ADF International sees no grounds for establishing ‘Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’
GENEVA – On Monday, 27 June 2016, ADF International expressed its views on a tabled resolution concerning the installment of an “Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity” during the General Debate at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council. While ADF International strongly condemns violence against, or mistreatment of, any person for any reason, this draft represents a number of worrying implications that must be addressed.
ADF International strongly condemns violence against, or mistreatment of, any person for any reason
“ADF International strongly condemns violence against, or mistreatment of, any person for any reason. However, the tabled resolution provides no clear definition of ‘discrimination’ and is wide open to abuse. One of the biggest threats to religious freedom in Western nations comes from the so-called nondiscrimination laws that this new ‘SOGI Expert’ will undoubtedly promote in nations that do not want them,” said Rubén Navarro, Senior UN Counsel for ADF International.
“International law rightly guarantees equal protection before the law to all people but there is no consensus among Member States on the terms ‘sexual orientation and gender identity.’ Installing an Independent Expert to focus exclusively on an issue that lacks consensus contradicts the views and interests of many Member States.”
Navarro continued: “In the UN system Member States are the rightful drivers of the UN agenda. This resolution would violate the will of many Members who do not wish to see UN time and funding directed towards a largely political agenda that undermines national laws on marriage and the family. Issues concerning ‘sexual orientation and gender identity’ should remain within the purview of each Member State’s domestic legal order.”