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UN Human Rights Body Passes Historic Resolution in Support of LGBT Rights, Anti-Discrimination

For the first time, the United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a resolution condemning acts of discrimination and acts of violence against LGBT people around the world and calling for a panel to review such acts.

Uhrc The AP reports:

"The 47-member Human Rights Council voted 23 in favor and 19 against Friday, with 3 abstentions, for the resolution put forward by South Africa. The resolution was backed by the United States, the European Union, Brazil and other Latin American countries."

The resolution establishes a panel "to document discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, in all regions of the world, and how international human rights law can be used to end violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity."

Several "African and Islamic countries, led by Nigeria and Pakistan" would not go along with the resolution, denying it had anything to do with human rights.

Read the full text of the resolution below:

 

United Nations 17-6-2011 SOGI Resolution

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  1. here's a list of the voting results:

    "Yes" Vote for Human Rights Council resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Hungary, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Thailand, UK, USA, Uruguay
    "No" Vote for Human Rights Council resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity: : Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Moldova, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Uganda.

    Posted by: Myackie | Jun 17, 2011 10:47:32 AM


  2. That Yes vote by Ukraine is the most interesting to me. It says to me that they want to go their own way culturally and politically from Russia, and thanks be to God for that.

    Posted by: Clint | Jun 17, 2011 12:16:20 PM


  3. The Hungarian vote is most interesting to me. The 2011 constitution specifically bans same-sex marriage although allows for domestic partner registration. Amnesty International has gone so far as to suggest that the Hungarian constitution, as written, violates the EU charter.

    Posted by: DR | Jun 17, 2011 12:53:26 PM


  4. Would you mind sharing the link the above voting results were taken from?
    Thanks a bunch!

    Posted by: SHABAKA | Jun 17, 2011 12:54:55 PM


  5. i would be willing to bet the u.s. pours billions of dollars of economic aid into each of the countries who voted no. billions which could be put to better use creating jobs , feeding and educating people in our country. time to keep our money to help our own we don't seem to be winning the hearts and minds anywhere else.

    Posted by: walter | Jun 17, 2011 1:04:46 PM


  6. The voting tally as reported by ILGA Europe ( http://www.ilga-europe.org/home/news/latest_news/un_resolution ) appears below:

    Yes": Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Hungary, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Thailand, UK, USA, Uruguay.

    "No" : Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Moldova, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Uganda.

    Abstentions: Burkina Faso, China, Zambia

    Absent: Kyrgyzstan, Libya (suspended)

    Posted by: DR | Jun 17, 2011 1:15:50 PM


  7. Are they going to go after all the American states, towns, counties etc. that have passed discriminatory anti-gay laws in recent months?

    Posted by: Ray Randell | Jun 17, 2011 3:06:38 PM


  8. @ SHABAKA

    I got it off this website...believe me, I searched a lot on google for this list.

    http://wglb-tv.blogspot.com/

    Posted by: Myackie | Jun 17, 2011 3:14:14 PM


  9. This is very good news for all those who believe in equality and sympathy.

    Posted by: Human Anatomy | Jun 17, 2011 4:55:41 PM


  10. You can get the vote results (plus read the comments by various countries) directly from the council's own web page (scroll down) at:

    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11167&LangID=E

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 17, 2011 7:33:30 PM


  11. @Walter: like most Americans, you grossly overstate the amount of foreign aid provided by the U.S. government.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 18, 2011 12:06:02 AM


  12. It's a shame we're still voting on matters such as this.

    Posted by: Human Anatomy | Mar 14, 2012 2:59:48 PM


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