The U.N. Human Rights Council voted in a hotly contested decision to create a new “independent expert” to investigate human rights violations against LGBT people worldwide. The debate leading up to the vote was intense. Culturally conservative countries opposed to the resolution tried furiously to scuttle the measure, or at the very least water it down. Saudi Arabia tried to block the resolution entirely, and at one point Nigeria even tried to delete the title of the resolution. But in the end, it passed with strong Western and Latin American support: 23 to 18, with six abstentions.
July 2 / Humanosphere