re Homosexuality and the International Community

This is just an update for those who read my earlier post about Homosexuality and the International Community.

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission have received ECOSOC UN Status.

After their hard battle with seemingly never-ending deadlocks to their success, the ECOSOC voted in favour of the US lead resolution to grant the IGLHRC the status they have worked so hard for. The resolution came at a vote of 23 in favor, 13 against, and 13 abstentions and 5 absences. This vote makes the IGLHRC the tenth organization working primarily for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) human rights to receive UN Status. It is hoped this success is a big step to furthering Homosexual rights in the international community.

As Cary Alan Johnson stated

Today’s decision is an affirmation that the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have a place at the United Nations as part of a vital civil society community

So a big well done to International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission for winning their three-year battle.


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  1. #1 by Tobias Thienel on 20 July 2010 - 18:42


    you wrote in your earlier post that ‘gay issues play an important role in the domestic law and politics of countries around the world.’

    Agreed. I assume you have seen that Lord Hope of Craighead even thinks that the ‘huge gulf […] in attitudes to and understanding of gay persons […] is one of the most demanding social issues of our time’ (HJ (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] UKSC 31, para. 3)?

    If that is so, surely the new status of IGLHRC should be a very welcome development.

    • #2 by Matthew on 20 July 2010 - 19:13

      Hello Tobias,

      I have read the case, in fact i wrote a post on it not long ago, praising the Supreme Court for overruling the Court of Appeal. From that case it also got my thinking of the judiciary in recent years, and i concluded that at least the English judiciary, which have been sometimes criticized for being unrepresentative of society, have become very forward thinking in their approach to this subject(especially Baroness Hale). Which of course is very welcome, and would love to hear your own opinion on the area.

      Agreed the new status of the IGLHRC is a very welcome development, and one that in my opinion has unnecessarily been delayed for three years.Hopefully now they have their rightful status they can attempt to bridge the gap of domestic progress with international progress.
      This is of course with a big caveat, there are only 10 UN status organizations that fight for homosexual rights, so i believe there is still a long fight ahead for the movement in the international arena.

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