UN decides to protect gays and lesbians

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UN | BBC | 14457

On 16 June 2011 the U.N.’s main human rights forum condemned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The 47-member Human Rights Council voted 23 in favor and 19 against today, with 3 abstentions, for the resolution put forward by South Africa which establishes a panel to review discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world.

The resolution was backed by the United States, the European Union, Brazil and other Latin American countries. African and Islamic countries, led by Nigeria and Pakistan, voted against.

Updated 23 November 2014: One of the original source articles is no longer available from the United Nations.


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