On Oct 2, 2016 The Star Online Reported – LONDON: The UN Human Rights Council appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn (pic) as its first independent investigator to safeguard the rights of homosexual and transgender community across the world amid strong objections by Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries.
The first independent investigator’s main job will be to help protect homosexual and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination.
The UN expert Vitit will have a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBT) people.
Vitit is an international law professor at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and has served on several UN bodies, including inquiries on Syria and as a special rapporteur on North Korea.
The UN agreed on the new role in June, after the 47-member council overcame strong objections by Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries to adopt a Western-backed resolution by a vote of 23 states in favour and 18 against, with six abstentions.
Human Rights Watch welcomed Friday’s appointment, saying the UN council “made history.”