By Junior Mayema,
The United Nations has an international obligation to protect all human beings that is enshrined in the universal declaration of human rights, they better include LGBT rights especially in this time and age when countries are executing their own citizens for being gay, the United Nations Nations Human rights Council must lobby the UN security council to force International criminal court to start arresting people who are stirring up the persecution of LGBT people since their own national laws that criminalize being gay let them walk free with impunity, it is about time for the UN to jump in and i am very happy to hear that the president of South Africa who said in 2006 that while he was growing up, he used to beat up every gay person that he met on the streets now condemn attacks on LGBT people , this is a positive step forward in a continent that is home of persecution LGBT people in the world, Like this one we have here in the USA Scott Lively must be under arrest for crime against humanity, he is already being sued here with the Alien Tort statute
Here are the good news below:
UN programs and specialized agencies are developing indicators to measure progress on the goals and targets once the post-2015 development agenda is agreed. Indicators on reproductive rights could include issues like abortion, artificial insemination, the morning after pill, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and other controversial issues. Activists funded by the European Union have already proposed such indicators.
Like the MDGs, the new goals will have a 15 year expiration, and focus foreign aid on specific goals and targets. Total official development assistance has hovered at just over $130 billion in recent years, of which roughly $25 billion go through UN programs, agencies, and funds.
The Summit to adopt the new development agenda will be held in September. That same weekend Pope Francis will be in the United States for the World Meeting of Families, and is expected to address the Summit.
And here is the second good news:
Commemorating the 103rd anniversary of the ANC, President Jacob Zuma has condemned hate crimes against gay, lesbian and transgender South Africans.
Zuma made the comments during his speech at Saturday’s ANC mass celebration in Cape Town, in which he delivered a statement from the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC.
Addressing the issue of crime, the president admitted that it remains a major social and economic challenge, before specifically mentioning attacks against LGBTI citizens, which have plagued post-apartheid South Africa.
“The ANC also condemns the violent crimes against women, children, the elderly and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex communities,” he told the 40,000 strong Cape Town Stadium crowd.
“These attacks are despicable and they must be stopped,” Zuma said.
He also urged ANC members “to participate in the campaigns against violence and also to report, to law enforcement agencies, any knowledge regarding these attacks.”
Zuma added that, “ANC branches must also be active in community education on laws, rights and duties of South African citizens.”
These statements are a far cry from the president’s notorious 2006 speech in which he said: “When I was growing up an ungqingili [a gay] would not have stood in front of me. I would knock him out.”
He, however, later apologised “unreservedly” for the comment.
Zuma has more recently been criticised by LGBTI activists for refusing to condemn anti-gay legislation enacted in other African countries, such as Uganda and Nigeria, and for appointing the homophobic former journalist Jon Qwelane as South Africa’s ambassador to Uganda.
In April last year, the ANC government launched Africa’s first state-led campaign in support of LGBTI equality in an effort to combat discrimination and violence against the LGBTI community.