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    Welcome to ARC International

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    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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    ARC Statements: 30th regular session of the Human Rights Council

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    As the 30th session of the Human Rights Council was convened from 14 September to 2 October 2015, ARC International and advocacy partners ensured sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and intersex issues were brought to the floor.  Among the statements at HRC30 were:

    Joint NGO statement on LGBTI defenders delivered by the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) on 28 September.

    Statement on the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, prepared in close consultation with Muslims for Progressive Values.

    Joint statement with the International Lesbian and Gay Association to the interactive dialogue with the WG on Arbitrary Detention.


    Our Voices, our Communities, our Rights; Report on the Pacific LGBTQI Human Rights Conference

    A visible show of support from Her Royal Highness Honourable Salote Lupepau’u Tuita Taione (Tongan Royal family), contrasted with open protests from anti-gay factions as LGBTQI organised groups convened the Pacific LGBTQI Human Rights Conference in May this year. Co‑organized by the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDN), Diverse Voices for Action and Equality (DIVA) and ARC International (ARC), the conference was hosted by the Tonga Leiti Association (TLA) in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

    A report on the conference, “Our Voices, our Communities, our Rights: Advancing Human Rights related to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression in the Pacific” is now available online.

    Attended by 96 people, including participants from 12 different Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), the conference objectives include connecting people and LGBTQI organised groups across the Pacific region and educating activists about international human rights law, recent international developments and agreed principles such as the Yogyakarta Principles.

    Through panel presentations, discussions and plenaries, the Pacific LGBTQI Human Rights Conference saw a significant LGBTQI dialogue on Pacific society, culture and tradition. The sessions explored topics that includes

    • SOGIE invisibility, discrimination, and advancing positive changes in law and in practice;
    • Ethics, Spirituality, Religion: Sharing Pacific LGBTQI personal, group and national experiences
    • Human Rights, Sexual Rights and Development: Engaging Regional and International Mechanisms
    • Health and Wellbeing in the Pacific

    Pacific activists convene

    The report documents the extensive discussion and the recommendations coming out of the sessions under several general headings of health, youth, security, movement building, monitoring and research. Read more in-depth analysis of the discussion here.

    There was strong exhortation to groups in the region to develop strong and holistic positions on health and wellbeing that includes language on sexual and reproductive rights and health and the environment and foster youth leadership positions within their organisations.

    Delegates identified the need to address the lack of proper sex education and bullying in schools, to monitor human rights abuses towards LGBTQI in the region and to sensitise police about LGBTQI and SOGI human rights as an immediate priority.

    It is vital, delegates asserted, to have Pacific-focused and ­led dialogue about local LGBTQI human rights abuses and discrimination and produce region-­specific research.

    Read the full recommendations of the Pacific Regional Human Rights Conference 2015 here.


    ARC reports on the 29th session of the Human Rights Council

    Geneva, July 23, 2015

    The highlight of the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council from June 15 – July 3, 2015, where LGBTI issues are concerned, was the release of the Report of the High Commissioner on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Report, which polarized state opinion, has the potential for becoming an important tool for global as well as regional and national advocacy.

    The increasing mainstreaming of the rights of LGBTI persons was reflected in the fact that that as in previous sessions, LGBTI issues found mention in the Reports of many Special Rapporteurs including the Special Rapporteurs on the right to heath, and the protection of human rights during counter terrorism, as well as in state and civil society responses to the same.

    Read on for our analysis on the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council: Denying the rights of persons based on sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status challenges the universality of human rights….Read more on HRC29


    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
    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
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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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