It’s been over forty years since Canada became a signatory to the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; this has provided governments at all levels ample opportunity to review legislation and policies in light of their responsibilities.
Homosexuality and other expressions of gender and sexual orientation remains one of the most divisive issues in international human rights. There has been progress toward achieving equality before the law in some countries, but even that progress is often marked by bitter social division and continued de facto inequality.
The decision to authorize the CIA to capture or kill a small number of high-value al-Qaeda targets was made after 9/11 by President Bush, and its justification has continued to this day.
This week, with some fanfare but little media coverage, a “universally recognized logo for human rights” has been selected out of some 15,000 submissions.
If and when Indonesia does ratify Convention 189, there should be little cause for celebration unless it is followed by (or ideally preceded by) meaningful integration into domestic legislation.
Any cause for social change requires that the majority, or in this case those in the traditional position of power, either come to understand the issue in question, or are driven out by force and violence. As a man, I prudently choose the former.