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    Welcome to ARC International

    New additions to the ARC team

    ARC International is very pleased to announce two new members of our team. The newly created position of Research and Information Officer will be held by Dodo Karsay, currently living in Berlin, and our Communications Officer position will be held by Mariana Winocur from Buenos Aires, Argentina. 


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    Best wishes for 2016 from ARC International

    ARC International wishes the best of the new year to our partners and friends




    Call for applications: International dialogue 2016

    ARC International and MantiQitna are pleased to circulate this call for applications to: International dialogue on the intersections of culture/tradition with human rights related to gender and sexuality. 

    The Dialogue will take place from February 19-23, 2016. This is the sixth of ARC’s International Dialogues, which bring together activists from around the world to share information, strategies and best practices. Read here the reports of our Dialogues in Brazil, Geneva, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina and Saint Lucia.

    Please see the application forms below in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. 

    Arabic: International dialogue 2016 Application Form

    English: International dialogue 2016 Application Form

    French: International dialogue 2016 Application Form

    Spanish: International dialogue 2016 Application Form

    The Dialogue is open to participants from ALL regions, however, there will be a particular focus on strategies for the MENA region.

    Deadline for applications has been extended to DECEMBER 28, 2015. 



    Job Openings with ARC International

    Since 2003, ARC International has been advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. ARC plays a unique role in facilitating strategic planning around LGBT issues internationally, strengthening global networks, and enhancing access to UN mechanisms. Please visit our website at  for more information about our activities. We currently have two vacancies:

    Job title:                                  Communications Officer

    Job title:                                  Research and Information Officer

    Deadline for application is November 26, 2015. Find details of the job postings here: 2015 Vacancies at ARC International

    ARC International is committed to equality and non-discrimination and affirming diversity in all matters relating to hiring and employment.



    30th Human Rights Council Report

    Geneva,  September 14, 2015 –  October 2, 2015

    The 30th Session of the Human Rights Council did not have a specific focus on LGBTI issues. However a significant step forward in this Council session, was the specific attention paid to transgender and intersex human rights concerns.

    The fact that the High Commissioner mentioned the rights of intersex persons in a wider speech on human rights concerns in the world underscored the gravity of rights violations being faced by intersex persons in all regions of the world. By having separate side events on both intersex and transgender rights, an effort was made to disaggregate the LGBTI acronym and promote a greater education on otherwise marginalized groups and populations.

    LGBTI issues were raised in many spaces indicating the increasing mainstreaming of LGBTI concerns. The increased mainstreaming was accompanied by strong opposition from those states which did not see LGBTI rights as human rights.  In short the polarized debate at the 30 HRC on LGBTI rights continued.

     Read the full report on HRC30 in EnglishFrançais | Español


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    Resolutions, decisions and President’s statements




    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
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    ARC International and its first 10 years:
    Assessing ARC’s contributions to SOGII activism and UN achievements since 2003
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    UN Human Rights Council Resolution 27/32 on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, September 2014
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    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, November 2011
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    UN Human Rights Council Resolution 17/19 on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, June 2011
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    Meetings and conferences

    28th session of the UN Human Rights Council

    59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women/Beijing+20

    See our online calendar of events…

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