Slovenia against discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity

27/09/2010

Geneva, 17 September 2010 – Slovenia actively participated in a high-level panel discussion concerning an ending of violence and penal sanctions for sexual orientation that was held today as part of the 15th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navanethem Pillay, also participated in the panel discussion. She read a written message from the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, appealing for an end to the criminalization of people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity and called for reform of such national legislation. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, also addressed the participants.

Slovenia expressed its concern about the number of countries that criminally prosecute, molest and stigmatise individuals on account of their sexual orientation and called on countries to end unconditionally all penal sanctions based on sexual orientation. We reaffirmed our conviction that all individuals, regardless of any personal circumstances, are entitled to the full spectrum of human rights. We expressed our support for the activities of the Council of Europe in this field.

Original source: Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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