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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:47

The Philippines Approved UN Human Rights Council Resolution Against Discrimination And Violence Based On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity

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A few weeks ago, a survey showed that the Philippines were the most welcoming Asian countries to the LGBT community despite the lack of decision on LGBT rights by the Filipino government.

I gave you the example of its particular opposition to a UN resolution against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It was indeed true until Friday when for the first time, the government of the Philippines voted "Yes" to the resolution.

Indeed, the Philippines was one of the 25 countries that have approved a UN Human Rights Council resolution against discrimination and violence against LGBT people.

“[The Council] expresses grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity,” read the resolution.

For the first time, the Philippines were not part of the opposition or even abstentionists.

[The Philippines] stood against discrimination against specific individuals and sectors, including discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity,” stated the summary.

“The Philippines understood that the proposed resolution aimed only to discuss the discrimination and violence against these individuals and that it would not create new rights for specific individuals with specific sexual or gender orientation. The Philippines would support the resolution.”

The countries that have endorsed this resolution are: the Philippines, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Peru, Republic of Korea, Romania, South Africa, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Those against it: Algeria, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.

Finally, those who abstained: Burkina Faso, China, Congo, India, Kazakhstan, Namibia, and Sierra Leone.

As reported RapplerRappler, the adoption of the resolution comes a day after the UN held a high-level dialogue on combating violence targeting LGBT. The event was held at the UN Headquarters in New York where world leaders affirmed their commitment to LGBT rights.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that ending homophobia and transphobia is a “great human rights cause.”

“I speak out against the appallingly high levels of stigma, discrimination and violence people suffer because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” he said.

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