A call to build on #YPplus10 to advance a global understanding of violations affecting persons on grounds of #SOGIESC

Kim Vance has delivered a statement during #HRC38. “We call upon all States which continue to criminalize gender identity and expression and sexual orientation to remove these colonial era laws throughout the Commonwealth, La Francophonie and elsewhere. They have no place in independent sovereign nations and, as you point out in your report, constitute a violation of international law.”

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The Mandate of the IE on SOGI: What has been achieved, what can we expect and how can it be useful?

In this article, Arvind Narrain analyses the mandate of the Independent Expert on SOGI, what the mandate has achieved and what can be expected of the mandate going forward. How the mandate can contribute to the various brave efforts around the world to challenge the status quo and ensure a more secure world for LGBTI persons.

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Defending the UN IE on SOGI

Today the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will hear a report from Thai Human Rights Law Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn, the United Nations Independent Expert on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (IE SOGI) for the first time.To mark this historic event, four human rights organizations released a joint report today detailing the establishment and confirmation of the mandate at the United Nations (UN) over the 2016 UNGA.

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