Skip to comments.Countries Reject Declaration of Homosexual Rights at OSCE
Posted on 07/19/2013 4:31:34 AM PDT by markomalley
Homosexual groups were dealt a humiliating blow at the end of last month by the worlds largest regional security organization.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation of Europe (OSCE) shot down a resolution recognizing a controversial declaration on homosexuality by a vote of 24 to 3. Even countries that are usually friendly to homosexual groups deserted them.
The non-binding declaration, known as the Yogyakarta Principles, declares comprehensive special new rights for individuals who identify as lesbian, homosexual, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). The 29 principles were prepared in 2006 by activists, academics and former unelected officials of international bodies.
Proponents insist the principles are authoritative interpretations of existing international law, and have asked international organizations to endorse them. They have had varying success, mostly with unelected officials. Getting the OSCE on board would have been a significant victory for homosexual groups and their international friends because representatives at OSCE meetings tend to be elected officials.
Belgium was confident the resolution could pass. The Council of Europe, with almost the same countries as the OSCE, recognized some of the principles in a 2010 resolution. But the initiative turned into a nightmare when even countries that usually side for LGBT rights refused to support it. Chief among its opponents, and surprisingly to many, was the United States.
Only three of the twelve original co-sponsors of the resolution maintained their support after the resolution was discussed. When it came up for debate, the atmosphere in the room suddenly became tense.
U.S. Congressman Chris Smith with the US delegation was the first to speak. He said the Yogyakarta Principles contradict OSCE commitments to religious freedom and freedom of speech. He listed several conflicts between the principles and the tenets of major religions, as well as binding international law. Smith also pointed out that governments never negotiated the principles.
While the Obama administration has declared LGBT rights a priority for the United States, and public statements by President Barack Obama and other officials continue to give that impression, this latest episode may signal a change of direction.
The United States was not alone in denigrating the Yogyakarta Principles.
Poland motioned to remove the resolution from the agenda and not even debate it. Their representative made a surprisingly forceful intervention, saying the principles contradicted Polands constitution, and no international body has ever defined the terms sexual orientation and gender identity.
Countries that grant special new rights for individuals who identify as LGBT, like Italy, which grants homosexual couples special status through civil unions, also spoke against the resolution.
Promoting partisan advocacy would diminish the authority of OSCE according to the Italian representative. He observed that it is inappropriate for the OSCE to even discuss the merits of the Yogyakarta Principles. He pointed out how the OSCE recognizes the right of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, to be free of discrimination.
He effectively said the principles go beyond the accepted normative framework for human rights embraced by OSCE states, echoing legal experts who say the Yogyakarta Principles do not accurately reflect international law.
Russia and Armenia also made comments opposing the resolution. No OSCE country offered words in support of taking up the resolution, not even Belgium.
It's not a change in direction, but it doesn't go with their "nudge" strategy.
Here is a list of these "principles."
One of them (#21), would outlaw any church that did not fully embrace the homosexual agenda:
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. These rights may not be invoked by the State to justify laws, policies or practices which deny equal protection of the law, or discriminate, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
States shall:a) Take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure the right of persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, to hold and practise religious and non-religious beliefs, alone or in association with others, to be free from interference with their beliefs and to be free from coercion or the imposition of beliefs;
b) Ensure that the expression, practice and promotion of different opinions, convictions and beliefs with regard to issues of sexual orientation or gender identity is not undertaken in a manner incompatible with human rights.
So in other words, these principles would say that States will take all necessary actions to suppress religions that do not allow perverts to express themselves.
And, in addition, States will take all necessary actions to suppress all speech that is not pervert-friendly.
While I have no doubt the Obama Administration wants to go there eventually, I think they realize that they can't go there yet.
Sorry, but some people you cannot humiliate...
Look for increase civil disobedence.
.....Oh yes you can!
> Promoting partisan advocacy would diminish the authority of OSCE according to the Italian representative. He observed that it is inappropriate for the OSCE to even discuss the merits of the Yogyakarta Principles. He pointed out how the OSCE recognizes the right of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, to be free of discrimination.
In other words, OSCE didnt fall for the Alinsky polarization tactic used bythe LGBT community here in the U.S. because PC is not so ingrained into their society...
Yeah, that’s right. Get f&cked, agenda-pushers. There’s still some sanity in this world.
The backlash building up will be terrible for the crap these groups have put citizens through. In the end, the freedom to associate with who we want will win out over government tyranny.
That is the key for the left; “usually friendly” is not enough - they need full obedience.
A pedophile is "sexually oriented" towards children... no one will dare "define" the term "sexual orientation." They need to keep all options open for the perverts of the world.
Who are the 3 countries that voted support for the queers? The should be kicked out of the OSCE immediately.
they had the same rights as any human whether they are a perv or not, they just want to jump up a rung above all the boring normal people. No it is not normal to be homosexual and stating it is normal won’t make it so.
Well that's a good thing. I have a personal policy of never entering in to a binding agreement with a homosexual.
A big shout of “THANK YOU” to Chris Smith: http://chrissmith.house.gov/biography/
Absolutely every person who ever lived is the product of a heterosexual union.
Absolutely no homosexual union is capable of such procreation.
There is an objective difference.
Societies, including governments, have an interest in facilitating and preserving heterosexual unions for the continuation and stability of society. Consensus is that scrutinizing every proposed union for procreative potential is unnecessary and inappropritate; however, if the proposed union is flatly incapable of procreation based on no more information than the genders involved, such sociopolitical facilitation and preservation of that union is a non-sequitur.