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    SOGI Victory at the Human Rights Council

    Top UN human rights body condemns violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

    Geneva, September 26, 2014

    The United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on combatting violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity adopted today is a critically important achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, said 25 human rights groups. The resolution follows up on the resolution adopted three years ago in June 2011, when the Council passed the first ever UN resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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    ARC granted ECOSOC status

    Halifax, 15 July 2014

    It’s official! ECOSOC grants ARC UN consultative status. We look forward to further supporting NGO friends to advance LGBTI rights.

    Thanks to the International Service for Human Rights, which helped us navigate the ECOSOC application system, and to Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and ILGA-Europe for lending us their UN accreditation all these years!

    26th session of the Human Rights Council

    Geneva, 10-27 June 2014

    Human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and intersex status were raised throughout the  26th session of the Human Rights Council. Statements were made during various agenda items including general debate following the update by the High Commissioner, interactive dialogue with relevant Special Procedures (e.g. on assembly and association, violence against women, and migrants), relevant panels, UPR report adoptions and general debate under items 3, 4 and 8.

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    19th session of the Universal Periodic Review

    Geneva, 14 May 2014

    The 19th UPR session took place from April 28 to May 9. States under review included Norway, Albania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Portugal, Bhutan, Dominica, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Costa Rica, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Qatar, and Nicaragua.

    Download our advocacy document for the session: UPR19 – Suggested Recommendations

    Download our report of the session: UPR19 – SOGI report

    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


    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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