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In Saudi Arabia, a member of this Council, women and girls continue to face systematic discrimination in law and practice. We strongly urge the Government to accelerate reform efforts to ensure their effective participation in elections and to abolish the male guardianship system. We also express deep concern on the situation of women human rights defenders, including Samar Badawi, who are routinely banned from travelling, harassed and arbitrarily detained by Saudi authorities. These women are a source of strength and stability, not a threat!
Human rights abuses against the LGBTI community, pervasive in all regions of the world, continue to be tragically reinforced by discriminatory legislation and practices condoned by States. We urge all 76 UN Member States that still retain laws used to criminalize, stigmatize and harass people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity to abolish them without delay.
Finally, in Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslim minority continues to face statelessness and systematic discrimination. We strongly urge the new Government of Myanmar to address the situation in accordance with its international obligations and we look forward to the High Commissioner’s report on this issue next week.