CO-CHAIRS’ SUMMARY OF CONCLUSIONS
Testimonies at the Oslo Conference on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (15-16 April 2013), including the regional inputs, have confirmed that persons in all regions are subject to violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. They face multiple barriers in their everyday lives, systematically denying their enjoyment of the fundamental rights to which all human beings are entitled. This is unacceptable.
Based on the conclusions of the report entitled ‘Discriminatory Laws and Practices and Acts of Violence against Individuals based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’ by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, the outcomes of the regional seminars recently held in Kathmandu, Paris and Brasilia, regional inputs from Africa, and the global dialogue in Oslo, which brought together more than 200 participants from 84 countries, we present the following summary of conclusions:
1. We recall the UN Human Rights Council resolution 17/19, and we welcome the report by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights and the ensuing panel discussion that took place in Geneva in March 2012, which have provided a solid foundation on which to build a framework for addressing discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity;
2. We further welcome the regional seminars and express appreciation to the host Governments, and to the States and stakeholders from all regions who have participated constructively in these discussions. We underline the essential role played by civil society in all regions, including human rights defenders working to counter discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity;