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Human Rights Council 35: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and summary executions

This UK statement was delivered during the Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and the Special Rapporteur on summary executions on 6 June 2017.

The Human Rights Council takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva
The Human Rights Council takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The United Kingdom supports the recommendations made by the Special Rapporteur on Extra Judicial Killings. The United Kingdom wishes to remind states of their obligation to conduct prompt, thorough, and fair investigations into all suspected extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions.

The UK supports the work of the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and the recommendations in his first report. We particularly welcome the report’s encouragement of better monitoring and advocacy to protect people from violence and discrimination.

The UK is clear that human rights are universal and should apply equally to all people everywhere, whatever their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The UK is deeply concerned by reports of the mass detention, torture and killings of LGBT persons in Chechnya. We condemn such persecution, and expect the Russian authorities to honour their commitment to carry out a full and thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice.

We also condemn recent punishments for same-sex relations in Aceh, in Indonesia.

How can states support both mandate holders to work collaboratively on matters of shared concern?

Published 6 June 2017