Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

Celebrating diversity – the EU stands up for LGBTI rights

08/07/2019 - 14:59
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As the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council enters into its final week, the European Union actively promoted LGBTI rights, fighting all forms of discrimination and violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

On the occasion of the Pride Month, an EU team composed by more than 100 persons of the EU Delegation and EU Member State Missions participated in the Geneva Pride 2019, advocating for the respect of LGBTI rights and "equal rights for all" regardless of sexual orientation. The EU Team was part of the #DiplomatsForEquality initiative.

As part of the interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity at the Human Rights Council, the European Union Delegation, led by Mr. Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for human rights, strongly reaffirmed its commitment to equality and non-discrimination as well as to the entitlement of all persons, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity, to enjoy the full range of human rights without discrimination and violence.

Mr. Gilmore declared that "the EU is gravely concerned that sexual orientation and gender identity continue to be used to justify serious human rights violations around the world. Many LGBTI persons experience discrimination in day-to-day life, which often lead to harmful effects, such as stigmatization, social exclusion or even violence", and highlighted the work done by the EU to protect LGBTI persons from discrimination and violence.

Through a combination of political and human rights dialogues, awareness-raising activities, financial assistance and specific policy tools such as the "European Commission's List of actions to advance LGBTI equality", the European Union will continue to address discrimination and violence on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and show the European Union's commitment to advance LGBTI equality in the enjoyment of human rights, in the European Union and beyond, Mr. Gilmore said.

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