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International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)  
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ILGA reapplied for consultative status with the United Nations in 2000, pledging to rid its membership of pedophile groups. After an often contentious debate that lasted intermittently for two years, the U.N. Committee on Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) rejected the ILGA's bid to regain consultative status in February 2002.

In the final committee decision, the countries voting to reject ILGA were Russia, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, China, Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Pakistan. Sudan was not convinced that ILGA fully opposed pedophilia, while Senegal and Pakistan stated that it was unlikely that they would support any homosexual groups at the United Nations.

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The countries voting in favor of ILGA's application were the United States, Romania, Bolivia, Chile, France, and Germany. The United States delegate argued that he saw no evidence that ILGA continued to condone pedophilia and that ILGA had been helpful in the worldwide fight against HIV and AIDS.

In May, 2002, the vote on ILGA's status went before the entire U.N. Economic and Social Council. The Council voted to uphold the committee's rejection of ILGA as a nongovernmental organization on the grounds that the group had not documented that it had purged pedophile organizations from its member groups.

Kursad Kahramanoglu, the ILGA's co-secretary-general, stated that his group had refused to divulge its member affiliates because of around the world. "One of ILGA's aims is to help these people, not to jeopardize their security. We have not been able to beat homophobia around the world," he stated.

The Council's vote prevents ILGA from reapplying to the U.N. until 2005.

Craig Kaczorowski

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    Author: Kaczorowski, Craig  
    Entry Title: International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2004  
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