(BlogMensGo 20th June 2011) The Council of Human Rights of the United Nations (UN) on June 17, 2011, by 23 votes to 19 against and 3 abstentions, a resolution (text in PDF) stating the equality of people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. This text was presented in a plenary session by South Africa, with the support of Brazil and 39 other countries. The resolution passed has no legal binding.
The group of Islamic states and that of Africa, represented respectively by Pakistan and Nigeria, were strongly opposed to the text during the preliminary discussion. In contrast, countries like the United States and Argentina have officially welcomed the vote of the resolution (which has been passed in countries like Belgium, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Spain, and also sponsored, among others, Luxembourg and Italy), as has Amnesty International and LGBT organizations.
The resolution requests the High Commissioner for Human Rights to complete the study by December 2011 on discriminatory laws and violence against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and he organized a debate for the resulting report. According to Amnesty International, homosexuality is currently illegal in 76 countries.
This is the first time a UN body adopts such a resolution in plenary session.
In contrast on the 16th of June 2011, the NGO Committee refused to recommend to the Economic and Social Council consultative status with the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), a status it has, however, advocated for the benefit of 146 NGOs.
Philca & Matt / MensGo