UN Resolution on Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity


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UN Resolution 17/19 on ‘Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity’ was adopted by the Human Rights Council with a recorded vote of 23 to 19 with 3 abstentions on 17 June 2011.

It requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to commission a study “documenting 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 voting was as follows:

In favour: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Hungary, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay

Against: Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Uganda

Abstaining: Burkina Faso, China, Zambia

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