It is important to note that even fellow Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, who have supported LGBTIQ-related UN resolutions, face problems back home. But unlike the Philippines, they have expressed a political commitment to ensure the enjoyment of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms by LGBTIQ persons worldwide.
Reliable sources have pointed out that the government’s abstain position is an outcome of an inter-agency agreement. But their excuse was uselessly vague. Which agencies were involved? What were the arguments? When was the agreement made? Were LGBTIQ activists and organizations consulted?
The only thing clear from this situation is sheer disappointment in an institution that continues to be silent when their duty demands otherwise. Their deliberate exclusion of the LGBTIQ community from meaningful participation on matters related to government’s external human rights policies must be called out. – Rappler.com
The author is regional coordinator of the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus