LGBT Refugees Address First-Ever UN Security Council Panel on anti-LGBT Persecution

The U.N. Security Council held an informal, closed-door meeting with LGBT refugees from ISIS’ rampage in Iraq and Syria. It is the first time that the Security Council has held a meeting of any kind on anti-LGBT persecution. From Buzzfeed:

The meeting, organized by the U.S. and Chilean delegations, was held behind closed doors to protect the privacy of an anonymous Iraqi gay man who used the pseudonym “Adnan” and delivered testimony via telephone. It was attended by 13 of the 15 member nations of the powerful chamber, with only Chad and Angola refusing to participate. Four countries with troubling LGBT rights records of their own — China, Russia, Nigeria, and Malaysia — declined to speak, but remained present for the entire meeting.

“This is the first time in history that the council has held a meeting on the victimization of LGBT persons,” U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said in her remarks. “It is the first time we are saying, in a single voice, that it is wrong to target people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. It is a historic step. And it is, as we all know, long overdue.”

Former Human Rights Watch employee Scott Long wrote a critical review of the Arria’s utility, stating that it could open vulnerable LGBT people in Iraq and Syria to more murders. Ambassador Power and IGLHRC head Jessica Stern rebuffed skepticism in favor of further intelligence on ISIS’ genocidal, destructive regime.

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