Poštovane/i,
Obraćamo Vam se vezano za izjavu koju je Republika Norveška iznijela ispred Vijeća za ljudska prava Ujedinjenih naroda, prošlog petka, 01. prosinca 2006. godine, a koja se odnosi na prepoznavanje povreda ljudskih prava koje su temeljene na spolnoj orijentaciji i rodnom identitetu žrtava.
Pohvaljujemo aktivan pristup Ministarstva vanjskih poslova i europskih integracija Republike Hrvatske na naše traženje, u davanju podrške izjavi Republike Norveške. 


Izjava Republike Norveške odnosi se na  najozbiljnije povrede ljudskih prava, kao što su nasilje, mučenje i smrt, koje trpe osobe zbog svoje spolne orijentacije ili rodnog identiteta.

Izjava je dobila podršku 54 zemalja iz cijelog svjeta. To je za sada najveća izjava pri UN-u koja se odnosi na temu spolne orijentacije, te prva izjava vezana za kršenja ljudskih prava osoba na temelju rodnog identiteta. Svakako najimpresivniji dio izjave je bio dug popis zemalja koji ju podržavaju. Predstavnici Republike Norveške su čak su se našalili da je dulje trebalo da se pročita popis zemalja koji podržavaju izjavu, nego sama izjava.

Izjavu je također podržalo preko 400 nevladinih organizacija iz oko 60 zemalja.

Srdačan pozdrav,

Sanja Juras,    
Koordinatorica Lezbijske grupe Kontra                        
Kristijan Grđan,
Koordinator Iskoraka

Bojana Genov,
Koordinatorica Ženske Mreže Hrvatske

RECOGNIZING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION

Norwegian Statement:

I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of the following States:

At its recent session, the Human Rights Council received extensive evidence of human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, including deprivation of the rights to life, freedom from violence and torture.

We commend the attention paid to these issues by the Special Procedures, treaty bodies and civil society.  We call upon all Special Procedures and treaty bodies to continue to integrate consideration of human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity within their relevant mandates.

We express deep concern at these ongoing human rights violations.  The principles of universality and non-discrimination require that these issues be addressed.  We therefore urge the Human Rights Council to pay due attention to human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and request the President of the Council to provide an opportunity, at an appropriate future session of the Council, for a discussion of these important human rights issues.

Background:

Norway will be delivering a short oral statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council recognizing human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Norway is seeking to deliver the statement on behalf of as many States from different regions as possible.  

Numerous UN Special Procedures have identified violations of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, including use of the death penalty, torture, police harassment, violence, rape, beatings and disappearances.  At the second session of the Council, a Member State defended the death penalty by stoning for homosexuality.  Treaty bodies have affirmed the application of international legal protections to those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

The Norwegian statement deals only with the most severe human rights abuses, such as violence, torture and death, directed against people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.  It is not a formal decision or resolution, and will not be subject to a vote.  It creates no new rights, but simply affirms the application of basic human rights standards to those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

The statement is consistent with comments by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, who affirmed in a keynote speech on sexual orientation issues at a Montreal Human Rights Conference on 26 July 2006:  

“Violence against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) persons is frequently unreported, undocumented and goes ultimately unpunished … Excluding LGBT individuals from these protections clearly violates international human rights law as well as the common standards of humanity that define us all.”

The UN Special Rapporteur on Health has also emphasized the importance of addressing human rights violations based on sexual orientation as part of HIV education and prevention efforts.

The statement has already attracted broad support from more than 40 States across 4 regions.  In view of the extensive rights violations identified by the Special Procedures and treaty bodies, we hope you will join the increasing number of States expressing support for these important human rights issues.