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.Read more
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.
Following a number of advances, promising conversations, and advocacy by the Dignity Network, the Government of Canada has committed, both financially and through concrete actions, to strengthen human rights protections for #LGBTI people around the world. “Canada’s announcement is a welcome step forward but more is needed and Canada is certainly capable of more. We continue to press Canada to both assert and demonstrate leadership with respect to LGBTI rights around the world, through concrete and bold action,”said Kim Vance, EDof ARC International, a Dignity Network Steering Committee member.Read more
As Canada prepares to host the international Equal Rights Coalition Global Conference from August 5-7 in Vancouver, the Dignity Network calls on the government of Canada to transform its verbal commitments into concrete actions to strengthen human rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world.
The Dignity Network brings together more than 20 Canadian civil society organizations to advocate for the rights of LGBTI people in Canada and around the world.
The release of the third report of the Independent Expert on SOGI provides us another opportunity to assess the workings of the mandate. Perhaps the most important thing has been keeping the global spotlight on human rights violations on grounds of SOGI. The latest report highlights the pervasiveness of violence on grounds of SOGI from all corners of the globe. The extent of violence suffered by LGBT persons is a stark reminder of the significant role that the mandate of the Independent Expert on SOGI can continue to play. By Arvind Narrain and Kim Vance.Read more