UN Human Rights Council passes resolution on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

In a resolution (A/HRC/17/L.9/Rev.1) regarding human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, adopted by a vote of 23 in favour, 19 against, and 3 abstentions, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) requested the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to commission a study to be finalised by December 2011 to document 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 HRC also decided to convene a panel discussion during the nineteenth session of the Human Rights Council, informed by the facts contained in the study commissioned by OHCHR and to have constructive, informed and transparent dialogue on the issue of discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The HRC will also discuss the appropriate follow-up to the recommendations of the study commissioned by OHCHR.

More details can be found in the link below
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=38762

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