GENEVA / LGBT HRC

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Delegates at the Human Rights Council in Geneva have voted to appoint an Independent Expert to report on violence and discrimination committed against people around the world based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / LGBT HRC
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DATELINE: JUNE 2016, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Aerial shot, Palais des Nations

30 JUNE 2016, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, delegates
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Julian Braithwaite, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations in Geneva:
“As we’ve seen from the recent events in Orlando, this is a situation which affects all countries and all regions. Tragically, only in the last 24 hours, we’ve seen reports of gay men being attacked and beaten simply for supporting the victims of the Orlando massacre. This should not be seen as a north versus south issue. The countries that have put forward this initiative are from the global south and have shown courage and leadership in taking this work forward. It is only right that the United Nations is asked to address this protection gap.”
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jorge Lomónaco, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva:
“All individuals that are discriminated or subjected to violence because of their sexual orientation will now have a voice within the international system of human rights.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. Various shots, voting board
7. Pan right, voting board to Human Rights Council President with gavel
8. UPSOUND (English) Choi Kyonglim, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in Geneva:
“The results of the recorded vote are as follows: 23 in favour, 18 against, (and) 6 abstentions. Draft resolution L2-rev1 as amended is therefore adopted.”
11. Wide shot, delegates clapping

STORYLINE:

Delegates at the Human Rights Council in Geneva have voted to appoint an Independent Expert to report on violence and discrimination committed against people around the world based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. In the resolution adopted today (30 Jun), the Council strongly deplored “acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity”. The resolution received 23 votes in favour, with 18 opposing and six abstentions.

Speaking at the Council, British ambassador Julian Braithwaite said the recent events in Orlando showed that “this is a situation which affects all countries and all regions.” He said it was “only right that the United Nations is asked to address this protection gap.”

Mexican ambassador Jorge Lomónaco said by adopting this resolution, “all individuals that are discriminated or subjected to violence because of their sexual orientation will now have a voice within the international system of human rights.”

The mandate of the Independent Expert will include assessing what is currently in place to overcome violence and discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, raising awareness, and working with countries to protect people from violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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