In this article, Arvind Narrain analyses the mandate of the Independent Expert on SOGI, what the mandate has achieved and what can be expected of the mandate going forward. How the mandate can contribute to the various brave efforts around the world to challenge the status quo and ensure a more secure world for LGBTI persons.
Once more, ARC International is actively participating at the Commission on the Status of Women. Among other activities, we co-hosted the side event “Human Rights Principles for the treatment of LGBTI rural women and people” with OutRight Action International, and Transgender Europe (TGEU). Throughout the panel, the experts referred to the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10 (YP+10) and how they can be applied to rural LBTI women and people, particularly subjected to human rights violations.
Board and staff have come to the decision to relocate our Geneva Director/Office effective the end of February 201). Arvind Narrain will continue to work as a vital part of our team and will assume a new title of Director of Research and Practice, and be based out of Bangalore, India.
Look for some strong and thought-provoking analysis from him as we move forward.
Once more we would like to share with you some of our latest activities. During these intense months we have been working on updating and expanding Yogyakarta Principles, while participating in different UN spaces to strengthen LGBTI peoples’ human rights. We have launched reports, attended a wide range of conferences, and delivered speeches on SOGIESC.
We take this opportunity to send you our warmest wishes for the holiday season.
ARC’s Executive Director, Kim Vance, delivered a speech on “Human rights education good practices for including people living with disabilities; for including migrants, refugees, newcomers; in promoting equality for the LGBTQI community”.