December 22, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Clara Rita “Claire” A. Padilla, JD
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Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders Won Vote
in the UN General Assembly Resolution Protecting Against
Extrajudicial Executions Based on Sexual Orientation
Manila , December 21, 2010 – Yesterday, Tuesday, December 22, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trangenders (LGBTs) won the inclusion of a provision in a resolution on extrajudicial executions protecting them from extrajudicial executions based on sexual orientation at the United Nations General Assembly.
“This a very important resolution for LGBTs especially since there are countless extrajudicial executions made on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It is the only UN resolution to ever include an explicit reference to sexual orientation,” said Atty. Clara Rita Padilla, Executive Director of EnGendeRights.
Ninety-three States voted to include the reference to sexual orientation, 55 rejected the inclusion and 27 states abstained, including the Philippines.
Atty. Padilla added, “Despite our efforts in lobbying with the Philippine government, it is unfortunate that the Philippines ab stained in supporting the inclusion of such provision. I am personally dismayed. With the Philippines ’ ab stention, it is as if the Philippine government is making a pronouncement that it is fine for anyone to execute on the basis on one’s sexual orientation. Instead of ab staining, the Philippine government should have clearly supported the provision thereby sending a strong message that no extrajudicial executions should be done including on the basis of one’s sexual orientation. The Philippines should uphold universal human rights where all rights apply to everyone including if one is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The Philippine government also failed in its obligation to uphold equal protection of the rights of LGBTs. In this important resolution, the Philippine government failed to stand up for the rights of LGBTs not just in the Philippines but around the world.”
“The abstention of the Philippines is a step backwards from its previous support when it voted to include sexual orientation in the EJE resolution at UN GA in 2008. In the past years, there have been numerous reports of gay men being murdered in the Philippines without clear investigations and active prosecution being conducted leading to the perpetuation of the gay murders with impunity. The Philippines must perform its obligation to prevent, investigate and prosecute all killings including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity,” Atty. Padilla concluded.
Copy furnished through email:
Amb. Lesbie B. Gatan
Asec. for UNIO
Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Philippines
Amb. Libran N. Cabactulan
Ambassador and Permanent Representative, New York
Philippine Mission, Geneva
Office of the Executive Secretary
Office of the Presidential Management Staff
Presidential Human Rights Committee
Office of the Press Secretary
Philippine Commission on Women
ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights – Philippine Representative
Commission on Human Rights