UNITED NATIONS, Mar 20, 2001 ( – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland said yesterday she would resign from her position in September at the end of her four-year term. Robinson indicated that the reason for her decision to leave was based on the lack of funds available to the Human Rights Commission and because she felt constricted in terms of the activities she wanted to pursue. “I believe that I can, at this stage, achieve more outside of the constraints that a multilateral organization inevitably imposes,” she said. Her office receives some $20 million per year.

Over her tenure at the UN, Robinson has been one of the most outspoken proponents of homosexuality and abortion under the guise of protection from discrimination based on “sexual orientation” and “reproductive rights.” The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), was accorded special recognition by Robinson. In October 1998 ILGA met with Robinson in Geneva to discuss the advancement of lesbian and gay rights as human rights. According to an ILGA report on the meeting, Robinson appointed a liaison person in her office for ILGA to maintain stronger links and requested that ILGA supply material to help in the training of lesbian and gay awareness for all UN employees and working groups.

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