Measure to block LGBT rights investigator in U.N. fails
- African, Middle Eastern, and Eurasian nations spurred an effort to retroactively block the establishment of the first U.N. Independent Expert on the Protection against Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI).
- The position was established in June 2016 to investigate human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals and communities around the world.
- An effort by a number of Latin American and Caribbean nations blocked the attempt to undermine the newly created position, paving the way for the newly appointed SOGI investigator (Vitit Muntarbhorn) to proceed without interference.
“African states fail to block United Nations’ LGBT rights protector” (The Guardian)
“UN Creates LGBT Expert Post Despite Objections” (Voice of America)
“Gay Rights Supporters Win UN Victory to Keep UN LGBT Expert” (AP via ABC News)