Apparently Libya doesn’t have its hands full trying to recover after the fall of the Gaddafi regime: The country’s representative to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, took time away from his schedule recently to condemn the upcoming March 7 panel on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation.
He told a February 14 gathering that gay issues “affect religion and the continuation and reproduction of the human race,” the Sydney Star Observer reports.
It was the first time Libya attended a council meeting since being suspended in March 2011. When the UN General Assembly reinstated the north African nation in November, deputy envoy Ibrahim Dabbashi said, “the new Libya deserves to return to the Human Rights Council to contribute with other members to the promotion of values of human rights.”
Maybe he had his fingers crossed?
The unnamed delegate added that, was it not for its suspension, his country would have joined other Islamic nations in opposing the historic June 2011 resolution mandating the panel and regular reports on attacks against the LGBT community.
“We were happy to see the Gaddafi regime finally suspended last year,” said UN Watch director Hillel Neuer. “Yet today’s shocking homophobic outburst by the new Libyan government, together with the routine abuse of prisoners, underscores the serious questions we have about whether the new regime is genuinely committed to improving on the dark record of its predecessor, or to pandering to some of the hardline Islamists amidst its ranks.”
Not wanting to leave a bro hanging, the delegate from Pakistan piped up on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, saying its 56 UN-member countries don’t recognize LGBT discrimination as a human-rights issue and that they refuse to recognize the authority of the Human Rights Council.
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