By Sanah Mehta
The Arab League met today to discuss issues related to the LGBTQ+ rights and whether death penalty is a viable punishment for the homosexuals. While to laymen death penalty may seem the extreme option, to these nations, it is definitely on the table, considering homosexuality to be a sin. The Sharia Law dictates homosexuality to be illegal, and as Iraq pointed out, “The Quran is a symbol of peace, and men who lay with men should be stoned to death!”
Apparently, homosexuality is considered an “incurable disease.” Saudi Arabia claimed that with homosexuality, the society has been taken over by the ‘devil,’ and any crimes that take over the mind should face the hardest form of punishment. Libya also believes that death penalty should be an option for those who cannot be cured and would infect other people. Syria asserts that the LGBTQ+ community has poisoned the minds of the youth and their community and should be banished.
However, the committee also saw many nations opposing death penalty and suggesting alternative solutions. For instance, Saudi Arabia came up with a multi-faceted “Three strikes and you're out” plan to reduce death penalty, which includes imprisonment or fining as the first punishment, followed by psychotherapy or electric shocks to, as absurd as it sounds, “fix” people, and finally death penalty if they still don’t abide by the rules of the nation. Comoros came up with a pseudo-humane plan to strip the homosexuals of their citizenships from these nations and deport them to a country where they would be accepted.
Nations like Lebanon were firm on their stand against death penalty, insisting that homosexuality is not a disease, and it is illogical to kill people for it. “You do not kill someone who has the flu!”
The committee saw conflicting views on the form of punishment, yet the actual point of concern, i.e., homosexuality not being a sin and LGBTQ+ community having equal rights went undiscussed.