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    In Defence of Universal Human Rights

    Narrain (centre) on the panel exploring the universality of human rights at UN. Photo courtesy Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV)

    Narrain (centre) on the panel exploring the universality of human rights at UN. Photo courtesy Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV)

    ARC’s Geneva Director Arvind Narrain explores the universality of human rights in the following presentation. The three theses in defence of human rights, was presented to  the side event on the topic organised by the Association for Women’s Rights in Development. The event on June 17, 2015 was staged as part of the annual full day discussion on the human rights of women, and the interactive dialogues with the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and the Working Group on Discrimination against Women during the 29th session of the Council.

     

    Read Narrain’s full presentation “In Defence of Human Rights”

    Full Bulletin of informal meetings held in parallel to the session.

     

    Joint statement on the report of the Special Rapporteur on Health

    ARC International and the International Lesbian and Gay Association issued a joint statement on the right to health, during an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to health at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council.

    Read the full text of the report… 

    Koana Saowakun reads the statement on the right on health

    Koana Saowakun reads the statement on the right on health (photo courtesy ILGA)

    Joint statement on the report the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women

    During the full day discussion on the human rights of women at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council, ARC International and ILGA with COC Netherlands, and RFSL delivered a joint statement on the report by the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women.

    “The Working Group’s report is groundbreaking in its explicit reference to family diversity and its link to gender discrimination,” it states, “The report did not suggest the creation of any new categories of rights. It did not need to.”

    Read the full statement here..

     

    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

    Accreditation

    NGO participation

    NHRI participation

    Room reservation for parallel events

    Resolutions, decisions and President’s statements

    Documentation

     

     

    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…


    Documents

    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
    English | Spanish | French

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

    UN Human Rights Council Resolution 27/32 on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, September 2014
    English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian

    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
    English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese | German

    UN Human Rights Council Resolution 17/19 on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, June 2011
    English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian


    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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