The Love Not Hate campaign is shocked by reports that South Africa has supported a move by the Africa Group at the United Nations to block the recently appointed Independent Expert on Protection against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
South Africa originally controversially abstained in the June landmark vote at the UN Human Rights Council to create the position through Resolution 32/2. It’s now being reported that the country is backing a move to suspend the resolution and the Independent Expert through a new vote in the UN General Assembly this week.
“We are disappointed by our government’s stance on this matter; South Africa is supposed to be in the forefront when it comes to LGBTI rights and other human rights in Africa,” says Lerato Phalakatshela, Hate Crime Manager at OUT LGBT-Well-being and spokesperson for the Love Not Hate Campaign.
“What hurts the most is that DIRCO (Department of International Relations and Cooperation) meets with civil society organisations for discussions on these issues and then ends up betraying the movement and progress at international fora. This is not what we were expecting from them,” he adds.
Love Not Hate joins other civil society groups in calling on the South African government to vote against suspending Resolution 32/2 and to support the important work of the Independent Expert on Protection against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.