UN / ORLANDO SEXUAL ORIENTATION

15-Jun-2016 00:02:26
In an unprecedented press statement, members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida targeting people as a result of their sexual orientation, during which 49 people were killed and 53 injured. UNIFEED-UNTV
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STORY: UN / ORLANDO SEXUAL ORIENTATION
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SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14, 13 JUNE 2016, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

14 JUNE 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Various shots, Security Council members
4. Wide shot, Security Council

13 JUNE 2016, NEW YORK CITY

5. Wide shot, US representative walking to the General Assembly podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) David Pressman, Alternate Representative of the United States to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs:
“Many of you have expressed your condolences. We are grateful. Many of you have condemned terrorism. We join you. But that is not enough. My friends, we must do better. We each can contribute more than condolences and condemnations.”
7. Wide shot, US representative speaking to the General Assembly members
8. SOUNDBITE (English) David Pressman, Alternate Representative of the United States to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs:
“Dignity should not be so hard to protect. Here, it too often is. In this chamber, every time it is up for consideration, there is a pitched fight over the inclusion of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the one General Assembly resolution that references it – a resolution, I would note, that does nothing more than urges states to protect the right to life of all persons and investigate killings; there is a pitched fight over whether it is appropriate to include sexual orientation in that protection. Further, we find ourselves constantly battling to incorporate the voices of the LGBTI community in the vital work of this body.”
9. Wide shot, member States of the General Assembly
10. SOUNDBITE (English) David Pressman, Alternate Representative of the United States to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs:
“If we are united in our outrage by the killing of so many – and we are – let us be equally united around the basic premise of upholding the universal dignity of all persons regardless of who they love, not just around condemning the terrorists who kill them. Protecting the dignity of human beings, in all of their diversity, will be the work that leads to a more peaceful United Nations. May what happened in Orlando only underscore the urgency, the imperative. And may that be the work of the next General Assembly, the next President of this body, and every Member State in this room.”
11. Wide shot, US representative leaving the podium
12. Wide shot, dais
STORYLINE
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, on 12 June 2016, targeting persons as a result of their sexual orientation, during which 49 people were killed and 53 injured.

In an unprecedented statement issued on Wednesday (14 Jun) evening, council members expressed sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims. They reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

They also reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

On Monday (13 Jun) the alternate United States ambassador David Pressman told the 193-member UN General Assembly that condolences were not enough, adding “we must do better. We each can contribute more than condolences and condemnations.”

He also said “dignity should not be so hard to protect. Here, it too often is. In this chamber, every time it is up for consideration, there is a pitched fight over the inclusion of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the one General Assembly resolution that references it – a resolution, I would note, that does nothing more than urges states to protect the right to life of all persons and investigate killings; there is a pitched fight over whether it is appropriate to include sexual orientation in that protection.”

Pressman added “we find ourselves constantly battling to incorporate the voices of the LGBTI community in the vital work of this body.”

The US representative also stressed “if we are united in our outrage by the killing of so many – and we are – let us be equally united around the basic premise of upholding the universal dignity of all persons regardless of who they love, not just around condemning the terrorists who kill them.”

Pressman noted that protecting the dignity of human beings, in all of their diversity, would be the work that leads to a more peaceful United Nations.

He also said “may what happened in Orlando only underscore the urgency, the imperative. And may that be the work of the next General Assembly, the next President of this body, and every Member State in this room.”

The US diplomat pointed out that the best version of the nations is one that embraces all of the people in it. The same is true for the United Nations, he added.
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