On April 25th, The Human Rights Campaign expressed disappointment at
the postponement of a vote on a "Human Rights and Sexual Orientation"
resolution before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The
proposed resolution expressed deep concern at the widespread abuses
based on sexual orientation around the globe and called upon all nations
to protect the human rights of all individuals regardless of sexual
"We are very disappointed that the Commission on Human Rights has chosen
to postpone action that affirms the basic human rights of the world's
gay, lesbian and bisexual population, who along with the transgender
community, are routinely subjected to discrimination and inhumane
treatment," said HRC Executive Director Elizabeth Birch. "Lasting
global peace begins with basic human rights for all the world's
A consortium of nations led by Pakistan attempted Thursday to block
consideration of the resolution the resolution. In a 24-22 vote, the
United States supported its consideration. While the Commission on
Human Rights adjourned before the resolution could be voted on, reports
indicated that the Bush administration would have abstained from voting,
indicating that other language, not necessarily linked to sexual
orientation, was problematic.
HRC sent letters to Secretary of State Collin Powell, and Ambassador
Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and
current head of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Commission on Human
Rights, urging them to support the resolution.
"We are troubled by reports that the U.S. would choose to abstain from
voting on a resolution that would protect the civil and human rights of
the world's gay community," said Birch. "We are eager to work with the
State Department, allied groups and our supporters in Congress on this
resolution when it next comes up for consideration."
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