The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday approved a resolution condemning violence against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The 47-member inter-governmental body tasked with protecting human rights around the world approved the resolution with a 25-14 vote.
Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay sponsored resolution HRC27.
“Breaking: UN Human Rights Council adopts landmark resolution on protection of LGBT rights #HRC27,” tweeted the UN's Free & Equal Campaign, which focuses on promoting LGBT rights globally.
Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), applauded the vote.
“The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations' key principles – that everyone is equal in dignity and rights,” Stern said in a statement. “This resolution puts the UN on a trajectory to address the discrimination and violence LGBT persons suffer daily across the world.”
The resolution also asks the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights to gather and publish information on how best to overcome discrimination and violence against sexual minorities.
According to IGLHRC, opponents introduced seven amendments “that would have eliminated all reference to sexual orientation and gender identity from the text, and made it applicable only to countries who proactively declare support for sexual diversity and rights.” All the amendments failed.