ARC reports on the 29th session of the Human Rights Council
Geneva, July 23, 2014
The highlight of the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council from June 15 – July 3, 2015, where LGBTI issues are concerned, was the release of the Report of the High Commissioner on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Report, which polarized state opinion, has the potential for becoming an important tool for global as well as regional and national advocacy.
The increasing mainstreaming of the rights of LGBTI persons was reflected in the fact that that as in previous sessions, LGBTI issues found mention in the Reports of many Special Rapporteurs including the Special Rapporteurs on the right to heath, and the protection of human rights during counter terrorism, as well as in state and civil society responses to the same.
Read on for our analysis on the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council: Denying the rights of persons based on sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status challenges the universality of human rights….Read more on HRC29
417 NGOs support SOGIEI statement to Human Rights Council
Danish Sheikh delivers the statement on SOGIEI at HRC29
Allied Rainbow Communities International joined 417 NGOs from 105 countries to send a strong message to the United Nations (UN) to address discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or intersex status (SOGIEI). ARC International was one of13 co-sponsoring NGOs of the statement delivered by Danish Sheikh at the 29th UN Human Rights Council on 29 June 2015.
The statement welcomed the resolution passed in September and recent report of the OHCHR. It noted however that violations on the basis of SOGII are systemic and require systemic responses.
Read the full statement and the list of signatories here. (aussi en Français; tambien en español)
You can watch the video here.
In Defence of Universal Human Rights
Narrain (centre) on the panel exploring the universality of human rights at UN. Photo courtesy Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV)
ARC’s Geneva Director Arvind Narrain explores the universality of human rights in the following presentation. The three theses in defence of human rights, was presented to the side event on the topic organised by the Association for Women’s Rights in Development. The event on June 17, 2015 was staged as part of the annual full day discussion on the human rights of women, and the interactive dialogues with the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and the Working Group on Discrimination against Women during the 29th session of the Council.
Read Narrain’s full presentation “In Defence of Human Rights”
Full Bulletin of informal meetings held in parallel to the session.
Joint statement on the report of the Special Rapporteur on Health
ARC International and the International Lesbian and Gay Association issued a joint statement on the right to health, during an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to health at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council.
Read the full text of the report…
Koana Saowakun reads the statement on the right on health (photo courtesy ILGA)
Joint statement on the report the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women
During the full day discussion on the human rights of women at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council, ARC International and ILGA with COC Netherlands, and RFSL delivered a joint statement on the report by the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women.
“The Working Group’s report is groundbreaking in its explicit reference to family diversity and its link to gender discrimination,” it states, “The report did not suggest the creation of any new categories of rights. It did not need to.”
Read the full statement here..