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Opposition and delay confront anti-LGBT push at U.N.

united-nations-logoThe United Nations has delayed a confrontation about LGBT rights until later this month.

At issue is whether the U.N. General Assembly will seek to nullify June’s vote by the U.N. Human Rights Council to hire a watchdog to investigate violations of LGBT rights.

A large group of African nations, including Botswana and South Africa, has introduced a resolution opposing the creation of the watchdog position. A vote on that resolution was scheduled for Nov. 8, but it has been delayed.

In opposition to the resolution, an amendment that would remove the resolution’s anti-LGBT language has been proposed by Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico and Uruguay. Action on the amendment has also been delayed.

For more information, see this blog’s Nov. 7 article “Anti-LGBT nations seek to end U.N. advocacy of LGBT rights.”

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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