UK welcomes UN statement on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity
Helen G // 22 March 2011
Via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website:
Foreign Office and Equalities Ministers have welcomed the statement on “Ending acts of violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation & gender identity” at the UN Human Rights Council.
The statement was issued on behalf of over 80 countries from all regions of the world and calls on States to take action to end violence, criminal sanctions and related human rights violations committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Minister for Equalities Lynne Featherstone, said:
“Too many people still suffer outdated prejudices, discrimination and violence both at home and abroad because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Government published an action plan last week that demonstrated its commitment to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people domestically and internationally. We will continue to work tirelessly with international partners to advance LGB&T equality and challenge discrimination wherever it occurs.”