The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) takes a clear and visible position opposing the US "war on terrorism" which includes the Bush administration's efforts to invade Iraq. IGLHRC views these policies and campaigns as threats to international human rights as well civil liberties protected by the US constitution. US actions in the war on terrorism demonstrate a disregard for international law, while at the same time threaten violence against others in the world community who do not abide by those same laws. Our concern grows from our commitment to defend the full range of human rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights-as well as from our experience working with vulnerable and stigmatized populations including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, immigrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Vulnerable populations, like LGBT people, tend to become more, not less, vulnerable in times of armed conflict.
Our position is guided by our sense of solidarity with and accountability to the activists we work with all over the world, and especially those in regions which are greatly impacted by US foreign policies. The US policies of military aggression have served to render those who deviate from sexual and gender norms and people living with HIV/AIDS especially vulnerable to state-sanctioned violence and discrimination.
Published on February 4, 2003 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization