Netherlands, speaking on behalf of the European Union, reminded the members that the Vienna Declaration had called on States not to create a hierarchy of rights and had urged them not to justify human rights violations with cultural particularities. The European Union was concerned about persistent cases of persecution of human rights defenders and journalists, and it underlined the responsibility to ensure equality, non-discrimination and protection from violence for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
United Kingdom was clear in its belief that human rights were universal and should apply equally to all people everywhere. It was implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination and worked to uphold the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people in all circumstances. The international community had to, without delay, work to address discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Israel said the 1993 Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action recognized and affirmed that all human rights derived from the dignity and worth inherent in the human person, and affirmed that all human rights were universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. It was clear that States had well-established obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual individuals.
Greece focused its intervention on the situation of human rights defenders worldwide and the widespread discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Greece believed that human rights defenders faced increasing challenges in many parts of the world and were in need of effective protection.
Spain deplored discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, as well as persecution based on religious, cultural and regional grounds. The persecution and conversion of religious minorities by terrorist groups was particularly alarming and Spain condemned such persecution regardless of whether it was perpetrated by State or non-State actors.
International Service for Human Rights raised the issue of ongoing human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons and activists, including in Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Honduras.
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Arvind Narrain | Geneva Director
Kim Vance | Executive Director
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