New Zealand will continue to support a United Nations resolution incorporating equal rights regardless of sexuality, after Muslim countries forced a delay in formal consideration of the resolution. New Zealand supported the draft resolution and considered co-sponsorship, “in keeping with the belief that all human rights are universal and indivisible regardless of sexual orientation,” according to Foreign Affairs minister Phil Goff. New Zealand is currently an observer at the commission and can play an active part in proposing, co-sponsoring and negotiating draft resolutions. New Zealand is not one of the currently elected Commission members and therefore cannot vote. However, in the absence of any substantive changes to the text, New Zealand will maintain its support for the resolution, Goff says. The resolution has been delayed for a year.
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First published: Tuesday, 13th May 2003 - 12:00pm
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