Action on Operative Paragraph 2

Mexico, speaking on behalf of the core group of sponsors in an explanation of the vote before the vote, repeated that those supporting the original draft resolution should vote in favour of retaining operative paragraph 2.

United Kingdom, speaking in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said that voting against operative paragraph 2 would mean that the Human Rights Council would condone violence against persons because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. It would say to those individuals that such violence was justified and that it mattered less than other forms of violence.

Switzerland, speaking in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said it would vote in favour of operative paragraph 2 because it described a factual situation. It was important to render that category of discrimination visible. It urged all Member States to do the same.

The Council then adopted operative paragraph 2 with a vote of 23 in favour, 14 against, and 8 abstentions.