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Summary—LGBTI vote at the UN shows battle for human rights is far from won

The argument about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) stretches beyond the United Nation (UN) vote. From the one hand, the newspaper reports that the world is now coming closer to giving LGBTI the same rights and privileges as enjoyed by other social groups. On the other, there is a reiteration from the newspaper, following the UN vote that LGBTI still suffer from elements of social segregation, particularly from African countries. This is a misplaced social norms and attitude that has contributed to situations where the community is segregated regarding important societal or family issues. This view in return has caused depression and mental illness amongst the group.

Additionally, the paper cites the 47-member Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council that adopted a resolution to protect the group in what it termed as “Protection Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” Accordingly, all policy makers including government agencies were to take part in ensuring that LGBTI rights are upheld. What the newspaper considers as “human rights is far from won” is that the resolution was welcome by a narrow margin with only 23 member in support and 18 against the move with the strongest resistance coming from African and Muslim states. While this is what the paper considers as villains and champions, there is still negative social effect of norms and attitudes with minimal social support which has been magnified by the pervasive as well as longstanding racial segregation in a number of Muslim and African states’ practices and policies. To contxtualise this argument is what the newspaper considers as “the puzzling case of South Africa and Namibia” with South Africa’s abstention contravening their previous stance on gay rights.