The sodomy-lobby in the European Parliament continues its efforts to get texts adopted in which sodomy is a human right. The newest attempt is the “Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2013 and the European Union’s policy on the matter“ drafted by Pier Antonio Panzieri, a socialist MEP from Italy, which inter alia contains the following statements:
“(The European Parliament)
- Points out that 78 countries still criminalise homosexuality, including seven which provide for the death penalty; firmly condemns the recent increase in discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, worldwide, and most notably in Nigeria and Uganda; encourages close monitoring of the situation in Nigeria, Uganda, India and Russia, where new laws or recent legal developments seriously threaten the freedom of sexual minorities; reaffirms its support for the continuing work of the High Commissioner on Human Rights to combat these discriminatory laws and practices and for the work of the UN more generally on this issue;
- Welcomes the adoption in 2013 of the EU Guidelines to promote and protect the enjoyment of all human rights by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons; calls on the EEAS and the Commission to raise the issue of LGBTI rights in political and human rights dialogues with third countries and multilateral forums; emphasises the importance of the Commission and the EEAS continuing to raise the issue of LGBTI rights in political and human rights dialogues and of using the EIDHR to support organisations defending LGBTI rights by empowering them to challenge homophobic laws and discrimination against LGBTI people, raising awareness among the general public of the discrimination and violence experienced by persons of different sexual orientations, and ensuring the provision of emergency assistance (from psychosocial and medical help to mediation and reintegration assistance) to those in need of such support;
- Welcomes the legalisation of same-sex marriage or same-sex civil unions in an increasing number of countries, seventeen at the moment, around the world; encourages the EU institutions and the Member States to further contribute to the recognition of same-sex marriage or same-sex civil union as a political, social and human and civil rights issue;
- Welcomes the annulment in October 2013 of the Moldovan law prohibiting the ‘propagation of any other relations than those related to marriage or family’, and calls on Lithuania and Russia to follow the Moldovan example; regrets the outcome of the Croatian referendum of December 2013, which endorsed a constitutional ban on equal marriage; stresses that such referendums contribute to a climate of homophobia and discrimination; considers that LGBTI persons’ fundamental rights are more likely to be safeguarded if they have access to legal institutions such as cohabitation, registered partnership or marriage;”
The draft will be discussed at the meeting of the Parliament’s Committee for Foreign Relations (AFET) next Monday. It is not very likely that the language on Sodomy will be adopted as drafted; it is, however, bad enough that such nonsense is seriously proposed by politicians who probably consider themselves “mainstream”. Apparently, apart from the great likelihood that they will be rejected, such proposals do not carry any political risks for those making them: thus, if defeated they will just be re-proposed at a next occasion.
It is for this reason that new legislation to prohibit sodomy, or propaganda for it, or to rule out the legal recognition of same-sex “marriages” is so important: it shows an increasing awareness among citizens that something must be done against the promotion of sodomy. Maybe the experience that their persistent propaganda eventually leads to the opposite of what it seeks to achieve will ultimately lead the sodomy lobby to give up.
Members of AFET have tabled no less than 486 amendments – including, of course, the proposal to delete the above quoted paragraphs. One of the proposals, submitted by the German MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel, appears particularly to the point:
“3a. Warns, however, for the unintended consequences of continuously expanding the list of human rights and including ideologically or politically controversial issues, as this could ultimately reduce general support for the very idea of universality and indivisibility of human rights”