The UN – generally a nice sort of people – has a resolution that condemns unjustified executions (as opposed to the cool ones on Spooks). So far, so, you know, far.
In words that will go over the heads of people who find their entertainment elsewhere, the UN condemns ‘extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings’, and the resolution is put up for the vote in the UN General Assembly every two years. So far, so, you know, so.
The resolution makes specific reference to many groups of people who might be vulnerable to execution, including ethnic minorities, human rights defenders and those who believe in fairies at the bottom of their gardens. It has also, for the past ten years, explicitly referenced the gays. So far, so, you know, ‘mo.
Until now. Under pressure from – you guessed it – a bunch of moronic African nations who instead of working out how to get clean water are frothing at the fanny at the idea that two men can actually have it off (sweety), the UN has removed any reference to gays and lesbeans from their resolution condemning unjustified executions.
Which leads us to the conclusion that the UN thinks the execution of gays and lesbeans is justified. Just sayin’.
Over to Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (imagine trying to cram all that on a business card that fits into your life and your handbag):
‘This vote is a dangerous and disturbing development.
‘It essentially removes the important recognition of the particular vulnerability faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people – a recognition that is crucial at a time when 76 countries around the world criminalise homosexuality, five consider it a capital crime, and countries like Uganda are considering adding the death penalty to their laws criminalising homosexuality.’
Oh, Africa… the continent sanity forgot. (We’d normally make an exception for South Africa at this juncture but, well, we don’t feel like it. Though the Garden Route is particularly lovely this time of year.)