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India abstains at UN vote on LGBT (Relevant for GS Paper Mains Paper II)

India’s avoided voting at UN
India avoided taking a position on the need to end discrimination based on sexual orientation at the Human Rights Council of the UN.

The MEA’s clarification came a day after India abstained from a voting at the UNHRC on a resolution to set up the office of Independent Expert to end discrimination against LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual) persons.

Reason for India’s avoiding stand at UN
The issue of LGBT rights in India is a matter being considered by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is yet to pronounce on this issue. India had to take this into account in terms of vote on the third UN resolution to institutionalise the office of an Independent Expert to prevent discrimination against LGBT persons.

Stand of other countries
The resolution which was backed by the Latin American member states was opposed by Russia and the Islamic countries as India, Philippines and South Africa abstained.

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