D66-members Alexander Pechtold and Pia Dijkstra have submitted these questions on the international policy concerning the LGBT emancipation and their Human Rights. D66 wants to know if and how this government will continue the policy. The questions came after a successful LGBT lobby around the voting during the General Assembly of the United Nations on reintroducing ‘sexual orientation’ in a resolution on banning executions.
But another reason was that the financing of the international LGBT program of the COC ran out on the 1st of January 2011. D66 wanted to know whether this program will remain a priority.
Parliamentary questions from D66 members (Liberal Democrats) Alexander Pechtold and Pia Dijkstra for the Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal and Minister of Education, Culture and Science Marja van Bijsterveldt on the international LGBT lobby for emancipation and human rights.
1. What is your response to the report that the UN vote was a victory for gay organizations?
2. Do you agree that the reference to sexual orientation in the resolution was partly due to the activities of organizations specifically aimed at lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT)?
3. Is it correct to state that the LGBT emancipation and human rights are a priority of the Dutch human rights’ policies? If yes, will this remain so? If not, why not?
4. Is it true that the support Holland currently offers to COC Holland for lobby and policy influence activities for issues of LGBT emancipation and human rights at the United Nations, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and at foreign affairs of the European Union, runs out on the 1st of January 2011?
5. Are you planning to continue of intensify the support? When will you take a definitive decision on this?
6. If you don’t decide on your support before the first of January 2011, or if you decide to discontinue the support, how can be prevented the acquired expertise is lost, or that the lobby activities on LGBT emancipation and human rights at the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe and the European Union are halted?
7. Are you willing to come to a bridging financial arrangement to prevent this? Are you willing to start talks with LGBT organizations on the floor, amongst which the COC, to try and find a solution for this matter?