By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
NEW YORK, June 12, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Organization of American States has reportedly approved a resolution that expresses “concern” for the “violations of related human rights committed against individuals based on their sexual orientation.”
The resolution, introduced by the government of Brazil and passed quietly on June 3 by acclamation, further directs that the Committee on Political and Juridical Affairs add the topic “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity” to its agenda in the coming months. The resolution further requires the Permanent Council of the OAS to give a report about the proceedings.
“Gender identity” refers to the gender an individual claims to have, rather than his actual gender. Homosexual activists urge that such people be given “rights” allowing them to identify with whatever gender they wish.
The document, which reportedly carries the number AG/RES-2435 (XXXVIII-O/08), and is titled “Resolution on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity”, cannot be found in any language on the OAS website, which also contains no mention of its having been passed. Its passage was also virtually unmentioned in the mainstream media.
The pro-abortion organization PROMSEX published the resolution along with a longer statement made at the OAS meeting in Medellin, Columbia, by the “Coalition of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transvestites, Transexuals, Transgenders, and Intersex of the Americas,” which demands official recognition of “diverse sexual orientations, identities, and gender expressions,” including “the right to change one’s name and sex in documents without requiring genital mutilation.” The groups also demand the abolition of anti-sodomy laws, and protection from “discrimination”.
The pro-abortion and pro-homosexual organization “Human Rights Watch” lauded the passage of the resolution. The organization has long claimed that homosexuals have a right to engage in and promote sodomy, as well as to “marry”, and often reprimands governments that refuse to capitulate to the homosexual ideology.
“This resolution is a bold first step toward ending violence and discrimination,” said Scott Long of Human Rights Watch in a press release. “For the resolution to have an impact, concrete changes in law and policy must follow.”
Brazilian pro-family activist Julio Severo, who has monitored the homosexual movement in Brazil for decades, told LifeSiteNews that the OAS resolution is the result of committed pro-homosexual activism on the part of the administration of President Luiz Lula.
“The Lula administration is showing a solid determination to promote the homosexual agenda in a world scale,” said Severo. “Its first attempt to introduce it in the UN was frustrated by a strong Muslim opposition. Yet, it did not give up. It is directing now its efforts through the Organization of the American States without the same strong opposition. Muslims have shown more courage than Christians.”
The Organization of American States, which includes all of the nations of North and South America, provides a forum to “strengthen cooperation on democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world,” according to its website.
Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity, AG/RES-2435 (XXXVIII-O/08) (in Spanish)
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