As Reuters published in its website, the U.N. Security Council decides to hold a meeting on the Islamic state attacks against homosexuals. The next 24th of August, two gays, an Iraqi and a Syrian, will brief the United Nations.
It is the first time that the Security Council will consider gay issues as a problem of human security. At the same time, these last years the concept of human security has been extended to other fields than military agressions. Different types of threats such as international terrorism, epidemic and pandemic problems, violence against minorities, financial crisis or even climatic change are also included nowadays.
For the Human Security Commission, the concept of human security is defined as to “protect the vital core of all human lives in ways that enhance human freedoms and human fulfillment.” It is thus leaving the previous state-centric conception of security to a transnational one, going beyond inter-state conflicts to all kind of violences that undermine humanity.
In practical terms, this decision means that the Unites Nations goes a step further into the recognition of gay and lesbian people and their rights. It also reinforces the UN position against the Islamic state, pointing out that this extremist organisation is a real threat to world peace.