Letter from UN’s Islamic group to UNHRC President Opposing Panel on Violence Against Gays

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PERMANENT MISSION OF PAKISTAN
TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND
OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

56 me de Moillebeau
1211 Geneva 19
Tel: (4122) 7491930
Fax: (4122) 734 8085
E-mail: mission.vakistan@ties.ita.int.

Ambassador
No. Pol/S0/2012

14 February 2012

H.E. Ms. Laura Dupuy Lasserre
President of the Human Rights Council
Geneva

My dear President,

I am writing to you in my capacity as Coordinator of the OIC Group on Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues in Geneva.

2.         I wish to explain the position taken by the Member States of the OIC onResolution 17/19 and the subsequent Panel on “Discrimination and Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” scheduled to be held on 7 March 2012 during the 19’th Session of the Human rights Council.

3.         The OIC States are deeply concerned by the introduction in the Human Rights Council of controversial notions like “sexual orientation and gender identity.” The OIC countries have been consistent in their opposition to the consideration of these controversial notions in the context of human right at international fora.

4.         We are seriously concerned at the attempt to introduce in the United Nations concepts that have no legal foundation in any international human rights instrument. The international community only recognizes those rights enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which were codified in subsequent international legal instruments.

5.         We note with concern the attempts to create controversial “new notions” or “new standards” by misinterpreting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and intemational treaties to include such notions that were never articulated or agreed to by the UN membership. These attempts undermine not only the intent of the drafters and signatories to these human rights instruments, but also seriously jeopardize the entire international human rights framework.

6.         We are even more disturbed at the attempt to focus on certain persons on the grounds of their abnormal sexual behaviour, while not focusing on the glaring instances of intolerance and discrimination in various parts of the world, be it on the basis of colour, race, gender or religion, to mention only a few.

7.         It must also be recognized that the international community agreed during the World Conference on Human Rights, held in Vienna in 1993, that while considering the issue of human rights, national and regional particularities and various historical, cultural and religious backgrounds must be borne in mind. From this perspective, the issue of sexual orientation is unacceptable to the OIC.

8.         The OIC Member States are concerned that the Panel will discuss issues that relate to personal behavior and preferences, and have nothing to do with fundamental human rights. This debate will shift the focus from the real issues that deserve the attention of the Council.

9.         For the reasons explained above the Member States of the OIC would like to place on record their opposition to the holding of this panel and will not accept its considerations and recommendations.

Sincerely yours,

Zamir Akram
Ambassador and Permanent Representative
Coordinator of the OIC Group on Human Rights
and Humanitarian Issues

Copy to H.E. Ms. Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights

14 Responses to “Letter from UN’s Islamic group to UNHRC President Opposing Panel on Violence Against Gays”


  • Zamir Akram shame on you!!

  • I seem to remember a certain A Hitler took his country out of the league of nations in the 1930s, swiftly followed by his fellow fascists. Is this the precursor to the next world war when the UN paper tiger disintegrates?

  • It is strange the Islamic Republic of Pakistan stands against rights for all — gays, Christians, Hindus and Baloch and Sindhis in one go. Pakistan is conducting worst kinds of human rights violations in Balochistan.

  • Abnormal sexual behaviour? Is that the same sort of ‘normal’ behaviour followers of Islam have? Like throwing stones at a woman until she bleeds to death in the ground? Or whipping and caning people? Or like the President of Iran used to do, riding around on motorbikes taking razors to womens lips if they had lipstick on them? Take a look at yourselves before you have a go at gay people.

  • Obviously you are very selective to whom may enjoy human rights….Muslim men!

  • miss philippa jones

    i am deaply sickend by the attitude of the un’s islamic group i am both trans and lesbian and i have never had a problem with the islamic nation before and still dont.i realise you dont represent the general population of islamic peoples world wide i will just take it you are yet another small group of extremist fundamentalists.i just think you are very sad and quite insane

  • Unbelievable. That is so sick. What is wrong with those islamic countries. The only thing they obviously all can agree on is violence against minorities. That is so unbelievable sad. Shame on you!

  • “We are seriously concerned at the attempt to introduce in the United Nations concepts that have no legal foundation in any international human rights instrument.”

    Zamir Akram needs to read the European Convention on Human Rights:

    “ARTICLE 14

    The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.”

    It doesn’t specifically mention homosexuality, but it is implied by the conditions.

  • This is a disgrace. Shame on OIC.

  • DEAR OIC: Wait, so now you want the freedom to believe? Excellent! The freedom of religion, if equally applied for everyone, guarantees the rights of those who don’t believe that their religions allow homosexuality, just as it guarantees the rights of those who believe it is okay to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The only difference is it prevents those who disagree with homosexuality from harming those who are okay with it. The only reason then why you don’t want to believe in this form of equality is because you actually want the right to harm others who believe differently. If you don’t grant others the freedom to believe differently, how can you appeal for that freedom yourself?

  • Everyone should think the other beings in the world is similar to themselves. When this happens there would be no war or discrimination or hatred in this world. The only way to achieve this is by love. Only by love.

  • This letter shows just how ignorant, backward and immoral Islam really is.

    Homosexuals do not choose their sexuality, it is how nature made them, so to murder, persecute or discriminate against homosexuals is totally unjust. (If you disagree with this statement, educate yourself in basic biology – homosexuality is found throughout the animal kingdom!)

    It should particularly be noted that the UN panel is discussing VIOLENCE against homosexuals. That 57 Islamic nations think it’s fine to be violent against homosexuals shows just how false the title ‘The Religion of Peace’ really is!

    Shame on everyone who promotes or condones Islamic doctrine!

  • Kudos to the Pakistani spokesman. Obama’s futile attempts to homosexualise the Geneva Conventions and spread this LGBT epidemic in the middle east will not be tolerated.

  • Kudos to the development of international human rights and increasing awareness that is being raised for LGBTI rights. The OIC’s futile attempts to argue in favour of continued discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and spread an attitude of bigotry and intolerance should not be tolerated.

    While people are entitled to their own opinions and beliefs this does not in any circumstance allow violence and discrimination to be inflicted on LGBTI individuals because of what you believe in. It is blatant hypocrisy on the part of the OIC to proclaim their commitment to preventing discrimination on grounds such as race and religion yet condemn the fact that the HRC and others are ‘prioritising’ sexual orientation rights.

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