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    Will the UN get an expert on sexual orientation and gender identity?

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    Come 30 June 2016 the United Nations Human Rights Council will, in a historic vote, seek to establish the first UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). The role of the expert will be to assess the implementation of international laws to overcome violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The expert is also tasked with raising awareness and addressing root causes of such violations. The annual reports of the expert will bring to light the often invisible, yet brutal infringements of rights suffered by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people in all countries around the world, including India.

    Read full article by Arvind Narrain

    We urge Solomon Islands to ensure that any constitutional reform is inclusive – UPR

    UPR Solomon

    In a statement delivered during the Universal Periodic Review of Solomon Islands, ARC International and Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDN) urged the country to “accept and implement all UPR recommendations and ensure that any constitutional reform is inclusive and in conformity with international law”.

    The statement expresses the “extremely concerned that during your current constitutional reform process, due to end in late 2016, there is proposed language that would specifically exclude “sexual orientation” from constitutional protection. This is extremely dangerous, and in a climate of high rates of violence, to leave our communities vulnerable is unthinkable”.

    Read the full statement

    We urge Palau to develop laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of SOGI and intersex status

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    A statement by ARC International and Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDN) urged Palau to “bring its legislation into conformity with its commitment to equality and non‐discrimination, and its international human rights obligations, by developing anti-discrimination laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and inter sex status. We also recommend that the Human Rights Council urge Palau to develop or support initiatives regarding “hate crimes”, such as legislation, which references sexual orientation and gender identity”.

    Delivered by Joleen Mataele during the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council – Universal Periodic Review of Palau, the statement  also welcomed “the fact that new criminal laws, which came into force at the end of July 2014, no longer criminalize same-sex consensual conduct in Palau”.

    Read the full statement

    Call upon the Commission of Inquiry on Syria to analyze sexual violence against men and boys as a genocide

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    A statement by ARC International during the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council called upon the Commission  of Inquiry on Syria “to analyze the ways in which sexual violence and rape perpetrated against men and boys can constitute both genocide and a crime against humanity”.

    The statement, delivered by Fadi Saleh, also called the Commission “to take forward its pioneering analysis of genocide in the context of the Yazidi community and analyze its applicability to other groups similarly targeted by ISIS including homosexuals, Kurds, Arameans and other ethnic minorities”.

    Read the full statement

    Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: A Necessary Conceptual Framework for Advancing Rights?

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    We share an article by our Geneva Director Arvind Narrain (photo), who evaluates
    what the conceptual framework of SOGI can accomplish and why a sexual rights
    framework while necessary would be inadequate in and of itself.

    This piece will finally argue that we need to see SOGI and sexual rights as
    complementary and intersecting ways of framing violence and discrimination,
    with a victory in one sphere opening out the space in the other.

    Link to the article in English, Spanish and French


    Documents

    How far has SOGII advocacy come at the UN and where is it heading?
    Assessing sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex activism and key developments at the UN 2003–2014
    English | Spanish | French

    ARC International and its first 10 years:
    Assessing ARC’s contributions to SOGII activism and UN achievements since 2003
    English | Spanish | French

    UN Human Rights Council Resolution 27/32 on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, September 2014
    English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian

    Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – Study documenting discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, November 2011
    English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese | German

    UN Human Rights Council Resolution 17/19 on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, June 2011
    English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian


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    28th session of the UN Human Rights Council

    59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women/Beijing+20

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