[SOCHUM] New Zealand submitted draft proposal to the Third Committee

New Zealand has just submitted a resolution to tackle the problem of LGBTQ facing persecution. The proposal was supported by all pro-LGBT countries, including Australia, France, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago. In this proposal, the bloc called for the recognition of LGBT rights, the dissemination of information about LGBT people and the establishment of a non-profit agency in "homophobic" countries to assist the LGBT communities in those countries.

The move was critized by Saudi Arabia and her LGBT allies for being too "idealistic" and urged the house to reconsidered the resolution

Full text of the draft resoluton:

The General Assembly Third Committee,

 

Being guided by the purposes and principles of human rights including LGBTQ+ rights,

 

Bearing in mind that the problem of LGBTQ+ individuals fleeing persecution is a matter of priority for the UN as well as the international bodies,

 

Referring to the UN’s Free & Equal Campaign in 26th July 2013 with the purpose of promoting understanding of LGBTQ+ people’ fundamental rights,

 

Recalling the continuous update of UN Refugees Agency on how to effectively and sensitively assist LGBTQ refugees and asylum-seekers,

 

Deeply concerned by the explicit discrimination towards LGBTQ people in anti-LQGBTQ countries,

 

Expressing grave concern about the increasing and everlasting amount of LGBTQ people facing discrimination from their places of birth and  fleeing from persecution,

 

Welcoming the fact that almost 40 countries have legalized same-sex relationships since 1990,

 

Noting with satisfaction the past action of UN bodies and non-governmental organizations,


 

  1. Reaffirms the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which stated that that human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and that everyone, regardless of race, colour, background, gender identity, culture and religion, sexual orientation, political and other opinions, is entitled to all rights and freedom ;


 

  1. Encourages all UN member states to act more openly towards individuals of sexual minorities, concerning all aspects of human rights, using methods including but not limited to:

  1. holding annual international conferences, hosted by the United Nations, with the aim to address the current status of each countries, amending international laws, if needs be, towards the advancement of recognition of the rights of the LGBT community

  2. organizing international campaigns, such as the UN “Free and Equal”, with the purpose of spreading awareness among citizens regarding LGBT rights

  3. urging all governments to consider recognizing the fundamental rights of LGBTQ+ community, bearing in mind the religion, culture and political viewpoints of each country, including but not limited to:

    1. the right to live

    2. no torture

    3. no slavery

    4. the right to a fair trial

    5. the freedom of thought, conscience and religion

    6. the freedom of movement

    7. the freedom of speech

 

  1. Calls for further support from all Member States, especially those with widespread hostility towards the LGBTQ+ individuals, in developing culturally sensitive training programs and materials, by the following ways, including but not limited to:

  1. conducting meetings to work out the process of sending LGBTQ+ refugees to other countries without putting destination countries in stress

  2. establishing policies regarding the right of the countries’ LGBT community without violating the countries’ cultural, religious and political stances ;

 

  1. Encourages efforts in disseminating knowledge about the LGBT rights and citizens suffering from discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation by these following methods, including but not limited to:  

    1. publishing and publicizing annual reports on the discrimination of LGBTQ+ people by the society as well as their own families and friends

    2. launching special programs aimed at training experts and staff in the field, funded and conducted by the UN and other relevant international agencies

    3. disseminating publications for educators and teachers on the topic of LGBTQ+ community and their rights so as to ensure they have proper knowledge in the field and raise awareness of the issues amongst the school environment

    4. incorporating the topic of LGBTQ+ into school curriculums mandatorily for students of appropriate ages, preferably secondary and older students,

    5. holding frequent talks by experts at various schools on the topic of LGBTQ+ as well as other public events in order to familiarize the citizens with the concept of LGBTQ+ community and help them view this group with more tolerance

    6. encouraging more media coverage of violence and assaults against LGBTQ+ community and their sufferings with the purpose of further spreading the current situation LGBTQ+ individuals are facing, hence further stimulating actions,

 

  1. Respects, however not supportive of, countries that are either against or have not recognized the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and same-sex marriage, including but not limited to:

    1. the countries’ traditions and culture

    2. the countries’ laws and political viewpoints

    3. the countries’ policies towards LGBTQ+ individuals ;

 

  1. Urges member states with inadequate protection for LGBTQ+ community to make an effort in being more tolerant and respective towards LGBTQ+ people as well as their values and actions while not forcing any alterations on national cultures and religion;

    1. abolishing imprisonment, corporal and capital punishment directed at LGBTQ+ community or people who practice homosexual activities

    2. allowing the operation of the aforementioned organisation, with little to no interference  in order to create more leeway for the LGBTQ+ community ;

 

  1. Proposes the establishment of a non-profit organization co-supervised by the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the United Nation High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) with branches based in all homophobic Member States, with the purpose of:

    1. assisting members of the LGBTQ+ communities in countries with inadequate protection for LGBTQ+ community with respect to their needs for essential resources and entitlement to basic human rights

    2. allowing members of the LGBTQ+ communities to freely state their sexual orientation, regardless of their nations’ culture, religion and political stances with minimal disruptions

    3. controlling the flow of LGBTQ+ refugees to destination countries so as to curtail any strain or pressure that may be imposed on destination countries

    4. enabling governments of destination countries to reduce the complexity of LGBTQ+ immigration procedures, heading towards abolition of phallometry in refugee status determination

    5. further assisting and providing necessary guidance for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers during the process of applying for and working through immigration procedures in destination countries

    6. acting as a consultation agency within concerned countries where LGBTQ+ people can seek constructive advice on various aspects including but not limited to:

      1. psychological stability and well-being

      2. gaining efficient access to mainstream services,

      3. updating on the availability of social opportunities and appropriate information ;

 

  1. Encourages governments to acknowledge the topic of LGBTQ+ as part of psychological education for citizens irrespective of their age, background, races, sex and religious and political viewpoint ;

 

  1. Further encourages public relations, media and influential personalities to outspokenly advocate and promote the international recognition of LGBTQ+ rights with a view to further raising awareness among societies, especially young citizens;

 

  1. Requests the cooperation between Member States with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nation High Commissioner of Refugees  to provide the human, technical and financial resources to facilitate the tackling of the problem of LGBTQ+ individuals fleeing persecutions, if needs be;

 

  1. Urges countries of asylum to develop policies to provide LGBTQ+ refugees with fundamental rights and liberty, assist them to adjust themselves to resettlement, in aspects including but not limited to:

    1. health and education

    2. security

    3. employment.