A leading gay rights group has expressed concern at newly-appointed UN Assembly President Ali Abdussalam Treki’s recent comments regarding homosexuality and LGBTI rights.
In an interview prior to his first address to the UN Assembly in his new role, Treki was asked about the statement in favour of the decriminalisation of homosexuality signed by 66 countries and read by the Argentinian representative last December at the General Assembly in New York, and declared himself to be “not in favour at all”.
Treki also stated that decriminalisation was “not acceptable in the majority of the world” and that “there are some countries that allow that (sic), thinking it is a kind of democracy”.
The International Lesbian & Gay Association (ILGA) this week issued an appeal to the representatives of the States which signed the statement against criminalisation of homosexuality, but also voted to elect Treki, to demand an explanation from him.
The ILGA issued a statement expressing their “deep worry and outrage” at Treki’s “failure to consider the protection of the life and safety of lesbians, gay men, trans, intersex and bisexual people all over the world.
“Considering that the statement called for the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality, one cannot but conclude that the new President of the UN Assembly is in favour of criminalising lesbians and gay men, bisexual, trans and intersex people. The worrying and serious implications of this attitude, coming from the new head of an institution which is supposed to regard human rights – all human rights – as the most sacred value, cannot be overstated.”

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