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These 5 South America Nations Urge UN to Create LGBT Advocate Post

  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a conference on LGBT rights

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a conference on LGBT rights | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 June 2016

The group known as the LAC5 put forward the resolution.

The United Nations will debate the creation of a new position to investigate human rights violations against LGBT communities, after five South American nations presented a resolution urging the move, Buzzfeed reported.

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Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay, who are part of the group known as the LAC5, put forward the resolution.

Depending on the outcome of negotiations, the U.N. could approve an independent expert position, which usually turns into a special rapporteur office.

The& position would work under the U.N. Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental institution comprised of 47 member states that makes recommendations to the U.N.

The Human Rights Council approved the resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in 2011, which was led by South Africa, calling for worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality and for other measures to tackle violence and discrimination against LGBT communities.

Last year Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay presented a follow-up resolution to demand that the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights conduct a study related to LGBT rights. This lead to a heated debate inside the U.N. after Russia, Nigeria and Uganda approved anti-LGBT laws.

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