25th session of the Human Rights Council
Geneva, 19 February 2014
The 25th session of the Human Rights Council will take place from 3 to 28 March 2014. No SOGI resolution is anticipated at this session, as the lead sponsor South Africa has indicated its wish to first focus on an African regional seminar (for which dates have yet to be announced). Nonetheless, the four week session is again expected to be busy, starting with the High Level Segment, followed by interactive dialogues with the High Commissioner and Special Procedures (including on torture, human rights defenders, freedom of religion, and cultural rights), and adoption of reports from the 17th UPR session (countries include Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Israel, Congo, and Malta). The session will also see negotiation of a broad range of resolutions, appointment of new Special Procedure mandate-holders, including on human rights defenders, opportunities to highlight thematic and country-specific issues of concern through general debate, and awareness-raising through a number of relevant side events.
18th session of the Universal Periodic Review
Geneva, 7 February 2014
The 18th UPR session took place from January 27 to February 7 2014. States under review included New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Viet Nam, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, Macedonia, Comoros, Slovakia, Eritrea, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, and Cambodia.
Download our advocacy document for the session: Suggested recommendations SOGI UPR18
Download our report of the session: SOGI report UPR18
17th session of the Universal Periodic Review
Geneva, 4 November 2013
The 17th UPR session took place from 21 October to 1 November 2013. States under review included Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Israel, Congo, and Malta.
Download our advocacy document for the session – Suggested recommendations SOGI UPR17
Download our report of the session – UPR17 report
24th session of the Human Rights Council
Geneva, 9 – 27 September 2013
The 24th session of the Human Rights Council ran from 9-27 September 2013. Although there were no specific initiatives at the formal session on sexual orientation and gender identity, many relevant issues were on the table including dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the annual discussion on gender integration, general debates providing chances to raise human rights situations of concern, and to comment on the new “traditional values” report, UPR adoptions, resolutions and side events.
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The Time Has Come
Première of a new UN documentary
Geneva, 5 June, 2013
ARC International and ILGA held a side event at the Human Rights Council titled “Voices of human rights defenders from around the world on sexual orientation and gender identity” on 5th June 2013. The event featured the première screening of ARC’s 30 minute video documentary filmed at the recent SOGI regional seminars and in countries around the world to gather testimonies and perspectives of human rights defenders based on their experiences and their expectations for next steps related to human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity at the UN. The side event was co-sponsored by the missions of Brazil, France, Norway, Poland and South Africa, and was well attended by States, NGOs and UN representatives.
The documentary is available at www.vimeo.com/arcinternational/thetimehascome