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Thirtieth Session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva, 14 September to 2 October 2015

UK Statement delivered under Item 8 General debate - Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, Geneva, 28 September 2015.

UN Office in Geneva

The Palais des Nations in Geneva

Thank you, Mr President.

The UK aligns itself with the statement made on behalf of the EU and would like to make some additional remarks.

As we have heard reaffirmed again today, the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action make clear that human rights are universal and should apply equally to all people.

We therefore believe that the international community must address all forms of discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

For too long, the Human Rights Council remained silent on discrimination and violence against LGBT people. Thankfully, this is no longer the case.

Last year, the Human Rights Council adopted its second resolution on sexual orientation. This provided important international recognition of the rights of LGBT people and the challenges they face.

The UK will continue to champion the rights of LGBT people, and will urge others to ensure that their rights are protected and upheld.

Thank you, Mr President.

Published 28 September 2015