Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-2016

Abstract

Since the mid-1990s, UN special procedures reports have increasingly addressed human rights violations related to sexual orientation. However, it was not until 2011 that the first UN resolution on human rights and sexual orientation was adopted. After considerable difficulty, a follow-up resolution was adopted in late 2014. This policy and practice note examines the challenges of adopting sexual orientation resolutions at the UN Human Rights Council. The discussion is organized around six challenges: the need for Southern leadership, the strong counter-reaction that sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) issues generate at the UN, finding a strong leader, divisions within civil society, securing the necessary votes, and the contents of the resolution. The paper concludes with a reflection on the practical and strategic implications of these challenges.

Keywords

human rights, human rights defenders, sexual orientation, United Nations, UN Human Rights Council

Discipline

International Relations | Political Science | Public Affairs

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Journal of Human Rights Practice

Volume

8

Issue

2

First Page

298

Last Page

310

ISSN

1757-9619

Identifier

10.1093/jhuman/huw009

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy E - Oxford Open Option D

Copyright Owner and License

Author

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1093/jhuman/huw009

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