New UN Head Says Homosexuality ‘Not Acceptable’

In an interview prior to his first address, the UN General Assembly’s new president said that homosexuality is “not really acceptable.” Ali Abdussalam Treki, a veteran diplomat from Libya, was responding to a journalist’s question about his position on the UN’s “Declaration for the Universal Decriminalisation of Homosexuality” at a press conference prior to the opening of the 64th session of the General Assembly. “It is a very thorny argument,” he said. “As a Muslim, I do not agree with it. My opinion is not in favor of this matter at all. “I believe it is not acceptable for most of the world, and it is totally unacceptable for our tradition and religion. And there are some countries that allow that, thinking it is a kind of democracy … I think it is not,” he added. The response of the international homosexualist movement was swift, with one group saying that Treki’s comment was contrary to the principles of the founding Charter of the United Nations. The International Lesbian & Gay Association (ILGA), one of the leading international homosexualist lobby groups, this week issued a statement demanding an explanation from Treki for his “failure to consider the protection of the life and safety of lesbians, gay men, trans, intersex and bisexual people all over the world.” ILGA continued: “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.” The UN declaration was opposed by a group of Arab countries and was signed only by...