17th session of the Universal Periodic Review
Geneva, 4 November 2013
The 17th UPR session took place from 21 October to 1 November 2013. States under review included Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Israel, Congo, and Malta.
Download our advocacy document for the session – Suggested recommendations SOGI UPR17
Download our report of the session – UPR17 report
Geneva, 8 October 2013
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24th session of the Human Rights Council
Geneva, 9 – 27 September 2013
The 24th session of the Human Rights Council ran from 9-27 September 2013. Although there were no specific initiatives at the formal session on sexual orientation and gender identity, many relevant issues were on the table including dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the annual discussion on gender integration, general debates providing chances to raise human rights situations of concern, and to comment on the new “traditional values” report, UPR adoptions, resolutions and side events.
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The Time Has Come
Première of a new UN documentary
Geneva, 5 June, 2013
ARC International and ILGA held a side event at the Human Rights Council titled “Voices of human rights defenders from around the world on sexual orientation and gender identity” on 5th June 2013. The event featured the première screening of ARC’s 30 minute video documentary filmed at the recent SOGI regional seminars and in countries around the world to gather testimonies and perspectives of human rights defenders based on their experiences and their expectations for next steps related to human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity at the UN. The side event was co-sponsored by the missions of Brazil, France, Norway, Poland and South Africa, and was well attended by States, NGOs and UN representatives.
The documentary is available at www.vimeo.com/arcinternational/thetimehascome
23rd session of the Human Rights Council
Geneva, 27 May to 14 June, 2013
There are a number of opportunities to raise awareness of human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the upcoming 23rd session of the Human Rights Council. These include general debate following the update by the High Commissioner, interactive dialogue with relevant Special Procedures (e.g. on violence against women, health and extrajudicial executions), relevant panels, UPR report adoptions, and general debate under items 3, 4 or 8.
It is not yet known whether South Africa will present a follow-up to resolution 17/19 on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Advocacy document: Addressing sexual orientation and gender identity at HRC23