June 17, 2011
UN 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.
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