Brazil Withdraws Gay Rights Resolution:

Brazil withdrew a resolution championing gay rights at a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Commission on Monday, saying there wasn’t enough international support for the document for a second year in a row.

Brazil said it feared a repetition of the 2003 Human Rights Commission meeting, when several Islamic countries that opposed the document got the vote postponed until this year. The resolution would condemn discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.

“Since November last year, we have been consulting with delegations of several countries on the text,” Brazil’s U.N. mission in Geneva said in a statement. “We have not yet been able, however, to arrive at a necessary consensus.”

Post originally posted on 29 Mar 2004 19:22