Pakistan Opposes UN Discussion of Anti-gay Violence

Supported by all 57 nations of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

London – Pakistan and the Islamic bloc of nations at the UN have declared their opposition to the UN Human Rights Council discussing discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

A panel discussion is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, 7 March 2012, at the UN in Geneva, during the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Their opposition is set out in a letter to the UN Human Rights Council, signed by the Pakistani Ambassador to the UN, Zamir Akram. He writes on behalf of the government of Pakistan and all 57 countries that belong to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The Ambassador’s letter makes the claim that LGBT rights are not human rights; asserting that they have “nothing to do with fundamental human rights.” It denounces same-sex relationships as “abnormal sexual behaviour;” adding that “the issue of sexual orientation is unacceptable to the OIC.” Ambassador Akram’s letter concludes by vowing that the OIC member countries “record their opposition to the holding of this panel and will not accept its considerations and recommendations.”

Despite opposition by Islamic nations (and others), it is expected that the UN Human Rights Council panel on Wednesday will reaffirm its commitment to combat discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Source – Peter Tatchell Foundation