- By Robert ZeligerRobert Zeliger is News Editor of Foreign Policy.
For the first time, the United Nation’s Human Rights Council condemned violence and discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender people today in Geneva. The move– which was initially put forward by South Africa– was applauded by gay rights supporters.
The resolution "expresses grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity" and calls for a study by the end of the year to examine discrimination against the gay community.
The U.S. ambassador to the council, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, called it a "historic moment" for the United Nations, according to the Associated Press.
Nevertheless, the vote was close– with the strongest opposition coming from African and Islamic countries. 23 nations voted in favor, 19 against, and 3 abstained.
Here’s a rundown of which countries voted which way:
Backed the resolution
Opposed the resolution
Republic of Moldova