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    December 2014

    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




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




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    20th session of the Universal Periodic Review

    Geneva, 13 November 2014

    The 20th UPR session took place from 27 October to 7 November 2014. States under review included Italy, El Salvador, Gambia, Bolivia, Fiji, San Marino, Kazakhstan, Angola, Iran, Madagascar, Iraq, Slovenia, Egypt, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

    Download our advocacy document for the session: UPR20 – Suggested SOGI-related recommendations

    Download our report of the session: UPR20 report

    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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    More on HRC27

    Download our report on HRC27 (PDF)

    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.

    Read more on HRC26

    • 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

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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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