UN Assembly President Ali Abdussalam Treki

The UN Assembly’s new President, Ali Abdussalam Treki, has said that he is not in favour of decriminalising homosexuality.

In an interview prior to his first address to the Assembly in his new role, Treki, who is from Libya, said that he did not support the statement in favour of the decriminalisation of homosexuality signed by 66 Countries last December at the General Assembly in New York.

“As a Muslim, I am not in favour of it… it is not accepted by the majority of countries. My opinion is not in favour of this matter at all. I think it’s not really acceptable by our religion, our tradition,” he said.

He went on to add: “It is not acceptable in the majority of the world. And there are some countries that allow that, thinking it is a kind of democracy… I think it is not.”

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) said that it is “deeply worried and outraged” by Treki’s “failure to consider the protection of the life and safety of lesbians, gay men, trans, intersex and bisexual people all over the world a matter of human rights.

“…one cannot but conclude that the new President of the UN Assembly is in favour of criminalising lesbians and gay men, bisexual, trans and intersex people,” noted the organisation.

“The worrying and serious implications of this attitude, coming from the new head of an institution which is supposed to regard human rights – all human rights – as the most sacred value, cannot be overstated.”

ILGA appealed to the representatives of the nations that signed the statement against the criminalisation of homosexuality, but also voted for the election of Treki in his new position, to demand an explanation for his statements.

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