As a concerned observer, I would like to raise my concern on discrimination against the minority LGBT group in Vanuatu.
Don’t get me wrong, this is my own observation’.
We claimed that we are a Christian country. However, our actions contradict what we believe and profess as Christians. The word of God says that we “love one another’’, it did not say that we have to discriminate people base on their belief or wrongdoing.
It is sad to say, that in today’s society we tend to look at this minority group and consider them as bad people.
We must love them for who they are “and not for the actions they perform” or decision they take regarding their identity.
As Christians, we have to take the liberty to minister the word of God, direct them to the correct path and show them the Christian love, and they have the freedom to accept or not.
Furthermore, from a human rights perspective, under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 2, 3 and7, right to life, equality and non- discrimination, all are equal to protection of the law regardless of their sexual orientation or on the basis of their gender identity.
Human rights are basic individual rights, which cannot be reduced.
They are valid for inhabitants without discrimination on the basis of race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or national or ethnic origin. Therefore, as an individual we must treat people with respect and not discriminate anyone from their human rights or Constitutional rights based on their gender identity.