Introduction of the Resolution

Chile, introducing draft resolution L.2/Rev.1 on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, recalled that to date the Council had already endorsed this issue through two resolutions. The High Commissioner had issued a report underscoring the need for a mechanism focusing specifically and comprehensively on this matter. The resolution aimed to fill this gap.

Uruguay, also introducing draft resolution L.2/Rev.1, said that this type of violence required a specific response from the Council, which was why the resolution established a new mandate. The Council was already dealing with many types of violence and discrimination, and now needed to fill the gap and ensure the protection against violence and discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Brazil, also introducing draft resolution L.2/Rev.1, said that this initiative sought to promote much needed dialogue to put an end to violence and discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity, on the basis of international human rights instruments and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. The draft resolution had been translated in all official languages of the United Nations, and broad consultations had been conducted. Brazil called on all delegations to vote in favour of this text, and in favour of leaving no one behind.