Monday, 20 June 2011 12:13

UN Passed LGBTQ Resolution

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The United Nations Human Rights Council voted a resolution against discriminations and violences related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

With 23 votes in favor against 19 opponents and 3 abstentions, the resolution passed.

The representative of South Africa, Jerry Matthews Matjila, said "nobody must be subjected to discrimination or violence because of her sexual orientation". Adding the resolution "does not seek to impose certain values on countries, but to start the dialog" on this topic.

Countries of the OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference), like Pakistan, were strongly opposed. We "are seriously worried by this attempt to introduce in UNO the concepts which do not have any legal foundation in the international legislation of human rights".

"We are even disturbed by this attempt to focus itself on certain individuals on the basis of their attitudes or their sexual interests" said the representative of Pakistan.

The delegate of Nigeria, Ositadinma Anaedu, also reproached South Africa "for having broken with the tradition of the African group" as a voter for the resolution. "That makes me sorrow because South Africa is the pillar of Africa" he said being convinced "more than 90% of South-African are not in favor of the resolution". "It is interesting today the Western countries are your partners."

Other countries, as United-States, France, Mexico, Brazil or Argentina greeted the vote, just as ONG of human rights defense. "It is an opening" considered the French ambassador Jean-Baptiste Mattei. He said: "It is the first time UNO passed such a strong text in the form of a resolution and of this measuring range."

Representing of the United-States Eileen Donahoe estimated the resolution "enters the history of the fight for equality and justice". "It is an important step towards the recognition owing to the fact human rights are in fact universal", she underlined.

"This represents a historic moment to highlight the human rights abuses and violations that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people face around the world based solely on who they are and whom they love” Mrs Clinton said in a statement.

"Today’s landmark resolution affirms that human rights are universal. People cannot be excluded from protection simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity" she added.


So which country voted for or against, here the list:

For: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, South Korea, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Maurice, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the USA, Uruguay.

Against: Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Moldavie, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Uganda.

Abstention: Burkina Faso Faso, China, Zambia.

Absent: Kyrgyszstan, Libya (suspended).