By Junior Mayema,
In a time when religious extremism has reached dangerous level and human rights violations against LGBT people are rising to the level of crime against humanity committed by the majority of countries of the world that use their sovereignty as defense mechanism to commit human rights violations, this appointment is sending a strong and clear message that the USA is monitoring and condemning human rights violations against LGBT people in the strongest term and human rights violators will be held accountable here is the big news below by the state department :
Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons
Secretary of State
I could not be more proud to announce Randy Berry as the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons.
We looked far and wide to find the right American official for this important assignment. Randy’s a leader. He’s a motivator. But most importantly for this effort, he’s got vision. Wherever he’s served – from Nepal to New Zealand, from Uganda to Bangladesh, from Egypt to South Africa, and most recently as Consul General in Amsterdam – Randy has excelled. He’s a voice of clarity and conviction on human rights. And I’m confident that Randy’s leadership as our new Special Envoy will significantly advance efforts underway to move towards a world free from violence and discrimination against LGBT persons.
Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally – the heart and conscience of our diplomacy. That’s why we’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world. It’s why we’re building our capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons, and it’s why we’re working with governments, civil society, and the private sector through the Global Equality Fund to support programs advancing the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide.
Too often, in too many countries, LGBT persons are threatened, jailed, and prosecuted because of who they are or who they love. Too many governments have proposed or enacted laws that aim to curb freedom of expression, association, religion, and peaceful protest. More than 75 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex activity.
At the same time, and often with our help, governments and other institutions, including those representing all religions, are taking steps to reaffirm the universal human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. So while this fight is not yet won, this is no time to get discouraged. It’s time to stay active. It’s time to assert the equality and dignity of all persons, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. And with Randy helping to lead our efforts, I am confident that’s exactly what we can and will do.
Religious extremism is so unprecedented and gay people are the number one target here is one of a evident on how ISIS terrorists are planning to kill homosexuals :
ISIS vow to take over Rome and ‘throw homosexuals off of your leaning tower of PIZZA’
- Message was posted by Twitter account used to publicise ISIS activity
- ISIS supporter threatened to conquer Rome and bring shariah law to city
- Also warned terrorists will ‘throw homosexuals off leaning tower of pizza’
- Comes after jihadist spoke of plans to takeover Italian capital in ISIS video
- Threats sparked flood of mocking tweets and memes from Italian public
In the message, posted by a Twitter account linked to the terror group, the ISIS supporter also threatens to bring sharia law to the Italian capital.
It comes just days after masked jihadists warned of their intention to conquer the city in a video that showed the mass beheading of 21 Christians in Libya.
But rather than spark widespread panic, the threats have triggered a flood of mocking responses – with dozens taking to social media to make fun of the jihadists and their takeover plans.
Hapless: Above, the tweets posted today by an account linked to the Islamic State. In them, the user threatens to bring shariah law to Rome and ‘use your leaning tower of pizza to throw off homosexual’
In the threat posted today, Twitter user Abu Abdullah Britani, who openly publicises ISIS activity, wrote: ‘#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome with slaughter’.
The message was soon followed by one that read: ‘#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome, we will conquer & establish the justice of #shariah. We will use your leaning tower of pizza to throw off homosexual’.
The terrorists have previously thrown men off of buildings for ‘being gay’.
This most recent threat appears to indicate the terrorists intend to bring their barbaric practices to Europe – and plan to repeat the horrific scenes off the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
It appears the tweeter is unaware the tower is in Pisa, not Rome.
The hashtag #We_Are_Coming_O_Rome has been used by Islamic State supporters to discuss plans to reach Rome after the city was mentioned in a sickening video released earlier this week.
Sickening: The threats come just days after masked ISIS jihadists warned of their intention to conquer the city in a video that showed the mass beheading of 21 Christians in Libya. Above, a still from the brutal clip
The footage, which lasts five minutes, shows the Egyptian Christians dressed in jumpsuits being marched one by one along a lonely beach, each held by a fighter clad in black.
The captives, their faces uncovered, are made to kneel before being forced to lie down. The masked jihadists then behead them simultaneously.
In the video, one of the militants warned: ‘Today we are south of Rome. We will conquer Rome with Allah’s permission.’
They claimed their prisoners had been beheaded in Libya – just 220 miles south of Italy.
In the wake of the threat, Italian security chiefs have approved plans to put 4,800 soldiers on the country’s streets and post them to ‘sensitive sites’ to help prevent terrorist attacks.
Response: Rather than spark widespread panic, the threats have triggered a flood of mocking responses – with dozens taking to social media to make fun of the jihadists and their takeover plans
Reports claim 500 will be deployed in Rome – where soldiers are already guarding diplomatic residences, synagogues and Jewish schools.
The troops are also expected to be deployed at tourist venues such as archaeological sites and monuments.
Meanwhile, the commander of Vatican City’s 110-man Swiss Guard said his forces are ready to defend Pope Francis if ISIS attempt a strike .
But some experts have claimed that ‘Rome’ could be being used as a symbolic term by the terrorists, and might refer to the United States, Turkey, or the West as a whole.
Mocking: Some Romans offered advice to ISIS – with some warning them against travelling in rush-hour traffic (top) and another pointing out that the city already has a list of problems to address (above)
Unconvinced Twitter users have taken to the social networking site to undermine ISIS threats with a number of tweets and mocking memes.
Some played on the city’s history as the home of fearsome warriors, with one user posting an image of Russell Crowe in Gladiator with the message ‘So you are coming to Rome, let me entertain you’.
Another posted a cartoon of men dressed in armour and shields with the caption ‘Italian special units alerted to the threat of ISIS…’
A number of Romans took the opportunity to offer advice to ISIS – with some warning them against travelling in rush-hour traffic and others pointing out there may be glass on the street.
And one young woman politely asked the terrorists to stay at home, saying that the city already had a ‘long list’ of problems that needed to be fixed.