UN: Saudi Arabia insists UN keeps LGBT rights out of its development goals

Saudi Arabia is insisting the UN removes gay rights from the organisation’s Global Goals/Sustainable Development Goals, saying it is “counter to Islamic law”. The protest comes from the Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, who told the UN General Assembly that “mentioning sex in the text, to us, means exactly male and female. Mentioning family means consisting of a married man and woman,” AP reported.

He stated Saudi Arabia has the right not to follow any agenda that runs “counter to Islamic law”. Though the SDGs set a series of “ambitious targets” for UN member states, related to poverty, equality and ending climate change, overt references to LGBT equality were removed from the final agreement.  Read More via Independent