Friday, 17 June 2011

UN passes historic LGBT human rights resolution

See Wednesday's post for more detail on the historic resolution (including its content) on LGBT human rights which was moved this morning at the United Nations in Geneva by South Africa.

It passed the Human Rights Council 23 in favor, 19 against and 3 abstentions.
Yes Votes: 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 Votes: Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Moldova, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Uganda, Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania.

Abstentions: Burkina Faso, China, Zambia.

Absent: Kyrgyzstan, Libya (suspended).

Co-Sponsors of the resolution: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, and Uruguay.
ILGA said:
"What started in March as a less fortunate text, which any of the 76 countries persecuting people on ground of sexual orientation or gender identity could have signed, has turned into an extraordinary resolution which acknowledges the existence of violence against LGBTI people and opens a very promising path for future actions”
ILGA’s co-secretary General Renato Sabbadini noted the:
“extraordinary work of LGBTI human rights activists and NGO’s who have been engaging in constant dialogue with the resolution’s promoters and stakeholders the last two weeks in Geneva and around the world”
Dawn Cavanagh, Coalition of African Lesbians, said:
“The South African government has now offered progressive leadership, after years of troubling and inconsistent positions on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity. Simultaneously, the government has set a standard for themselves in international spaces. We look forward to contributing to and supporting sustained progressive leadership by this government and seeing the end of the violations we face daily.”
Justus Eisfeld, GATE – Global Action for Trans* Equality, said:
“That we are celebrating the passage of a UN resolution about human rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation is remarkable, however the fact that gender identity is explicitly named truly makes this pivotal moment one to rejoice in.”
“The Human Rights Council has taken a step forward in history by acknowledging that both sexual and gender non-conformity make lesbian, gay, trans* and bi people among those most vulnerable and indicated decisively that states have an obligation to protect us from violence.”

HT on vote: IGLHRC

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