Target: Charles Ntwaagae, U.N. Ambassador for Botswana
Goal: Revoke resolution proposed by African nations that would suspend United Nations protections of LGBTQ rights.
Over 50 African states in the United Nations drafted a resolution that would suspend the newly created position of independent investigator of LGBTQ rights. The leader in this position, which was created by over 40 members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, is supposed to investigate abuse against the LGBTQ community. Despite gains made in many countries, there are still many more countries, in Africa and the Middle East, that carry out barbaric abuses towards members of the LGBTQ community. This is a human rights issue and, as such, the U.N. Human Rights Council took action to put an end to this treatment.
However, the African nations that signed the resolution argue that “sexual orientation and gender identity” are not internationally agreed upon concepts and should be disregarded by an international council such as the United Nations. However, this is not true. The brutal treatment of the LGBTQ community by dozens of nations is a human rights issue. Nations, like the ones that signed the resolution, must realize that there is no place for such treatment in the modern world.
Sign the petition to demand that the nations involved revoke their resolution. They are not only stuck in the past, something that will never enable them to make advancements in the modern world; they are also on the wrong side of history. More than half of the United Nations members believe that LGBTQ rights are human rights. It is time that these nations do, as well.
Dear Ambassador Ntwaagae,
You are only one member of more than 50 African states that drafted a resolution that seeks to suspend the United Nations position of independent investigator of LGBTQ rights. You argued that “sexual orientation and gender identity” are not internationally agreed upon human rights. Such issues may not be internationally agreed upon, but they are human rights. When many are brutally abused and murdered because they love a member of the same sex or because they identify as a member of the opposite sex, this is a human rights issue.
By suspending the position of independent investigator, the United Nations will be unable to look into the world’s severe human rights violations against members of the LGBTQ community. If the nations that drafted the resolution continue to fight against the advancement of LGBTQ rights, those nations will never find a place in the modern world. I ask that you and your fellow members revoke your resolution.
[Your Name Here]
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