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Focus on anti-LGBTI stance of Kuwait, Kiribati

During the past year, Kuwait and tiny Kiribati were urged to improve their treatment of LGBTI citizens.

That advice came when each of those countries’ human rights records came in for review by other United Nations members. Such reviews focus on dozens of countries each year as part of the U.N.’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, which scrutinizes each country’s human rights record every four years.

Excerpts below were compiled from the 21st UPR session by the U.N. Human Rights Council:

Kuwait

Kuwait location on Persian Gulf
Kuwait’s location on the Persian Gulf

Five nations urged Kuwait to revise its policies toward LGBTI people.

Only Iceland and Uruguay bothered asking Kuwait to repeal its anti-homosexuality law.  Iceland said that Kuwait should stop arresting individuals based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or appearance and repeal legislative measures that criminalize consensual homosexual conduct. Uruguay advised adopting “the necessary measures to eliminate in the legislation and in practice the crimes motivated by the sexual orientation of persons.”

Three other nations proposed anti-discrimination laws:

  • Adopt a general law that sanctions discrimination for any reason, in particular against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons (Chile).
  • Prepare and adopt legal and administrative measures with a view to investigating and prosecuting acts of discrimination, stigmatization and violence against LGBTI persons (Argentina).
  • Guarantee personal autonomy and individual rights, as enshrined in the Constitution, by a prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as by allowing a medical gender change to be reflected in a person’s identity documents (Netherlands).

Kuwait did not respond to those recommendations.

Kiribati

Located in the central Pacific Ocean, Kiribati consists of dozens of small islands. Their total area is about 300 square miles, with a total population of about 100,000 people. (Map courtesy of Wikipedia)
Located in the central Pacific Ocean, Kiribati consists of dozens of small islands. Their total area is about 300 square miles, with a total population of about 100,000 people. (Map courtesy of Wikipedia)

France, Slovenia and Chile urged the tiny island nation of Kiribati  to decriminalize homosexuality. The Kiribati delegation made no response to those recommendations.

The delegation did say that Kiribati is considering Uruguay’s advice to adopt legislation prohibiting all forms of discrimination of individuals, based on race, skin color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, aesthetic aspect, gender, sexual identity or orientation.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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