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    Report on the 31st session of the Human Rights Council

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    We are pleased to share with you ARC’s Report on the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, held from February 29 to March 24.

    The 31st Session of the Human Rights Council provided us an opportunity to think of the issue of discrimination and violence faced by LGBTI people from an intersectional lens.

    Perhaps the sharpest light on SOGI being a part of a mainstream human rights issue came up in the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Torture who made the analysis of torture on the basis of SOGI a key part of his Report.

    The resolutions on human rights defenders and Palestine also provided opportunities for adopting an intersectional perspective. The other highlights were the implications of the resolution on Syria and the resolution on the family for SOGI rights.

    Please, check out the link to the Report

    LGBTI Istanbul Dialogue

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    Listen to the voices of LGBTI human rights defenders. They met in Istanbul for an International Dialogue on the intersections of culture/tradition with human rights related to gender and sexuality.

    Co-organized by ARC International and MantiQitna Network, this meeting allowed people to share experiences in advocating human rights related to LGBTI persons as well as strengthened knowledge on monitoring, documenting and reporting LGBTI-related human rights violations.

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    Call on Saint Kitts and Nevis to guarantee non discrimination against persons on the basis of health, gender, disability and sexual orientation

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    We welcome the Saint Kitts and Nevis government’s acceptance of the recommendation to ratify the ICCPR and ICESCR, including the optional protocols. This is a positive step towards ensuring the country is fully compliant with international standards”.

    “However Saint Kitts and Nevis has disappointingly only ‘noted’ all recommendations calling on the repeal of law to decriminalize same sex sexual activity between consenting adults and penal provisions that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people which also includes prohibition of discrimination on any basis inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity”.

    ARC International made this statement joined by International Lesbian and Gay Association in collaboration with the Saint Kitts Alliance for Equality, United and Strong Inc and CariFLAGS, during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council.

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    ARC International and MantiQitna urge the Human Right Council understand specificity of the violations that LGBTIQ Syrians face

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    During the Interactive Dialogue on the findings of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, MantiQitna and ARC International urged  the Human Rights Council to “understand the specificity of the violations that LGBTIQ Syrians face and to address them in a sensitive and timely manner thereby ensuring that their rights are protected”.

    In a statement delivered during th 31st session of the HRC, ARC and MantiQitna also urged “all States to fulfill their obligations towards protecting Syrian LGBTIQ refugees in accordance with international law”.

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    ARC International raises concern about rights of women & LGBTI in Iran during HRC31


    “Iran must repeal the slew of laws which seek to imprison sexual and gender diversity within the iron cage of a man made artificially imposed binary two gender system”, said ARC’s Geneva Director Arvind Narrain during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, during the 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council,

    Accepting the norm of equality of all people regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression would be in conformity with the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which is a bedrock principle of human rights by which all nations are bound”, he added. 

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    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

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