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U.N. Human Rights Council Creates Expert Role To Monitor LGBT Rights

New York Times: U.N. Panel Moves to Curb Bias Against LGBT People
“The United Nations’ main human rights body on Thursday adopted measures to strengthen protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, despite fierce resistance from Muslim and African countries…” (Cumming-Bruce, 6/30).

Reuters: U.N. rights council creates role of expert to protect LGBT people
“…After a heated debate lasting almost four hours, the 47-member state [U.N. Human Rights Council] overcame strong objections by Saudi Arabia and Muslim countries to adopt a Western-backed resolution by a vote of 23 states in favor and 18 against with six abstentions. The United Nations expert, still to be named, will have a three-year mandate…” (Nebehay, 6/30).

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