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Following the release of the UN’s six Free & Equal stamps in support of LGBT equality, a Lagos lawyer Sonnie Ekwowusi has called for the immediate resignation of Ban Ki-Moon, the UN’s Secretary General. The stamps, which feature representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans lives and identities are part of the UN’s ongoing campaign to promote freedom and equality worldwide.
In addition to the call for a resignation, Ekwowusi has also requested an apology from Ban Ki-Moon to all UN member states for the decision to release the stamps without prior approval from the UN member states.
Ekwowusi believes that release of the stamps constitutes a ‘binding international law’ to support LGBT rights, and that such laws can only be implemented by consensus of UN member states.
Ekwowusi said, ‘If nations have not come together and agreed that homosexuality and transgender should become a binding international law, why should Ban Ki-Moon and a few others go behind to impose them on the rest of mankind? The consensus reached at the various UN Conferences, is that all policies and action programmes of the organisation must conform to the purposes and Charter of the UN and must reflect the diverse social, economic and environmental conditions of each country, with full respect for their religious, cultural backgrounds and philosophical convictions.’