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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The Mandate of the SOGI IE: The compelling case for its renewal in 2019

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.

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