Fiji signs joint UN statement, NGO happy
Friday, March 25, 2011
Fiji and 84 other countries recently released a joint statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on "Ending Acts on Violence and Related Human Rights Violations Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity".
Local non-government organisation, Women's Action for Change director Peni Moore said her organisation was pleased with the action taken by the Government.
"For those of us who've been working in this area for a long time, it gave us great pride to see what the Government has done," said Mrs Moore.
She said she was honoured to be a member of one of the first Pacific island countries that was a signatory to the statement.
A statement released by the American Embassy yesterday confirmed the statement included expressions of concern on the continued evidence in every region on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said the event stressed a commitment by the US to human rights through dialogue, open discussion and frank conversation, according to a statement yesterday.
"Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights," Mrs Clinton said.
March 25, 2011
Gay Rights in Fiji supersede all other Rights
Penelope Moore, the head honcho of the NGO Women's Action for Change, would be happy.
She now has her pound of flesh for signing her credibility away to support an illegal and treasonous regime and killing the 1987 Constitution via their utopian Charter.
Unfortunately for Penelope, it fails to register that the respect for gay rights does not exist in a vaccuum and gay rights cannot be respected if FUNDAMENTAL human rights are not respected first.
Whatever and however they try and colour their attempts, this military regime does not respect human rights, and this development is a mere paper approval that will mean NOTHING on the ground.
We restate again for the record that we have no quarrel with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual (LGBT) individuals as we see them as human beings first and foremost, but all rights (including LGBT rights) were more than adequately enshrined in the 1987 Constitution which she and others of her ilk, are now proceeding to make defunct without due process and oversight by democratically elected representatives of the people .