Posted by: G-AZZI | November 18, 2010

79 Criminal countries

For the last 10 years, the United Nation resolution which condemns extrajudicial and arbitrary executions included an explicit reference to killings committed because of the victims’ sexual preferences as part of a list of people that are particularly targeted by killings: persons belonging to national minorities, human rights defenders etc….

This might seem as a basic human rights issue, no person with a minimum of human ethics would oppose such resolution; no human being should be subject to arbitrary execution. The clear reference to sexual orientation is critical especially that homosexuality is criminalized in many countries in the world; Countries across the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) feature some of the most oppressive laws against sexual minorities; of the seven countries worldwide that punish homosexuality by death, over half are found in the Middle East. LGBT people in the Arab world are frequently victims of honour killing.

Yesterday, Mali and Morocco representing respectively the organization of Islamic countries (which includes Lebanon) and the African nations decided that LGBT people should not have the “luxury” of protection against inhuman executions and they asked to remove the words “sexual orientation” and replacing them with “discriminatory reasons on any basis.”

The amendment presented by Mali and Morocco passed narrowly by 79 for and 70 against. Lebanon was part of the countries who voted for the amendment. It is not the first time that Lebanon votes against any reference to sexual minorities rights. The Lebanese delegations at the UN meetings follow passively any decision made by the organization of Islamic countries.

The last time I personally participated to a UN meeting it was at the UNGASS meeting on HIV/ AIDS, back then the official delegation of Lebanon included very liberal individuals, however none of them argued the decision of the OIC to push towards the removal of any reference to sexual minorities.

We need to push for more active Lebanese delegation that is worth representing us and willing to defend basic human rights.

The list of criminal countries who voted In favour of the amendment to remove sexual orientation from the resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (79):

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brunei Dar-Sala, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Opposed to the amendment to remove sexual orientation from the resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (70):

Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Micronesia (FS), Monaco, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela

Others abstained or were absent



  1. SAD!!!!

  2. Is it time to upscale our activism to a new level? I believe the answer is YES.

  3. w even serbia voted against

  4. Those 79 form a new specific list of ‘third world’ countries.

  5. I am surprised to see South-Africa in the list!

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