hot off the presses from the good folk at AFP:
GENEVA, June 17 AFP – The UN Human Rights Council has passed a historic resolution that seeks equal rights for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, marking progress for gay rights despite strong Arab and African opposition.
The resolution was passed narrowly with 23 votes in favour, 19 against and three abstentions, after an emotional debate that saw African states accusing South Africa of breaking ranks with the region and siding with the West after it introduced the issue.
Presenting the text on Friday, South Africa said that “no one should be subject to discrimination or violence due to sexual orientation or gender identity.”
It also stressed that the resolution “does not seek to impose values on states, but seeks to initiate dialogue” on the issue.
However, Arab and African states were strongly opposed, with countries of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference demanding a vote.
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