The first time any United Nations body approved a resolution affirming the rights of LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) people was on June 17, 2011. The resolution sought that the United Nations launch a study into “discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”. It meant that there would be an official United Nations reference point for what constituted rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Who proposed the study? – South Africa. And though only one other African nation – Mauritius – voted with us, the resolution squeaked through.
November 11/Daily Maverick
Issues and Countries: Human Rights, Protection and Safety, Health and Well Being, Discrimination and Equality, Society Culture and Religion, South Africa, Africa, Transgender and Intersex Issues, News