The Special Procedures system is made up of experts, usually titled Special Rapporteurs, assigned to investigate and report on the realization of certain rights around the world, or in specific countries. Over the past decade they have become one of the most effective international instruments for confronting violations of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) people. Amongst other examples they have taken action against killings, violence, deprivation of liberty, denials of the rights of freedom of expression and association, as well as discrimination in access to public services on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. Often their independence allows them to shine a light on issues that are otherwise deemed too politically ‘sensitive’ for discussion at the international level. The Special Procedures have therefore proved themselves to be of considerable value to LGBTI activists.
Through these pages you can explore by date to find out how the United Nations Special Procedures mandate holders have engaged with issues of human rights relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.
For a Guide to working with the UN Special Procedures to advance LGBTI Issues, see ARC’s Guide to the Special Procedures
You can find out more information about the Special Procedures at the UN website.