Friday, June 17, 2011
The declaration 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 also cites a previous resolution of the UN General Assembly to the effect that “the Human Rights Council shall be responsible for promoting universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in fair and equal manner.”
The declaration then goes on to ask the High Commissioner for Human Rights “to commission a study to be finalized by December 2011, 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.”
The AP reports, “Obama administration officials believe they have a majority of support in the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva for the resolution, which would be the first such statement to pass a U.N. vote.” The decisive vote is to be held tomorrow, according to the same news agency.
UPDATE: THE RESOLUTION HAS PASSED! HURRAH!!!!
Posted by Miloslaveck at 2:53 AM