For a “crime” that is not truly a crime, several members of the LGBTQ community from around the world are persecuted on a daily basis for their sexuality.
An example of this would be the Orlando shooting that took place on the 12th of June, 2016. The shooting occurred at a gay nightclub and 49 people were killed.
It’s cases like these it is essential for the government, NGOs and local organisations to intervene and take responsibility when it comes
to protecting these people.
There are several ways this could be done:
First, governments can implement strict laws ensuring the safety of the LGBTQ community and making anyone who violates them pay huge fines.
Second, NGOs can come together with local organisations and raise awareness through educational campaigns in targeted localities designed to teach people to be more tolerant towards the LGBTQ community and accept them for the people that they are.
Third, people who do attack this community should be given heavy sentences by the court so as to instill a fear inside anyone else who might be thinking of doing the same.
Until it is not made clear that there is protection for the LGBTQ community and that action will be taken against against any persecutors, violence towards the people of this community will prevail.
Various blocs have been formed; a number of countries have come together and views from around the globe have been brought to the table. How do we go about marriage laws? Do nations decide for themselves? Or do other nations get to play a part in the decision-making process?
Countries such as Algeria and Pakistan have submitted working papers proposing that every country should have the right to sovereignty with regards to marriage rights. All humans are at liberty to identify with whatever sexuality that they may. It is not the right of any foreign nation to decide the laws for other countries as every nation has its own different set of values.
Delegates from the United States of America quoted Pope Francis “ Who am I to
judge?” All nations should ensure that foreign leaders should not affect their national
marriage laws about conventional and non-conventional marriages.
Nations such as the UAE are very strongly of the view that homosexuality should not be publicly practiced and that the values on which the state of the UAE is run should be respected. In such scenarios, countries including the United States of America should not intervene and try to enforce their own ideologies on the population of more conservative countries that might have radically different opinions on marriage equality.
All nations have their own governments and therefore should get to decide their
laws affecting their subjects themselves.
Follow the link to watch a breaking scandal in UNHCR. Click here to watch.
And the 65th session of the HMUN commences, with conversations taking a rather interesting turn at the UNHRC committee room. Countries from across the globe don’t spare a minute as they bring their views to the table, views spread over a spectrum so broad that it ranges from Russia to France; views based on religion so extreme that they range from being absolutely against and severely intolerant towards homosexuality versus those more welcoming and kind to those qualified as “different”. Religion and LGBTQ are not two elements that react too well with each other which is why “religious reasons” have so much so resulted in the outbreak of violence when it has come to LGBTQ rights. Islam and Catholic Christians are seen as religions most against homosexuality. Islam however, on the very same note claims to be an extremely peaceful religion which is why it would be wrong to carry out terrorist attacks on homosexual individuals in the name of the aforementioned religion.
At the UNHCR committee session, the discussion generally revolved around the differing views that countries had on homosexuality based on their religious, or rather atheistic values. LGBTQ rights usually go head to head in a battleground with Islam whenever the discussion comes to religion. In the history of Islam, during the reign of the caliph Hazrat Umar people who refused to live by the rules of Islam were allowed to do so without any punishments or violence of any kind.
Al Jazeera, being the liberal news agency that it is, supported the points put forward by nations such as the US and France which had to say that no one has the right to prosecute anyone for their sexuality. Al Jazeera believes that everybody is entitled to choosing their own identity.