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WHEREAS the first and sixth Unitarian Universalist [UU] Principles affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, and the United Nations Charter reflects these values in its commitment to promote peace, prosperity, and dignity for all people; and
WHEREAS the Yogyakarta Principles apply international human rights law to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and reflect UU values; and
WHEREAS the responsibility to protect has not been implemented in areas such as Iraq, where over 400 known LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people have already been murdered since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began, and on a daily basis people face human rights violations based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity which are perpetrated with impunity; and
WHEREAS the United States is now a member of the UN Human Rights Council, which is holding its Universal Periodic Review of the human rights record of Iraq in February 2010, and Secretary of State Clinton has committed to advancing a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination against people based on SOGI; and
WHEREAS under the Obama administration, the United States supports the UN General Assembly Joint Statement on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Human Rights; and
WHEREAS UUs are previously committed to ending the war and occupation in Iraq in the interest of peace and human rights,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the delegates of the 2009 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association commit to raising awareness in their communities and pressuring the United States government to take a collaborative leadership role with the United Nations in protecting human rights for people in Iraq who are targeted because of their real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the delegates urge:
This AIW [Action of Immediate Witness] should not be construed to authorize support for any military action by the United States or any additional delay of U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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