European Forum

of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups

UN Human Rights Council Passes First-Ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender

Great news from the United Nations Human rights Council: for the first time ever they pass a formal resolution on human rights violations (violence and discrimination) based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The resolution also requests the High Commisioner for Human Rights to prepare a study on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and calls for a panel discussion to be held at the Human Rights Council (probably in March 2012) to discuss the findings of the study in a constructive and transparent manner, and to consider appropriate follow-up.

This commitment of the Human Rights Council sends an important signal of support to human rights defenders working on these issues, and recognizes the legitimacy of their work.

Download the resolution