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
She said people all over the world face human rights
abuses and violations because of their sexual orientation or
"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.