Shame on Barbados: abstains from UN Vote allowing execution for being Gay or Lesbian

Barbados says “no problem worth talking about” as Iran hangs two Gay teenagers.

Barbados has a shameful voting record at the United Nations when it comes to human rights – and that record just got a little worse with our refusal to vote against a bill that says executing people for being gays and lesbians is permissible.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve sided with evil. We actually make a habit of it at the UN in human rights matters. We don’t want to offend any country that might toss a few coins our way.

I have always found it shameful that Barbados – a nation founded with the assistance of chains, whips, rape and cultural genocide – now so easily supports nations involved in slavery and human rights violations. Whether it is our support for Iran’s hanging of children and amputations as punishment, or our “look the other way” while China maintains the world’s largest slave camp system within her borders and uses slave labour in Africa, Barbados long ago lost the moral high ground at the United Nations.

YES – Barbados actually voted at the UN to protect Iran’s use of torture, floggings, amputations as punishment, discrimination and violence against women and executions of children like Ateqeh Rajabi. Rajabi was hanged at 16 years old for the offence of having sex outside of marriage. Barbados supported and still supports Iran’s “right” to execute children.

Now we’ve decided that it’s no problem to us if a country wants to execute gays and lesbians because of their sexual orientation…

United Nations: It’s Okay to Kill the Gay

NEW YORK, NY — Last week, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly voted on a special resolution addressing extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions. The resolution affirms the duties of member countries to protect the right to life of all people with a special emphasis on a call to investigate killings based on discriminatory grounds. The resolution highlights particular groups historically subject to executions including street children, human rights defenders, members of ethnic, religious, and linguistic minority communities, and, for the past 10 years, the resolution has included sexual orientation as a basis on which some individuals are targeted for death.

The tiny West African nation of Benin (on behalf of the UN’s African Group) proposed an amendment to strike sexual minorities from the resolution. The amendment was adopted with 79 votes in favor, 70 against, 17 abstentions and 26 absent.

A collection of notorious human rights violators voted for the amendment including Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, North Korea, Iran (didn’t Ahmadinejad tell the world there were no gays in Iran?), Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

continue reading this article at The Huffington Post

Our thanks to one of our regular readers who alerted us to this story!


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26 responses to “Shame on Barbados: abstains from UN Vote allowing execution for being Gay or Lesbian

  1. Say it isn't so

    I wonder what dynamics would allow a so called civilized society to condone such barbaric behavior?

    I think I am going to be very very sick.!

    All immigration and travel from such countries should be immediately stopped.

    To think that Persia was a respected democracy under Mossaddeqh before Britain and the US ( CIA ) imposed the Shah on Iran and the world, all for cheap oil and military weapons

    Somewhere here is dirty money

    You reap what you sow

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  3. civilsociety

    There really needs to be more public discussion on this. Barbados needs to stop ignoring human rights. They should really listen to what Irene Khan said last week at the Central Bank.

  4. eddie

    i think Barbados abstained from the vote. That is not being for nor against. Approval by silence.

  5. what will they think of next

    That is not our problem.

  6. Sadiki

    I am very disappointed in the leadership of Barbados. If We refuse to take a stand for human rights internationally then doesnt that eliminate us from ever taking a stand for human rights nationally. What will Barbadians do when someone believes they have the approval of the government and brutalizes, maims, or murders a gay or lesbian person just for being who they are? Isn’t the government sanctioning this behavior? Shame on you Barbados. What if all gay& lesbian tourists and their friends and families decide to boycott everything Barbados? Would this stupid and unprincipled stance be worth it then?

  7. Green Monkey

    Just as a matter of interest, some of our very own non-Muslim (i.e. Christian) Caribbean neighbors, didn’t just abstain like Barbados, but voted for the amendment including Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St.Vincent and Guyana. Also many supposed “Christian” African nations are all in favour of putting homosexuals to death, thanks in no small part to the work of fundamentalist, CHRISTIAN missionaries.

    From the Huffington Post article:

    Not a single African nation voted against the amendment. This is not surprising. Homosexuality is illegal in most of Africa. So acceptable is the notion of extra-judicial killings of gay men and women for their consensual private conduct that one of these countries, Uganda, is considering legislation making homosexuality (not the behavior, just being gay) punishable with death. The proposer of the bill, David Bahati, and the Ugandan “Minister for Ethics and Integrity,” Nsaba Buturo, have vowed the bill will pass before parliament dissolves on May 12, 2011.

    Uganda is not a Muslim nation. It is a Christian country. And it was American evangelical preachers in Uganda who fanned the flames of what could turn into mass executions in a continent that has seen genocidal murder occur numerous times in the last two decades on the basis of religious belief, ethnicity, and membership in a linguistic minority (Burundi, Darfur, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Zimbabwe…).

    That’s why I say, a pox on all the fundamentalist, religious wackos regardless of the religion they espouse. If the Christian domionist movements ever gets a chance to subvert the US constitution and establish a theocratic form of government in the USA, you could expect the same type of medieval laws and thinking to predominate.

    LAKELAND, Fla. — Todd Bentley has a long night ahead of him, resurrecting the dead, healing the blind, and exploding cancerous tumors. Since April 3, the 32-year-old, heavily tattooed, body-pierced, shaved-head Canadian preacher has been leading a continuous “supernatural healing revival” in central Florida. To contain the 10,000-plus crowds flocking from around the globe, Bentley has rented baseball stadiums, arenas and airport hangars at a cost of up to $15,000 a day. Many in attendance are church pastors themselves who believe Bentley to be a prophet and don’t bat an eye when he tells them he’s seen King David and spoken with the Apostle Paul in heaven. “He was looking very Jewish,” Bentley notes.

    Tattooed across his sternum are military dog tags that read “Joel’s Army.” They’re evidence of Bentley’s generalship in a rapidly growing apocalyptic movement that’s gone largely unnoticed by watchdogs of the theocratic right. According to Bentley and a handful of other “hyper-charismatic” preachers advancing the same agenda, Joel’s Army is prophesied to become an Armageddon-ready military force of young people with a divine mandate to physically impose Christian “dominion” on non-believers.

    “An end-time army has one common purpose — to aggressively take ground for the kingdom of God under the authority of Jesus Christ, the Dread Champion,” Bentley declares on the website for his ministry school in British Columbia, Canada. “The trumpet is sounding, calling on-fire, revolutionary believers to enlist in Joel’s Army. … Many are now ready to be mobilized to establish and advance God’s kingdom on earth.


    Joel’s Army believers are hard-core Christian dominionists, meaning they believe that America, along with the rest of the world, should be governed by conservative Christians and a conservative Christian interpretation of biblical law. There is no room in their doctrine for democracy or pluralism.

    Dominionism’s original branch is Christian Reconstructionism, a grim, Calvinist call to theocracy that, as Reconstructionist writer Gary North describes, wants to “get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.”

    Notorious for endorsing the public execution by stoning of homosexuals and adulterers, the Christian Reconstructionist movement is far better known in secular America than Joel’s Army. That’s largely because Reconstructionists have made several serious forays into mainstream politics and received a fair amount of negative publicity as a result. Joel’s Army followers eschew the political system, believing the path to world domination lies in taking over churches, not election to public office.

  8. what will they think of next

    Just get it straight, whatever gays or lesbian get they will have to take.

  9. bajan kidd

    I do not discriminate against anyone. What does this issue have to do with us. We don’t hang our gay people. And to you Sadiki, that would never happen. We in Barbados have freedom of expression. Excuse my bajan parlance, but nobody doan trouble de bullers bout hay, except de bullers dem selves, stabbing up each other and such.

  10. Say it isn't so

    This is about human rights across the board.

    Now we know where two bloggers stand. Its almost the same position as calling a black or colored man the N word.

    Shame on you bigots!

  11. theNickster

    My concern is, where does it end? sure it’s gays today, what if it’s darkies tomorrow? the books that condemn homosexuality don’t condemn slavery, they don’t condemn a lot of things, civilized nations have made illegal. Remember the zealot muslim mantra is “convert or death”, so christian groups might be next in the noose.

  12. Ivan Taylor

    Its Sad to see that in this day and age that people can think this way, we want to feel in Barbados that we are FREE, are we? We want the money from Canada and the UK and USA and Europe we want their Tourist Dollar, this countries VOTE for Human Rights BIG TIME. We try hard to show how we are so civilized are we? Being Gay is not a choice and no-one chooses a life of ostracism to say the lease, when we can deal with that we can come out of the Third World Mentality until then lets Join our African Brothers and Abstain and see if that Helps

  13. aLieene

    None of them are diffrent from Hitler….i feel disgusted by it.

  14. CanuckBajan

    “They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up
    because I wasn’t a Communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up
    because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up
    because I wasn’t a Jew.
    Then they came for me
    and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

    ~Pastor Martin Niemöller, circa 1946

  15. Neal

    Barbados can do what it wants ,we dont have to agree with those hypocrites called the UN.The USA is about to sign a $60Billion arm deal with the Saudis who still chop off people heads and refuse to let women drive cars.

  16. mary_clyne

    We Barbadians believe in the bible when it applies to any one but us . that is my way of saying that we a bunch of narrow minded, hypocritical , bigoted and self delusional people who go to Church ,to ask our GOD one day to forgive our sins and go out the next day and do the same thing all over again,feeling puff up with pride that we are are better than that sinner down the road.
    The only rights we care about is our own and the Jews, GODS precious chosen people who is killing out the Palestinians whose land they stole because God told them too!
    Gay to Barbadians are to be killed , after they have help fixed our hair , made our clothes, cook our food teach our children and Entertain us .The ones that areMarried TO WOMEN or are PASTORS or PRIESTS can lived while we pretend that one day they will be cured from the homosexual demon who has taken over their bodies

  17. Subway

    What’s the big deal ? Odds are, these guys knew the penalty for the crime they committed…They knew, more than likely, they would be put to death for being batty boys…who are we to tell them bend the law so they can continue doing as they feel ? I’m not gonna drive up a one way street and complain when my car is written off…are you ? Nope..let em hang, the rest will learn to move before hand…

  18. here me now

    if i do something illegal i would hide and do it and if caught suffer the consequences. tommorow im gonna commit a crime in my country and when apprehended i’ll try to petition to make it legal to a part of the world that the crime i did is legal.

  19. this world is truly messed up but it will get worse just wait oh n watch zeigeist addum

  20. the demons are working overtime

  21. lexicon

    Even though I believe that it is the right thing for Barbados to take a stand when it comes to human right. I’m also cognizant of the fact that little Barbados carry little influence in the context of the world socities.

  22. A Libertarian

    The United Nations itself has a sickening record on human rights and is nothing more than a conduit to facilitate a totalitarian one world government. The UN and all its associated arms is a disgusting deception run by the powerful elite in their quest for world domination.

    Before getting all upset and believing that the UN is there to guard against worldwide injustice and criminality, and to protect people of the world from oppression, violence and attacks on their freedom, learn a little more about the organization, where it came from and why, and those behind it. Then look at its involvement in countless occupations, invasions, military aggression and cover ups. Its record on genocide in places such as China, Cambodia, the Belgian Congo, East Timor, Rwanda and many others.

    Look at the leaders it has embraced over the years, men responsible for the deaths of millions who have been warmly welcomed into the fold – Mao Tse Tung and Pol Pot among them. Its inaction and complicity in some of recent history’s most shocking, disgusting and murderous regimes is well documented. It’s first head, Julian Huxley, a renowned eugenicist, made quite clear the stated aims of the UN and if anybody reading this thinks that they care one jot for human life, all I can say is that you need to wake up.

    Whilst this story might well be shocking in its own right, the blood on the hands of the UN is a far greater and more revolting catalogue of lies, deception, misdirection and abuse and articles such as this serve only to distract people from the reality and their belief in the myth of the UN and what it stands for.

    As for the comments regarding some of the member nations’ wonderful record on human rights – the US and UK, they could only have been made by someone with their head buried so deeply in the sand it’s laughable. The Anglo-American empire is responsible for the deaths and suffering of millions of innocent people around the world through what amounts to nothing but state sponsored terrorism, all of course heartily endorsed by the puppets in the UN who have all the morals of an alley cat (although that’s probably unfair to the felines).

    It is a criminal organization, nothing more, nothing less and its public face is a ridiculous mask that even a cursory examination can see past. Votes at the UN….come on, they mean nothing and are as worthless as the paper they are written on. The UN is about power, greed and control. Please go and do your own research before holding them up as some kind of benevolent global protector of the oppressed.

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