Davíð Logi Sigurðsson, deildarstjóri, ávarpaði ríkin sem eru í framboði til setu í mannréttindaráði Sameinuðu þjóðanna á sérstökum hliðarviðburði sem haldinn var höfuðstöðvum Sameinuðu þjóðanna í Genf í dag og spurði þau hvernig þau hygðust, sem aðildarríki mannréttindaráðsins, vinna að réttindum hinsegin fólks (LGBTI). Kosið verður til ráðsins í New York í október. Tólf ríki mættu til fundarins; Armenía, Brasilía, Holland, Indónesía, Írak, Japan, Marshall-eyjar, Márítanía, Moldóva, Pólland, Suður-Kórea, Þýskaland. Líbýa, Súdan og Venesúela mættu ekki til viðburðarins.
Pledging event for HRC candidate countries
11 September 2019
- Let me begin by thanking the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and Amnesty International, as well as the co-sponsors, Denmark, Fiji and the Czech Republic, for organizing this important event and create the opportunity for dialogue with candidates to the Council.
- Iceland supports this exercise fully and participated in a pledging event last year.
- I would also like to thank all the candidates here today and for presenting their vision for Council membership.
- From our perspective, it is essential that candidates for Council membership show clear commitment to upholding “the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights” as is stated in the founding resolution of the Council and that they be ready to face increased scrutiny during their membership Participating in today´s event is an important first step in this regard.
- Mr./Madam Chair,
- We believe that human rights are universal. They must apply equally to all people, in all places, and at all times, and that includes the human rights of LGTBI individuals.
- Over the past years, we have seen important progress made towards the respect of the rights of LGBTI individuals , a topic that Iceland made a priority during its membership of the Human Rights Council.
- We would therefore like to ask the candidates how they intend to use their membership to promote the rights of LGBTI individuals?.
I thank you.