19 November 2010

Travel advisory.

The United Nations recently contemplated a resolution against extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions.

Should be a no-brainer, right? Nope.

The resolution included executions "committed for any discriminatory reason, including sexual orientation." Naturally, an amendment was presented to remove those last three words from the resolution, which passed; 79 for, 70 against, 17 abstained. So, here's the list of UN member countries who, as a matter of public policy, have no problem with the arbitrary, state-sanctioned murder of people for the crime of being gay.
Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, North Korea, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam
Central America/Caribbean: Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Grenadines
Europe: Russian Federation
Middle East: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
South America: Guyana
I know Jamaica is supposed to be the most homophobic place on Earth (a distinction that Uganda desperately wants, given how it's on the cusp of enacting a national gay extermination law) but the rest of the Central America/Caribbean group surprises me. Really, I had no idea. Evidently, the general rule is former French and Dutch colonies are gay-friendly, the Spanish ones aren't, and the former British colonies are outright hostile.

I had no idea they meant murderously hostile. Jesus.

2 chimed in:

Mo Rage said...

pretty sick, innit?

Mo Rage said...

note our Saudi Arabian buddies are on the list, too, of course. yeehaw