The BrainwizMUN 2013 Human Rights Council has passed a resolution. After many frustrating moments on the side of the Western states not getting through with their arguments for a more liberal approach to LGBT rights and prolonged debate about the two proposals over amendments, the council has reached a decision – a decision with wide-ranging consequences: the committee has reached consensus on the abolishment of the death penalty for having a non-hetero sexual orientation: Article 1 of the passed resolution “Calls upon all Member States to abolish the death penalty for the act of sexual intercourse intercourse and all other sexual activities by two consenting adults of the same biological sex.” The delegation of Switzerland commented to the press after the vote: “The debate was very revealing and unusual in the sense that the countries in favor of LGBT rights were represented in minority, therefore the outcome of the conference did not match with what Switzerland had in mind to achieve. Nevertheless, we did reach consensus on the question of the abolishment of death penalty for being homosexual. This represents a major progress in African and Middle Eastern Countries.” And certainly, the opposing states went a long way from comparing the granting of LGBT rights to legalizing Pedophilia, in their view another unnatural affliction and sexual orientation of the same category, to abolishing the death penalty for what they consider a crime. As the delegation of the United States of America has stated earlier: “If we can change the law, we can change the minds” and therefore it comes as a surprise that the United States voted against the resolution. The delegation of the United Arab Emirates summarized the important principle when working in such a contested environment: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” and therefore every single small step in the right direction can be considered a success.

“We’ve battled back from adversity by recognizing the common stake we have in each other’s success.” – Barack Obama, campaign trail 2008 and favorite quote of our Honorable Chair Jonas

Read the text of the passed resolution of the BrainwizMUN 2013 Human Rights Council in Berne below:

I/1 Abolition of the death penalty for sexual activities with people belonging to the same biological sex

The Human Rights Council,
Recalling the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights, adopted by the General Assembly in 1948,
Reaffirming that all Member States have the primary responsibility to secure basic human rights and protect their civil population from discrimination and violent attacks,
Recognising previous attempts on international initiatives on people engaging in sexual activities with people belonging to the same biological sex,
Taking into consideration the human rights of people engaging in sexual activities with people belonging to the same biological sex, keeping national and regional particularities and various historical, cultural and religious norms in mind,
Welcoming constructive dialogue with the international community on developing human rights policies for people engaging in sexual activities with people belonging to the same biological sex,
Underlining the equal importance of cultural values of all Member States,

1. Calls upon all Member States to abolish the death penalty for the act of sexual intercourse intercourse and all other sexual activities by two consenting adults of the same biological sex,
2. Recommends that all Member States continuously work together in endeavours to address the human rights of people engaging in sexual activities with people belonging to the same biological sex,
3. Encourages the international community to support, upon request, the capacity-building efforts of Member States for the human rights of people engaging in sexual activities with people belonging to the same biological sex,
4. Invites the General Assembly to convene a meeting on the human rights of people engaging in sexual activities with people belonging to the same biological sex,
5. Further invites all Member States to engage with the international academic community for further studies on people engaging in sexual activities with people belonging to the same biological sex,
6. Decides to remain seized on the matter.

In favour: Argentina, Chile, Germany, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Montenegro, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates.
Abstentions: Spain.
Against: Ireland, United States of America.

The Human Rights Conference under the auspices of the Brainwiz Model United Nations 2013 Conference in Dhaka and New Delhi concluded with a speech by Mr. Daniel Weber, a lawyer representing Network, an organization fighting for the rights of LGBT. In his view, there is still a lot to be achieved globally, and mainly, the pictures in the heads of every citizen must be replaced to foster tolerance and end discrimination: “The struggle must go on.”