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Supportive governments

in WORLD, 07/04/2008

60 countries have publicly supported sexual orientation at the CHR/HRC between 2003 and 2008

Currently there are altogether 60 countries that have publicly supported sexual orientation as an issue at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights/Human Rights Council since 2003 by...

a) being co-sponsors of the original Brazilian Resolution in 2003,
b) supporting the Luxemburg statement under item 6 in 2005
c) supporting the New Zealand statement under item 17 in 2005
d) supporting the Norwegian statement December 1, 2006
e) supporting the MERCOSUR statement in March 2008

European Union (27): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary ,Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
EU Accession/Candidate Countries (3): Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey
EU Potential Candidates (4): Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia
Other Council of Europe (7): Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Norway, Switzerland and Ukraine
Other WEOG (4): Australia, Canada, New Zealand and United States of America
MERCOSUR and Associates (10) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela
Other Latin America (3): Guatemala, Mexico, Panama
Asia (2): Republic of Korea and Timor Leste

Out of these 60 all but Turkey have also publicly supported gender identity as an issue at the United Nations Human Rights Council by supporting the Norwegian Statement in 2006 or the MERCOSUR statement in March 2008.

In addition a further three countries voted against the „No-Action“ motion brought by Pakistan and the OIC against the Brazilian Resolution in 2003 and so in favour of the Brazilian Resolution to be publicly debated

Other Council of Europe (1): Armenia
Latin America (1): Costa Rica
Asia (1): Japan


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