In June 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted its first resolution on sexual orientation and human rights. Resolution 17/19 expressed grave concern at violence and discrimination committed against people because of their sexual orientation and tasked the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to report on such abuses. In a body marred by regional bloc voting, Resolution 17/19 passed with support from states in all five of the official regions of the UN. South Africa was widely praised for leading such a progressive resolution through the Council, especially in the face of considerable pressure from African and Islamic states.
South African Foreign Policy Initiative
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Pinelands, South Africa
JORDAAN, Eduard Christiaan, "South Africa’s First Five Years on the United Nations Human Rights Council" (2012). Research Collection School of Social Sciences. Paper 1167.
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