UN member states have voted to restore a controversial reference to sexual orientation in a resolution against the unjustified killing of minority groups.
The clause had been removed after pressure from some Arab and African member states but the US had pushed to have it reinstated.
The General Assembly voted 93 in favour of the US proposal, with 55 countries voting against and 27 abstaining.
The outcome was welcomed by human rights advocates.
“We are relieved by the result,” said Boris Dittrich, of Human Rights Watch.
“Countries that tried to roll back crucial protections for gay and lesbian people have been defeated.”
It also expressed opposition to violence motivated by racial, national, ethnic, religious or linguistic reasons, as well as the killings of refugees, indigenous people and other groups.