The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a motion on June 20 that directs the UN High Commissioner to launch a study of how gay, bisexual and trans people are discriminated against across the world.
“The Council requests the High Commissioner to commission a study to be finalized by December 2011 to document discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, in all regions of the world, and how international human rights law can be used to end violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” the declaration reads.
Read the complete text of the resolution for yourself here. A panel to discuss the results will be convened in the 19th session of the Council.
The vote on the study was 23 to 19, with three abstentions. The United States, the UK and several Scandinavian countries voted in favour of the resolution, while Russia, Nigeria, Uganda and Saudi Arabia opposed the resolution. Canada was not represented in the votes because it doesn’t sit on the UN Human Rights Council...I'm not sure how the victim groups pecking order has ordered itself this week: Do gays trump Muslims, or do Muslims trump gays?
Update: The above makes it sound as though Saudi Arabia is the only Islamic country that voted against the resolution. Not so:
Speaking on behalf of the powerful [57-member countries of the] Organization of the Islamic Conference, Pakistan's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva said the resolution had "nothing to do with fundamental human rights."
"We are seriously concerned at the attempt to introduce to the United Nations some notions that have no legal foundation," Ambassador Zamir Akram said.In other words, "notions" that are un-Islamic/incompatible with sharia.