Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday welcomed the passage of a UN resolution on the rights of gays as a “historic moment,” saying it affirms that human rights are universal.
The UN Human Rights Council narrowly passed the resolution which seeks equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation, by a vote of 23 to 19, with three abstentions, in Geneva.
“This represents a historic moment to highlight the human rights abuses and violations that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people face around the world based solely on who they are and whom they love,” Clinton said in a statement.
She said people all over the world face human rights abuses and violations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Today’s landmark resolution affirms that human rights are universal. People cannot be excluded from protection simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” she said. Agencies