HRC44 – Statement urging to address LGBTI human rights violations worldwide

We urged the High Commissioner for Human Rights to address human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics, and to include LGBTI issues specifically in the oral updates and reports on COVID19. It was during 44th session of the Human Rights Council in a joint statement with ILGA World, COC Nederland, ISHR, Outright Action International and RFSL.
We welcomed the recognition by OHCHR of the specific impacts of the COVID19 pandemic on LGBTI persons and the guidance provided to states on how to address this situation, but despite all the efforts and campaigns carried out so far, LGBTI persons continue to have their human rights systematically violated.
Read the statement here.

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187 of organisations call on States to protect LGBTI persons’ human rights in the context of COVID-19 outbreak

ARC International joined a coalition of 187 organisations to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the situation of LGBTI persons and those who defend their rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
In line with the call to action signed by 96 human rights experts, organisations working for the protection of the human rights of persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) globally have urged States and stakeholders to ensure that this public health emergency will neither exacerbate existing misconceptions, prejudices, inequalities or structural barriers, nor lead to increased violence and discrimination against persons with diverse SOGIESC.

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UN renews crucial mandate for protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

In a defining vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert focusing on the protection against violence and discrimination on the basis of  sexual orientation and gender identity.
The resolution was adopted by a vote of 27 in favor, with 7 voting against and 12 abstentions.
The campaign calling on the Council to renew the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on SOGI was supported by 1,312 non-governmental organizations from 174 States and territories.
“This is another historic victory, not only for communities of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, but for humanity as a whole.”

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1312 CSOs from 174 countries urge the Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on SOGI

During the HRC41, 1312 NGOs urged the Human Rights Council to renew this mandate of the Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). The statement signed by 1312 NGOs from 174 countries notices that since 2016, the HRC took definitive action to systematically address abuses on persons because of their real or perceived SOGI, advance positive reforms and share best practices – through regular reporting, constructive dialogue and engagement – and created an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on SOGI sexual orientation and gender identity.

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CALL TO ACTION: Join us urging the HRC to renew the mandate of the IESOGI

Join the CSOs urging the Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity during its 41st session. A decision by Council Members to renew this mandate would send a clear message that violence and discrimination against people of diverse SOGI cannot be tolerated. It would reaffirm that specific, sustained and systematic attention is needed to address these human rights violations and ensure that LGBT people can live a life of dignity.
Click here to sign the statement (in different languages).
#RenewIESOGI

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