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June 17, 2011

IconUN resolution condemns LGBT discrimination

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) has passed a historic resolution condemning discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The resolution, which was tabled by South Africa, expresses “grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity”. It calls for a study to document discriminatory laws and a panel to address the findings of this study.

This is the first time that the 47-member UNHRC has passed a resolution that tackles LGBT issues. The body voted 23 to 19 in favour, with three abstentions.

“This represents a historic moment to highlight the human rights abuses and violations that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people face around the world based solely on who they are and whom they love,” said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

A number of representatives criticised the resolution. The Pakistan envoy said that the 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference was “disturbed [by] the attempt to focus on certain persons on the grounds of their sexual interest and behaviour”. The Nigerian envoy argued that South Africa was “breaking the tradition of African group”.

The move comes after over 80 countries signed a non-binding document calling upon the UNHRC to address homophobic and transphobic violence.

1 Response to UN resolution condemns LGBT discrimination

  1. Marc Freden says:

    It is not so much a red banner day as a rainbow flag moment. Gays the world over should not be discriminated against, so says the United Nations in an historic moment, adopting a resolution supporting equal rights for gays. Did you hear that “Faggot” slurring sports stars and, yes, I am talking to you Tracey Morgan for whom this must be a bit of a ‘stab in the heart’. But it is not just the law of the land; it is the understanding of the world. So if the United Nations can understand and facilitate such understanding…what is still wrong with this united nation known as the United States? Just how can we stand by the UN resolution without fully understanding the hypocrisy that still permeates this United…or not so united…States. We still have discrimination in the armed forces. (Sure, sure, committee after committee has to still weigh in on the ridding of DADT. Until then where are we?) Gay Weddings? Good for some in some states…intolerable to others in most states. This is simple discrimination. Let us learn from the resolution and have some truth in advertising for once. If we want to call ourselves the United States…can’t we just be United? Really!?!

Ruth Pearce

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