UN fight over LGBT protection threatens to undermine the human rights system

On Nov 4, 2016 The Conversation wrote this excellent article: In June 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council created an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It took years of negotiations and tireless work to get this resolution tabled – and the fact that it passed was a major success.

But there was plenty of opposition. More than 70 of the UN’s 193 member states criminalise people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Many of these states claim that the rights of sexual orientation and gender identity minorities do not form part of international human rights law.

Now these countries have failed to stop the Human Rights Council creating a mandate to protect and promote such individuals, they are trying to use the UN General Assembly to justify their human rights violations. They are proposing that the assembly defer consideration of the mandate, which would sideline it for months or years. If they succeed, they could undermine the credibility and authority of the whole UN human rights system.

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