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African States Narrowly Fail to Stop UN Gay Rights Envoy Work

African states narrowly failed Monday for a second time to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The attempt was voted down in the U.N. General Assembly 84 to 77 with 16 abstentions, a month after African states made a similar unsuccessful move in the General Assembly's third committee, which deals with human rights. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in...

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