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    ARC reports on the 28th session of the Human Rights Council

    Geneva, 2 – 27 March 2015

    Overview of the Session

    The 28th session of the Human Rights Council followed the historic 27th session in which a resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity was passed for only the second time in its history.  

    The 28th session built upon the achievements of the previous session by both states and NGOs referencing the historic resolution. (A/HRC/27/32)The 28th session was marked by supportive state interventions on LGBTI issues wherein the opportunities provided by the various sessions of the Human Rights Council were used to reiterate and reinforce their commitment. The states which were non supportive, marked their position either by denying that LGBTI people came within the framework of protection offered by international human rights law or by being generally silent with respect to the rights of LGBTI persons.

    Download our comprehensive report of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council.   


     Download our report on addressing SOGII at HRC 28  



    UN Links

    Official HRC28 Page

    Programme of work

    Order of the day

    Bulletin of informal meetings


    NGO participation

    NHRI participation

    Room reservation for parallel events

    Resolutions, decisions and President’s statements




    Exploring “Paragraph 96 and beyond” at CSW59

    New York, 13 March 2015

    On March 10, over fifty (50) people from all over the globe attended a panel at the UN Commission on the Status of Women​, sponsored by ARC, ILGA ​ and COC Nederland​. Panelists offered historical accounts and research examining the impact of the Beijing Platform for Action within various UN fora, and on the lived realities of LBTI people across the globe.

    Read about the presentation by ARC International’s Executive Director, Kim Vance here…

    ARC Joins Civil Society Reaction to Political Statement of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women

    March 2015, New York

    ARC International has added its voice to the following CSO statement in reaction to the political statement of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations. The sign-on will remain open for the duration of the CSW.  Follow the link to add your signature to strengthen the statement. CSW59 Civil Society Statement



    A warm welcome to ARC’s new team members!

    Halifax, 03rd March, 2015

    ARC International is very excited to announce two new members of our team. The newly created position of Geneva Director will be held by Arvind Narrain from Bangalore, India, and our new Communications Officer position will be held by Maria Fontenelle from Gros Islet, Saint Lucia.

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    ARC restructure plan

    Halifax, 13th January, 2015

    The beginning of a new year can provide an opportunity for reflection and consideration of new opportunities and personal and professional growth. This is exactly the moment for ARC International to engage in such a process. The current Staff Team, along with the Board of Directors, have crafted a restructure plan for the organization.This restructuring means that we will shift some of our emphasis away from direct advocacy to implementation of international standards. We will also be recruiting for two new positions, a Geneva Director and a Communications Officer (part time).

    For more details about ARC’s restructure plan, including staff changes, please click here.

    To view our vacancy announcements (and share them with your networks!) please visit this page.


    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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