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Presentation Title

The United Nations and LGBT Rights: The Struggle of the United Nations to Develop a Cohesive Policy to Protect the LGBT Minority

Location

Library 205

Abstract

Homosexuality remains illegal in 75 countries. It is punishable by death in eight of them and life imprisonment in another eight. Although lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgenedered (LGBT) peole are among the most persecuted in the world, only since 2008 has the United Nations (UN) only included the protection of LGBT rights on its agenda. In this presentation, we review the successes and the struggles of defending the LGBT minority at the UN. We review the normative political culture of member states opposed to inclusion of homosexuals as a protected group and consider what bearing UN treaties have over national sodomy laws.

Presentation Type

Group Talk

Start Date

4-9-2013 11:20 AM

End Date

4-9-2013 12:00 PM

Panel

Panel: The United Nations and LGBT Rights: The Struggle of the United Nations to Develop a Cohesive Policy to Protect the LGBT Minority from 11:20AM 12:00PM

Panel Moderator

James Marquardt

Field of Study for Presentation

Politics

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Apr 9th, 11:20 AM Apr 9th, 12:00 PM

The United Nations and LGBT Rights: The Struggle of the United Nations to Develop a Cohesive Policy to Protect the LGBT Minority

Library 205

Homosexuality remains illegal in 75 countries. It is punishable by death in eight of them and life imprisonment in another eight. Although lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgenedered (LGBT) peole are among the most persecuted in the world, only since 2008 has the United Nations (UN) only included the protection of LGBT rights on its agenda. In this presentation, we review the successes and the struggles of defending the LGBT minority at the UN. We review the normative political culture of member states opposed to inclusion of homosexuals as a protected group and consider what bearing UN treaties have over national sodomy laws.