WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. joined over 80 countries to issue a statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council entitled “Ending Acts of Violence and Related Human Rights Violations Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” The statement “express[es] concern at continued evidence in every region of acts of violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” In addition, it “call[s] on States to take steps to end acts of violence, criminal sanctions and related human rights violations committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
“The Administration has laudably reaffirmed its commitment to the philosophy that LGBT rights are human rights by joining today’s statement before the U.N. Human Rights Council,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “With over 80 nations jointly participating in the statement, the message is clear that hate violence against LGBT people should not be tolerated by any government.”
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States, including the U.S., responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. Joint statements provide a constructive opportunity to raise awareness and support for human rights issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. The joint statement was delivered by Colombia on behalf of 85 countries.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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