Resolution Calling For Immediate Emergency Asylum For Lgbts In Africa

 

Resolution 14-07.25

 

WHEREAS, homosexuality is a crime in 38 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the death penalty is proposed as an option for punishment in Uganda and several other nations, resulting in a sharp increase of arrests, beatings, torture, and death among LGBT persons and their supporters, as well as jeopardizing HIV/AIDS treatment and care for millions; and

WHEREAS, we as citizens of the world reject the adoption of these new laws, which constitute grave threats to the universal rights to life, freedom of expression, of association and assembly, and freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and reiterate that sexual orientation and gender identity are human rights guaranteed by international law; and

WHEREAS, the current LGBT asylum procedures are largely financially and politically prohibitive and out of reach for all but a select few Sub-Saharan African citizens;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party strongly supports administrative action that would make it easier for the Federal Government to expand and grant expedited asylum to refugees who are fleeing persecution from Sub-Saharan Africa because of their sexual orientation or identity, or because they oppose anti-LGBT legislation, and further encourages other countries to bear their fair share of these refugees; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party calls on the U.S. Government, including the President of the United States and Secretary of State to take action to end the persecution, abuse, and murder of LGBTs around the world, including but not limited to making strong public and international statements condemning such persecution and exerting all necessary pressure on governments to take action.

 

Sponsored by Region 17

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2014 Executive Board Meeting
Marriot Hotel, Oakland
July 13, 2014

 

 

 

 

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