Vatican slammed over anti-gay UN campaign
March 31, 2004
Australia's newly formed national LGBT human rights coalition, the
Equal Rights Network, has expressed deep disappointment that Brazil
appears unlikely to proceed with a ground-breaking UN resolution on
human rights and sexual orientation because of pressure from the
Vatican and Islamic Governments.
ERN spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said that the resolution, which was
due to be debated in the current session of the UN Human Rights
Commission in Geneva, is the most important development in LGBT human
rights globally for a decade.
"This resolution holds out the best hope yet of a better life for
LGBT people across Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America",
Mr Croome said.
"By opposing this resolution the Vatican and the Conference of
Islamic States are colluding with, and effectively endorsing, the
harassment, gaoling [jailing], torture and execution of LGBT people in many
Mr Croome said ERN will do all it can to support efforts by activists
in Geneva who are attempting to find alternate sponsors for the
resolution. – For more information: Rodney Croome
UN gay rights resolution withdrawn [30/03/04]