Intervention de L’Ambassadrice des Pays-Bas, Desirée M.J. Kopmels, Conseil permanent du 2 juillet 2015
I am speaking on behalf of Belgium, Denmark, Luxemburg, Finland, France, Iceland, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and The Netherlands.
We congratulate all Americans on the decision of the Supreme Court that once again underlines that LGBTI rights are human rights, and we thank the US ambassador for bringing up this issue.
The OSCE participating States agreed in Madrid in 2007 to “effectively combat all forms of discrimination”. Similarly, the very first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. These freedoms and rights pertain to all human beings ; not some, not most, but all. All human beings are entitled to equal protection of the law. We believe that promoting tolerance and ensuring fundamental freedoms for all is central to our vision of comprehensive security.
We would like to underline that the universal nature of human rights includes also the responsibility of states to ensure equality, non-discrimination and protection from violence also for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons and all others who may face discrimination on any ground.
In this respect we support the fight for equality and dignity worldwide, which saw another victory last week in the United States. We view the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States as a milestone in achieving equality and combating discrimination.
Thank you Mr. Chairman