U.N. session on LGBTI killings by ISIS — ‘historic’ or mistake?

25 Aug

LGBTI killings by ISIS

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"Islamic State" logo “Islamic State” logo

The U.N. Security Council today held “a historic meeting” — “the first Security Council meeting on LGBT rights,” in the words of Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The goal: to publicize and develop strategies against anti-LGBTI violence perpetrated in Syria and Iraq by the troops of the Islamist State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, Daesh and Da’ish.

“It’s of the utmost importance for the Security Council to act urgently,” announced Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, after speaking to the informal closed-door session of the Security Council.

Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. (Photo courtesy of The Nation) Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. (Photo courtesy of The Nation)

For the sponsors of the meeting, including Power and Cristian Barros Melet, Chile’s U.N. Ambassador, the gathering was an important step toward confronting and neutralizing an enemy that has claimed responsibility for executing at least 30 people accused of sodomy.

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