September 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
U.N. Human Rights Council adopts LGBT resolution
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The U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination.

The body approved the resolution by a 25-14 vote margin after more than an hour of debate.

The U.S., along with Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, South Africa, Macedonia, the U.K., Venezuela and Vietnam voted for the proposal. Algeria, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates opposed it.

Burkina Faso, China, Congo, India, Kazakhstan, Namibia and Sierra Leone abstained.

The U.N. Human Rights Council before the final vote rejected seven proposed amendments put forth by Egypt, Uganda, Pakistan, South Sudan and other countries that sought to strip LGBT-specific language from the proposal

“We are pleased to see that today the international community is visibly and publicly upholding the rights of LGBT individuals, and thereby we demonstrate ourselves as a global community respecting the rights of all,” said Ambassador Keith Harper, who represents the U.S. on the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Pakistan’s representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council described the resolution as a “divisive and controversial initiative.”

“The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles — that everyone is equal in dignity and rights,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, after the vote. “This resolution puts the U.N. on a trajectory to address the discrimination and violence LGBT persons suffer daily across the world.”

Laurindo Garcia, founder of the B-Change Foundation, a Filipino LGBT advocacy group, told the Washington Blade in an e-mail from New York that he hopes the resolution will spur his country’s lawmakers to pass a national anti-discrimination bill.

“What passed in Geneva means that violence perpetrated against us in our homes and communities will not be tolerated,” said Garcia. “It means that our police serve to protect us and our families in the same way they protect every other Filipino citizen. Philippine businesses need to know that they can no longer discriminate against trans Pinoys who want to access services or gain employment. And our health providers and insurers can no longer deny health from LGBT communities. We’ve got a long way to go, and we needed a win like this to reenergise the community.”

Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and Brazil introduced the resolution earlier this month.

The Movement for Homosexual Liberation and Integration, a Chilean LGBT advocacy group, in a statement it released immediately after the vote applauded President Michelle Bachelet’s administration for advancing the resolution. The organization nevertheless pointed out anti-LGBT discrimination and a lack of marriage rights for same-sex couples remain an issue for advocates in the South American country.

“The leadership shown (at the U.N. Human Rights Council) is also a challenge and commitment of the authorities to end all forms of discrimination in our country, which includes the approval of marriage equality,” said the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation. “Anything to the contrary would contradict this leadership shown today.”

The U.N. Human Rights Council in 2011 narrowly approved an LGBT rights resolution that South Africa introduced.

The same body in June adopted a resolution on “Protection of the Family” that Egypt spearheaded. Russia, Uganda and other countries co-sponsored it.

LGBT advocates earlier this week expressed concern that South Africa would not support the latest resolution, but in the end the country backed it.

Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty, who is South Africa’s permanent U.N. representative in Geneva, said after the vote that the resolution “is in sync with our national values shaped on our own history and experience of discrimination.”

“This history and the struggle against all forms of discrimination has therefore made us, as a people and a country, committed to the principle that no person should be subjected to discrimination or violence based on race, class, sex, religion, gender and as is the case with this resolution, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Minty. “It is the same value base that guides our stance on fighting for equality between countries and why we shall always make our voices heard about exploitation and oppression of people in any form.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

37 Comments
  • So happy to see this happening, so sad human rights are still debated in (almost) 2015).

  • Algeria, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Why are these countries in the U.N. Human Rights Council? In what way can they possibly advance human rights when they're oblivious to it?

  • Brazil also voted for the resolution, but it is not mentioned here.

  • homosexuality is not normal and people not agreeing with the lifestyle are as more normal as moron supporting these indecent and vile acts.

  • homosexuality is still wrong even the whole world adopts this as the norm. as the days of noah.

  • Blake Jordan That which is normal is everything in the distribution, not merely that which lies within one standard deviation of the mean. Homosexuality is normal because #Science.

  • Blake Jordan U R a bigot. You've been brainwashed into choosing ignorance! You never heard of The Golden Rule?

  • No surprises as to who voted no. But I'm happy to see that several South American countries not only voted yes, but they introduced the motion. These countries deserve to be recognized by LGBT travel organizations. Money talks and Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and Brazil need to know that they have been heard.

  • Blake Jordan If you do not like homosexuals, so ask your straight couple friends to stop having gay kids. Xoxo from Brazil.

  • cheers, need a way to get back at those horrible natins that wouldnt join in.

    this is the kind of interr national cooperation that has resulted in half the west Eurpean antions haveing marriage equality and almost all the others having CU/ RP

  • SCRIPTURE NEVER CHANGES ( If you don't believe in the Bible that's fine, but don't twist, play games, and ultimately misinterpret and lie about the Bible to fit, justify your own or your friends and families immoral lifestyle/agenda ) GOD LOVES EVERYONE BUT HATES SIN, REPENT AND TURN FROM YOUR SIN

    Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

    Sin is to be hated, not excused or taken lightly. We love sinners by showing them respect (1 Peter 2:17), praying for them (1 Timothy 2:1), and witnessing to them of Christ.

    It is a true act of love to treat someone with respect and kindness even though you do not approve of his or her lifestyle or sinful choices. It is not loving to allow a person to remain stuck in sin. It is not hateful to tell a person he or she is in sin. In fact, the exact opposites are true. Sin leads to death (James 1:15), and we love the sinner by speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). We hate the sin by refusing to condone, ignore, or excuse it."

    Don't let the media and unfortunately some false pastors, family and friends tell you what's right, they'll pat you on the back and say do whatever makes you feel good all the way to hell, let God (Scripture) be your guide. Do not make the mistake you can be lukewarm, there is no "gray area" Scripture is Crystal Clear, You're Either In Or You're Out, You Go All Or Nothing . Homosexuality is indeed a sin, there will always be false "Christians" out there who twist, cut the Bible for their own convenience.

    Matthew 7:15 "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?…My brothers and sisters, SPREAD THE TRUTH!

  • Genesis 16:8 And he said “Hagar, Sarai’s slave girl, where have you come from and where are you going?” She answered, “I’m running away from Sarai, my mistress.” The angel of the Lord said to her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to ill treatment at her hands.”

  • Genesis 19:8 “Look, I have two daughters, virgins both of them. Let me bring them out to you and you could do what you like with them. But do nothing to these men because they have come under the shelter of my roof.”

  • Genesis 16:8And he said “Hagar, Sarai’s slave girl, where have you come from and where are you going?” She answered, “I’m running away from Sarai, my mistress.” The angel of the Lord said to her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to ill treatment at her hands.”

  • Deut. 23:1 No man whose testicles have been crushed or whose organ has been cut off may become a member of the Assembly of God.

  • Leviticus 24:16Whoever utters the name of the Lord must be put to death. The whole community must stone him, whether alien or native. If he utters the name, he must be put to death.

  • That's nice. Too bad that there's not a single direct evidence that your god exists. Your biblical stories are nothing but fairy tales and hearsays written by men delusional enough to believe that they are writing the words of a so called 'god'.

  • The UNHRC bases its decisions on logic and reason, NOT on an archaic collection of fables.

  • Blake Jordan Your outright ignorance and bigotry is evidently ABNORMAL.

  • The evil UN Global government can say whatever it wants.. GOD still HATES homosexual behavior. It is abomination, detestable, unseemly, immoral and filthy.

  • Vietnam, Cuba
    are great supports of Human Rights?
    gay "rights" are fundamentally anti-Human Rights

  • Vietnam, Cuba
    are great supporters of Human Rights?
    gay "rights" are fundamentally anti-Human Rights

  • Blake Jordan , REAL strong words from someone too scared to show his face!!!

  • Danila is a word parrott! Polly want a Hebrew Testatment? What about "Love thy neighbor, etc." from the mouth of Jesus?

  • Blake Jordan well sire u r not right!!! homosexuality is normale!!! cuz it's something that born in us!!! we didn't choose do be homo as u didn't choose to be straight!!! so stop saying thet homosexuality is not normal!!! we all stay humains!!! i can't be you and you can't be me!!! and if i loved a boy does this made troubles to you??? no!!! so stop killing us with your words!! cuz we have feelings!! we still humains!! we have never make troubls for you!!! we only live!! but you make troubls to us!!! don't give us judgments that made us down!!! we live with you!!! we are doctors, ingeniours!!! teachers!!! students!!! brothers and sisters!!! we all family!!! please don't kill us!!! just give us some peace!! we need peace and we want to live with you without hearing something that turn us down!!! for once we want to sleep without crying at night cuz u hurt us!!! please!!!

  • i am a tunisian gay!!! and i really wish that you could help all arabic gays:!!! cuz when you see what happens in egypte!!! saudi arabia!!! iran!!! united arab!!! really isn't cool!!! they kill and punish all gays!! for what?? for living what they are!!! i really cry to see friends and brothers are dying and in jail for noyhing!!! please we need help here!! please :'(

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