US Human Rights equal gay rights?
Under Secretary Otero’s portfolio also includes human rights. Otero also met with human’s rights groups in Belize one of which is UNIBAM, the gay rights group fronted by Caleb Orozco. Otero, while seated next to U.S. Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally, explained to a media gathering at the House of Culture, that the U.S. isn’t trying to coerce nations into accepting its own progressive views.
Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State
“Through our partnership US providing support to Belize stronger public institutions to combat corruption and impunity and to strengthen respect for human rights especially for those most vulnerable groups in society: women and members of the lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community. Now although each country has its own unique culture, the United States continues to believe that human rights must be respected for all individuals regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Vinai Thummalapally, U.S. Ambassador
“In terms of linking this conversation of Human Rights for Everybody including LGBT, you are asking a question is there a connection, a direct connection; the answer is no. The Under Secretary was very clear in saying it’s not a litmus test on countries. If we use that litmus test; we basically have to withdraw aid from ninety-nine percent of the countries we are working with. So I would say I would be very comfortable in saying that the connection is not so direct.”
“If one looks at the principal freedoms that we have all signed on—your country and my country—that emerged from that very important declaration of the human rights; and note that those human rights extends to all the principal freedoms that individuals need to have. That for us is the point of departure in addressing these concerns. It is certainly one of the issues that continues to prevail in all societies because this does not imply that for us in the United States all individuals are given full freedom of their rights. We still have a lot of work to do in order to accomplish that.”Email This Story