United Nations Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Human Rights Postponed to 2005

Monday, July 26 2010
On April 16, 2004: The United Nations Commission on Human Rights decided by consensus to defer the Brazilian resolution on "sexual orientation and human rights" - first of its kind - to the next session in 2005.


No votes, nor debates arose: Ambassador Mike Smith, chairing the session noted that there was no objection nor opposition to the Brazilian request dated March 31 to defer consultation of the draft resolution.


Concerns were high at one point that the resolution could have been defeated or completely withdrawn from the UN agenda.


For the first time at the UN a large coalition of LGBT activists from all over the world, representing many organizations from countries as diverse as Fiji, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Chile, India and Nepal have been working in Geneva.


This postponement gives LGBT activists another year to thoroughly prepare and fight the formidable forces massed against the resolution. ILGA's petition, more than ever, can be an extremely useful tool to this effect.


The International Lesbian and Gay Association is a world-wide federation of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people everywhere. Its motto remains unchanged since its creation in 1978: "Gay and Lesbian rights are human rights".   Visit http://www.ilga.org

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