23 ‘yes-es’ for gay people but not Malaysia
Khoo Ying Hooi, Jul 23, 10, 11:27am
Twenty-three ‘yes’ votes, 13 ‘no’ votes and 13 abstentions – the application of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) for ‘consultative status’ at the UN Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) finally gets approval.
Among those who voted ‘no’ was Malaysia along with Egypt, China, Russia, Niger, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Venezuela – they cited procedural reasons. Those voting in favour included the US, Britain, Canada, Germany, Brazil and Japan.
With the Ecosoc status, the group will now enjoy the privilege to attend the UN meetings, submit oral and print statements and not to mention, more collaboration opportunities with both government and UN agencies on human rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Currently, only nine of the 3,200 groups with consultative status at Ecosoc are gay and lesbian organisations.
The IGLHRC is a leading international organisation dedicated to human rights advocacy for people who face discrimination on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. It is currently based in the US and has offices in South Africa, Argentina and the Philippines.