United Nations - Supporters of gay rights have won a major victory at the UN with the failure of a second African attempt to stop a UN independent expert from investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation.
After a first defeat November 21 in the General Assembly's human rights committee, African nations led by Burkina Faso attempted again on Monday to suspend the work of the first LGBT expert. But the result was almost identical.
The Africans sought to delay implementation of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to determine "the legal basis" for the expert's mandate.
But their proposed amendment for a delay was defeated by a vote of 77-86, with 16 abstentions. The committee vote had the same number of supporters and opponents.