Nations pledge movement on LGBT issues at UN Human Rights Council

Published: March 29, 2011

As the United Nations Human Rights Council continued its periodic review sessions on various nations, several developments took place this month.

Mongolia’s representatives accepted recommendations that the nation address issues of violence against LGBT people.

Panama accepted a recommendation to synchronize its national laws with the norms of "The Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity," which were drawn up at a 2006 meeting in Indonesia by human-rights experts from around the world.

Honduras agreed to review its national laws to ensure that LGBT human rights are not abridged.

And Jamaica agreed to provide enforcement officials with sensitivity training on matters of sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV.

At the same time, representatives of four nations — Lebanon, Malawi, Maldives, and Mauritania — rejected recommendations that they decriminalize gay sex.

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