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    • April 28, 2014Universal Periodic Review - 19th session
    • June 2, 2014Annual meeting of Special Procedures
    • June 10, 201426th session of the Human Rights Council
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    25th session of the Human Rights Council

    Geneva, 4 April 2014

    The 25th session of the Human Rights Council took place from 3 to 28 March 2014. It was a busy four week session with a high level of attention to SOGI issues. The session started with the High Level Segment, followed by interactive dialogues with the High Commissioner and Special Procedures (including on torture, human rights defenders, freedom of religion, and cultural rights), and adoption of reports from the 17th UPR session (countries included Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Israel, Congo, and Malta). The session saw negotiation of a broad range of resolutions, renewal of Special Procedures mandates, and specific focus and awareness raising on SOGI issues through general debates, panels and side events.

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    Download our report of the session: HRC25 Report_ARC2014

    18th session of the Universal Periodic Review

    Geneva, 7 February 2014

    The 18th UPR session took place from January 27 to February 7 2014. States under review included New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Viet Nam, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, Macedonia, Comoros, Slovakia, Eritrea, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, and Cambodia.

    Download our advocacy document for the session: Suggested recommendations SOGI UPR18

    Download our report of the session: SOGI report UPR18

    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

    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.

    Download our session report (PDF)

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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


    Documents
    • 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
      - English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, German

    Meetings and conferences

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    Related News

    - Statement by High Commissioner Navi Pillay to the SOGI Panel at the Human Rights Council, 19th Session.

    - High Commissioner for Human Rights releases new publication on sexual orientation and gender identity in international human rights law.

    - Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity takes place in Kathmandu, Nepal


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