This article by Arvind Narrain makes the case for why the mandate of the Independent Expert on SOGI must be renewed based on an analysis of the work of the Independent Expert in three areas, namely country visits, sending letters of allegation to individual countries and producing thematic reports on SOGI issues. The analysis of these three areas of work reveals that the Independent Expert on SOGI has become a vital element in the defence of the rights of the LGBT community worldwide and a failure to renew the mandate would be a huge setback to the LGBTI struggle.
These have been very busy months for ARC’s staff. We have been participating and advocating for LGBTI rights in different spaces within the UN, regional networks and organizations worldwide.
We also delivered trainings to strengthen NGO capacities and have been actively working to make our SOGIESC network stronger each day.
We are pleased to share with you some of our latest activities.
In his recent blog post, Arvind Narrain makes a good point about what is happening in Myanmar regarding LGBT movement and Section 377 of the Myanmar Penal Code. In his recent blog post he notices that “In Myanmar, the LGBT movement is beginning to take root, after a long history of military rule. The reforms which began in 2010 themselves were the result of sustained protest resulted in the freeing of some controls and the release of political prisoners. This has created some space for civil society, including LGBT groups.”
Great news from Canada. The Government has announced new funds in support of LGBTIQ2 rights. The new commitment of $30 million is a dedicated funding over five years, followed by $10 million per year to advance human rights and improve socio-economic outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex , queer and 2-spirited people (LGBTIQ2) people in developing countries.
ARC ED, Kim Vance-Mubanga was in Ottawa during Canada’s announcement of this fund for Canadian groups and international partners to work on LGBTIQ2 issues in developing countries.
The repeal of Indian Penal Code Section 377 that criminalized homosexuality in India is constitutional morality being used by courts to help transform society, says Arvind Narrain as he analyses the verdict. His words may help activists think how to take forward the ideas of the judgement.