Mark backs appointment of UN expert to protect people from violence based on their sexual orientation

8th November 2016
Mark backs the appointment of a UN independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Is it not the case that the UN expert is being appointed to protect individuals in many countries from violence based on their sexual orientation? He is not being appointed to promote or to take a particular view on sexual orientation in those countries. It will be a dark day for the United Nations if it turns its face away from somebody who is trying to protect those who should have the same rights that we enjoy in this country.
My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The appointment is about protecting principles as he has described. How anyone can wish to challenge that is quite beyond me.

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