Historic vote set for today in the UN Human Rights Council – Updated

by on June 17, 2011  •  In Uncategorized

The UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva is likely to vote today on a formal resolution expressing "grave concerns at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world," against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. The resolution also commissions a global inquiry, to be completed by year's end, to investigate discriminatory practices and acts of violence and to make recommendations for reform.  The Human Rights Council would consider the report in 2012.

UPDATE – The resolution passed by a vote of 23 to 19, with 3 abstentions.

According to the Council on Global Equality, "If it is adopted, this will be the first official UN resolution to focus exclusively on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, and it is the first time that gender identity has ever been included in such a formal UN text."

According to the AP, "American officials believe they've secured a slim majority of the council's 47 members in clear support of the gay rights resolution."


One Response to Historic vote set for today in the UN Human Rights Council – Updated

  1. Vinny Margott June 17, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Wow, fantastic news!! Very happy that our world leaders want equality…hoping that more states in the US will follow this lead. As a citizen of NH, we all ready know that gay marriage and gay rights are NO BIG DEAL.

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