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UN Human Rights Council 2008

in WORLD, 03/04/2008

Slovenia and Mercosur countries'statement in favour of LGBT rights at the UNCHR

Item 8 : Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. 25 March, 2008:

Slovenia, on behalf of the European Union (delivered by H.E. Ambassador Andrej Logar):

“Universality of Human Rights
The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action clearly reaffirms the universality of all human rights. While the significance of national and regional particularities and various historical, cultural and religious backgrounds must be borne in mind, it is the duty of States, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms. For this reason, the EU wants to stress that human rights must also fully protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In 85 countries, homosexuality is still punishable by law and people can be prosecuted because of their sexual orientation, and in some of them consensual sexual acts by people of the same sex are even capital crimes. There is no excuse for the humiliation and exclusion of homosexual people – let alone for imposing the death penalty on them.”

Argentina, on behalf of Mercosur and Associated States (delivered by Sebastián Rosales):

“I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of the Mercosur Member and Associated States (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). …

The meeting of high-level Human Rights Authorities and Foreign Ministries … has advanced a broad human rights agenda … including on matters such as … discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. … The Mercosur and Associated countries have shared experiences on the question of sexual orientation at the domestic level, and to this end held a seminar on Sexual Diversity, Identity and Gender in Uruguay on 7 August, 2007 during the IXth meeting of the high-level Authorities.”

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