Libya Tells UN Rights Council: “Gays threaten continuation of human race”

Libya’s post-suspension return marked by Islamist policy on gays

GENEVA, Feb. 13 – Gays threaten the continuation of the human race, Libya’s delegate told a planning meeting of the UN Human Rights Council today, reported the Geneva-based UN Watch monitoring group. It was the first appearance in the 47-nation body by the post-Gaddafi government, whose membership was restored in November following Libya’s suspension in March.

Protesting the council’s first panel discussion on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, scheduled for March 7th, Libya’s representative told the gathering of ambassadors today that LGBT topics “affect religion and the continuation and reproduction of the human race.” He added that, were it not for their suspension, Libya would have opposed the council’s June 2011 resolution on the topic.

In response, council president Laura Dupuy Lasserre said that “the Human Rights Council is here to defend human rights and prevent discrimination.”

The Libyan outburst prompted questions by human rights activists about Libya’s reinstatement on the council.

“We were happy to see the Gaddafi regime finally suspended last year,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, which in 2010 led a campaign of 70 human rights groups to expel the Libyan dictator.

“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,” said Neuer.

In November, when the UN General Assembly reinstated Libya on the council, deputy UN 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.”

“No violations of human rights will take place on Libyan territory in the future and if it happens the perpetrator will never get away with it,” he vowed.

Despite the pledges, however, Neuer said “the restoration of the new Libyan regime to the council, supported by 123 states including all of the Western democracies, was carried out precipitously and without any record of its commitment to human rights domestically and abroad. The new rulers’ pledges are being broken.”

“Gays are now paying the price, with their right to be free from violent attacks now being undermined at the UN by a country that democratic countries fought to liberate, and by a goverment that our leaders helped install. It’s all very disconcerting.”

20 Responses to “Libya Tells UN Rights Council: “Gays threaten continuation of human race””

  • Being homosexual is only talked about in the Bible like two times. You so called religious people lets focus on people living on the streets with their kids, people losing their homes & helping the sick Lets leave the gay people alone and fix these problems.

  • Yeah, they threaten the continuation of human race, such as sterile couples.

  • That this came as a surprise to anyone amazes me.

  • Well, yes gays threaten the continuation of the human race, because gay sex doesn’t make babies; but it’s really an individual’s business if they want to perpetuate the species or not, not the government’s. Besides, if gays do want to make babies (and some do!), there’s always the option of artificial insemination, so the “threat” is really overstated.

  • Surely in the post 7 billion anything to control population growth is a good thing considering the current lifestyle we have can only support 10 billion.

  • How is that possible, if gay people have been part of society since human race started?

    And don’t blame gay people, blame heterosexual perants, because they don’t stop bringing gay people to this world…

  • You would think a society that promotes polygamy would see homosexuality as a necessity. Otherwise you are stuck with a bunch of young, testosterone filled males who have no outlet for their urges other than violence. But I guess that is what jihad is for.

    Lovely “religion” they have there. Let’s hope it is not communicable.

  • Uh, John Thiessen, Islamists don’t care how many times homosexuality is in the Bible.

  • John, where in the hell do you see any Christian on this thread talking about gays? Please, point it out. Here’s the difference between Christians and Islamists- Christians tolerate gays but don’t think they should get married. Islamists think stone gays and think they should all be dead.

    You should fight the right enemy. Spoiler alert- the enemy is the religion that wants to kill you because you like members of the same sex.

  • Mr.Hillel Neuer must be desperately naive if he thought for a second that overthrowing Arab despots would yield an Arab Spring. He’s applying our civilization criteria on the world that has different references.
    In the Arab or better Muslim world we have a choice between pseudo-lay or religious societies. All more or less dictatorial. Islam and our vision of democracy are in my opinion mutually exclusive.
    As to the gays, they have rights but at the end gay attitude threatens the human race in the sense that it produces no kids. If they’ll be no heterosexuals, they’ll be no kids and the human race would disappear. Artificial insemination is possible but I doubt in the scale that would replace heterosexuals behavior.

  • Every time someone uses the excuse that same sex couples don’t propagate the species I have to laugh. Because not every opposite sex couple reproduces. But mostly because the Earth is populated with OVER 7 BILLION PEOPLE!!! We are not at risk for going extinct, people. Calm down, stop taking away people’s rights to have their own lives, and live your own life. -_-

  • There is truth to the Libyan “outburst”. (There is negative population growth in societies where heterosexual marriage is in decline e.g. Europe.) However, the corollary is not that gays don’t deserve full human rights protection.

    I am concerned when “human rights protection” means you cannot critique homosexuality as a practice.

  • Libya’s representative told the gathering of ambassadors today that LGBT topics “affect religion and the continuation and reproduction of the human race.”

    Does this imply that if Arabs are not restricted, They will ALL turn homosexual or transgendered, and will no longer continue to reproduce the human race??

    Can I assume that Arabs are forced to be heterosexual against thier will??

  • Well, I see the new free and democratic Libya is off to a bad start!

  • Wonderful to see that Libya will be the voice of reason. Hopefully this will put a stop to the UN’s tacit advocacy of degeneracy. Someone needs to speak out against this travesty.

  • The man’s outburst should be seen as the rubbish that it well and truly is, and responded to as such, with a strongly-worded, pointed reply by other members Human Rights Council. It should not be entertained or pandered to in the slightest. There is little doubt that the new regime in Libya has no real intentions of promoting human rights or working towards equality in its society. Sadly, the new regime, like many of the new regimes that sprang up, almost spontaneously during the ”Arab Spring” is, more than likely, an Islamist, Al-Qaeda backed effort that will not make the world a better place.

  • William Vananderoye

    Gays threaten the continuation of the human race? And this coming from a government that spreaded and is still spreading violence and murder in the streets? The Islamic world is divided in ethnic and religious fractions that have been slaughtering each other for ages. And they continue doing this at this very day. I call this racism of the worst kind. Is killing another human being on so-called religious grounds being considered as a blessing for the continuation of the human race? Is this not a criminal degeneration? Gay people have the right to search for happiness just as well as everybody. Even more, gay people – women and men – have the right to get their own or adopt children. Don’t tell me this is not in agreement with the future existence of the human race, because it most certainly is! Denying the fact that there are or should be gay people is denying the judgement of a divine creator that created them! Is this not a blasphemy, based on human arrogance and ignorance? Still, before condemning the islamic world, the western democracies should deal with the existing anti-gay tendencies in there own countries. The christian world is not as progressive and tolerant towards gays as it pretends to be. I think religions in general have a fundamental problem, namely the illusion that only they preach the truth. Another proof of shameful arrogance.

  • Can anyone tell me what’s Islam or religions, have to do with the above discussion?

    Can’t someone be an atheist and anti-homosexual or is it that your all just a bunch of bigots and racists?

    I searched the net for even one gay lynching, abuse, etc in Libya but there isn’t any. Give the country a chance to rebuild itself and its institutions and these freedoms will come with it. It will take years. Libya is actually a very tolerant society, has a small population and many young men were killed last year. Gay freedoms are the last thing on people’s minds.

  • Why do some gays always bash religion & vilify those of a religious persuasion? Adam has made a good point on this issue. The intolerance shown by some misguided gays is so sad.The world would be a better place if everyone would show more love.

  • Honestly speaking, gay life in Libya is too stressful, let me talk about my horrible experience which is the fact that I am gay and I have been always aggrieved and abused, the way I act, and talk bearing in mind that I am an educator, and a very helpful and instrumental individual in the community, there are gay and there number is extending so rapidly and I just want to assure you this..Please UN concentrate on this gay issue in this part of the Arab world, those bunch of people’s rights are being repressed and abused.

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