Collective European statement in support of the Brazilian resolution
Following the deferral of the Brazilian resolution to the 61 rst UNCHR Session, the UK delegation delivered a speech at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on behalf of 14 countries from the European Union with the exception of Italy. The Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia and Lithuania joined the former group to formally support the UK statement. Italy had previously affirmed its opposition to any type of discrimination (including on the grounds of sexual orientation) on the 2nd day of the Commission, March the 16th. Statement on Human Rights and Sexual Orientation
I am taking the floor on behalf of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden as well as the United Kingdom.
We note the decision by Brazil to request the Commission on Human Rights to postpone consideration of its draft resolution on the issue of sexual orientation to next year’s session.
We firmly believe in the universal principle that all human beings are equal in dignity and rights and that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights without distinction of any kind.
Non-discrimination, including on the grounds of sexual orientation, is at the core of our policy. We view consideration of this issue by the Commission on Human Rights as a step towards the recognition that the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons should not be hindered in any way on the grounds of sexual orientation. We note that discrimination on these grounds occurs all over the world.
In addition to efforts undertaken by states, we note the role of civil society in raising the profile of this issue and increasing understanding of its importance in the context of human rights.
We look forward to respectful consideration of this issue at next year’s session of the Commission on Human Rights and will continue to support Brazil’s efforts towards building consensus on this important human rights issue.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.