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    26th session of the Human Rights Council

    Geneva, 10-27 June 2014

    There are a number of opportunities to raise awareness of human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the upcoming 26th session of the Human Rights Council. These include general debate following the update by the High Commissioner, interactive dialogue with relevant Special Procedures (e.g. on assembly and association, violence against women, and extrajudicial executions), relevant panels, UPR report adoptions and general debate under items 3, 4 or 8. Our advocacy report provides a summary of these opportunities.

    Read more on HRC26

    19th session of the Universal Periodic Review

    Geneva, 14 May 2014

    The 19th UPR session took place from April 28 to May 9. States under review included Norway, Albania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Portugal, Bhutan, Dominica, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Costa Rica, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Qatar, and Nicaragua.

    Download our advocacy document for the session: UPR19 – Suggested Recommendations

    Download our report of the session: UPR19 – SOGI report

    25th session of the Human Rights Council

    Geneva, 4 April 2014

    The 25th session of the Human Rights Council took place from 3 to 28 March 2014. It was a busy four week session with a high level of attention to SOGI issues. The session started with the High Level Segment, followed by interactive dialogues with the High Commissioner and Special Procedures (including on torture, human rights defenders, freedom of religion, and cultural rights), and adoption of reports from the 17th UPR session (countries included Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Israel, Congo, and Malta). The session saw negotiation of a broad range of resolutions, renewal of Special Procedures mandates, and specific focus and awareness raising on SOGI issues through general debates, panels and side events.

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    Download our report of the session: HRC25 Report_ARC2014

    18th session of the Universal Periodic Review

    Geneva, 7 February 2014

    The 18th UPR session took place from January 27 to February 7 2014. States under review included New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Viet Nam, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, Macedonia, Comoros, Slovakia, Eritrea, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, and Cambodia.

    Download our advocacy document for the session: Suggested recommendations SOGI UPR18

    Download our report of the session: SOGI report UPR18

    17th session of the Universal Periodic Review

    Geneva, 4 November 2013

    The 17th UPR session took place from 21 October to 1 November 2013. States under review included Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Israel, Congo, and Malta.

    Download our advocacy document for the session – Suggested recommendations SOGI UPR17

    Download our report of the session – UPR17 report


    Documents
    • 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
      - English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, German

    Meetings and conferences

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    Related News

    - Statement by High Commissioner Navi Pillay to the SOGI Panel at the Human Rights Council, 19th Session.

    - High Commissioner for Human Rights releases new publication on sexual orientation and gender identity in international human rights law.

    - Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity takes place in Kathmandu, Nepal


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