Libya: - Homofili truer menneskeheten

Hans Rustad

Homo­fili truer reli­gion og men­neske­ra­sens frem­tid, sa Libyas repre­sen­tant i FNs Mennes­k­retts­råd mandag.

Libya ble sus­pen­dert fra rådet i mars ifjor, men gjen­inn­satt i novem­ber. Nå lurer enkelte på om det var for tidlig.

Hvor alvor­lig utta­lel­sen skal tol­kes kan dis­ku­te­res. NGO’en UN Watch mener det viser at de nye sty­res­mak­tene i Libya ikke for­står og over­hol­der grunn­leg­gende prin­sip­per. UN Watch mener det tyder på at liby­erne har slått inn på en isla­mis­tisk linje, hvor homo­fili anses for haram.

 

GENEVA, Feb. 13 – Gays threa­ten the con­ti­nua­tion of the human race, Libya’s dele­gate told a plan­ning meeting of the UN Human Rights Coun­cil today, reported the Geneva-based UN Watch moni­to­ring group. It was the first appea­rance in the 47-nation body by the post-Gaddafi govern­ment, whose mem­ber­ship was resto­red in Novem­ber following Libya’s sus­pen­sion in March.

Pro­tes­ting the council’s first panel discus­sion on discri­mi­na­tion and vio­lence based on sexual ori­en­ta­tion, sche­du­led for March 7th, Libya’s repre­sen­ta­tive told the gat­he­ring of ambas­sadors today that LGBT topics “affect reli­gion and the con­ti­nua­tion and repro­duc­tion of the human race.” He added that, were it not for their sus­pen­sion, Libya would have oppo­sed the council’s June 2011 reso­lu­tion on the topic.

In response, coun­cil pre­si­dent Laura Dupuy Las­serre said that “the Human Rights Coun­cil is here to defend human rights and pre­vent discrimination.”

The Libyan out­burst promp­ted ques­tions by human rights acti­vists about Libya’s rein­state­ment on the council.

We were happy to see the Gad­dafi regime finally sus­pen­ded last year,” said Hillel Neuer, exe­cutive direc­tor of UN Watch, which in 2010 led a cam­paign of 70 human rights groups to expel the Libyan dicta­tor from the coun­cil mem­ber­ship, “but this is not the Arab Spring we hoped for.”

Today’s homop­ho­bic out­burst by the new Libyan govern­ment, toget­her with its rou­tine abuse of pri­so­ners and other ongo­ing vio­la­tions, under­sco­res the serious ques­tions many have about the new regime’s com­mit­ment to impro­ving on the dark record of its pre­de­ces­sor,” said Neuer.

In Novem­ber, when the UN Gene­ral Assem­bly rein­stated Libya on the coun­cil, deputy UN envoy Ibra­him Dab­bashisaid “the new Libya deser­ves to return to the Human Rights Coun­cil to con­tri­bute with other mem­bers to the pro­mo­tion of values of human rights.”

No vio­la­tions of human rights will take place on Libyan ter­ri­tory in the future and if it hap­pens the per­pe­tra­tor will never get away with it,” he vowed.

Accor­ding to Neuer, how­e­ver, “Libya’s rein­state­ment, sup­ported by 123 sta­tes inclu­ding all of the Western democ­racies, was car­ried out preci­pi­tously and wit­hout any evi­dence of a com­mit­ment to human rights dome­sti­cally or abroad.”

Gays are now pay­ing the price, with their right to be free from exe­cution and vio­lent attacks in places like Iran under attack at the UN by a coun­try that democra­tic countries fought to libe­rate, and by a gover­ment that our lea­ders hel­ped install. Instead, the new Libya is pan­de­ring to the Isla­mists in its ranks. It’s alarming.”




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