The Pink Triangle Trust

News Release – 2 April 2010

Gay Humanists Support Opposition to Iran’s Membership of UN Human Rights Council

Kenilworth, 2 April 2010 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has supported a move by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) to keep Iran out of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

IHEU President Sonja Eggerickx said: “Iran has one of the worst human rights records on earth. Yet it has had the audacity to announce its candidacy for membership of the UN Human Rights Council. The international community must not let this happen. We are calling upon the world’s non-governmental organisations to join us in our appeal to keep Iran out.” IHEU has started a petition on its website and is seeking signatures from other organisations.

The PTT’s secretary and veteran gay activist George Broadhead said: “When the Human Rights Council was established, the UN General Assembly decided that ‘members elected to the Council shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights’. Now, just four years later, the UN is being asked to elect one of the world’s worst human rights abusers to that very Council.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the world’s most blatant violators of human rights. This alone should disqualify it from membership of the Human Rights Council, because the UN General Assembly required that ‘when electing members of the Council, member states shall take into account the contribution of candidates to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto’.

“Iran has an appalling record of persecuting LGBT people, denying freedom of conscience and freedom of speech, and violently suppressing democratic voices.

“The punishment meted out to gays by this Islamic theocracy, which include floggings and executions, are reminiscent of the Middle Ages. In 2005 Iran sparked international outrage when it publicly hanged two gay teenage boys, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni.

“It is quite intolerable that such a murderous homophobic state should be considered for membership of the UN’s Human Rights Council,” concluded Mr Broadhead.

The IHEU petition, which Mr Broadhead has signed on behalf of the PTT, can be found at

Further information from George Broadhead on 01926 858450.
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