First-ever UN LGBTI rights watchdog resigns

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.N.’s first-ever LGBT and intersex rights watchdog has resigned.

Vitit Muntarbhorn in a letter he sent U.N. Human Rights Council President Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli on Sept. 8 cited his personal health and that of a family member.

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UN LGBT expert vows broad investigations into abuses

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BANGKOK (AP) – The first-ever U.N. independent expert selected to examine violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people has vowed to forge ahead with wide-ranging investigations despite formidable opposition to his appointment in a U.N. vote.

“This mandate will cover every country under the sun and under the moon,” Vitit Muntarbhorn said at a LGBT conference in Bangkok Nov. 30. “There can never be a political or legal vacuum in terms of protecting people.”

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Gay rights supporters win UN victory to keep UN LGBT expert

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Supporters of gay rights won a victory at the United Nations Nov. 21 when an African attempt to suspend the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity failed.

African nations had urged the General Assembly’s human rights committee to delay implementation of a resolution adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva to determine “the legal basis” for the expert’s mandate. They also sought to suspend the expert, Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, who was appointed on Sept. 30 and has started his work.

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African nations seek to get rid of 1st UN LGBTQ expert

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) – African nations are seeking to initially suspend and then get rid of the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Botswana’s U.N. Ambassador Charles Ntwaagae said Nov. 4 that African nations want the General Assembly to delay consideration of a Human Rights Council resolution adopted on June 30 that authorized the appointment of an expert to monitor LGBT rights in order to discuss “the legality of the creation of this mandate.”

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United Nations appoints first expert on LGBT violence and discrimination

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Vitit Muntarbhorn

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Human Rights Council has appointed international human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand as the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

John Fisher, Geneva director of Human Rights Watch, said his appointment on Friday “made history” and “will bring much-needed attention to human rights violations against LGBT people in all regions of the world.”

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