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.
Commenting on the statement, Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne said:
“I am delighted that this statement has attracted such widespread support from a broad cross-regional group of countries. Over 80 countries have signed up to this statement - the highest ever number of signatories to a UN statement on LGBT issues. This shows the determination of the international community to draw attention to the particularly difficult human rights situation faced by many people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It goes without question that all States must provide an equal level of recognition and protection to all their citizens.”
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“Too many people still suffer outdated prejudices, discrimination and violence both at home and abroad because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.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.”