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UN:UPDATE 2, on OIC takes on SOGI at the Human Rights Council

Wednesday 29 February 2012, by siawi3

- Source: SOGI, Tuesday, February 28, 2012 7:07 PM
- Subject: Pakistan on SOGI Issues at the Council

During the high-level segment of the Human Rights Council today, Pakistan
on behalf of the OIC delivered the attached statement.

You’ll see at the end it includes two paragraphs on sexual orientation and
gender identity:

"The international community agreed during the World Conference on Human Rights, held in Vienna, that national and regional particularities and
various historical, cultural and religious backgrounds must be borne in mind
while considering the issue of human rights. It is in this context that the
issue of sexual orientation is approached by the OIC.

We are deeply concerned at the introduction of controversial notions like
’sexual orientation and gender identity’ at the Council. Focus on special
groups has been questioned in terms of the universality of Human Rights.
We have been consistent in opposition to the attempts to introduce - at the
United Nations - concepts that have no legal foundation in any international
human rights instrument. The international community only recognizes the
rights enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There
rights were duly codified in subsequent international legal instruments. We note with concern the attempts to create controversial new notions or standards by misinterpreting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
international treaties to include notions that were never articulated or
agreed to by the UN membership. These attempts undermine the intent of the drafters and signatories to these human rights instruments. The entire
international human rights framework is seriously jeopardized by such

This probably gives a good sense of what to expect at next week’s panel.

Best wishes,

- John Fisher
- Co-Director, ARC International