No Challenge in UN Third Committee on the Renewal of Independent Expert on SOGI

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution presenting the Annual Report of the Human Rights Council today without challenge to the extension of the mandate of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IE SOGI).
In 2016 when the mandate was created, an amendment challenging it was tabled at  the Third Committee. This year, a record-high number of States supported the renewal of the mandate at the Human Rights Council in July, and the mandate was not challenged in the Third Committee. This is a clear indication that the international community is becoming both more aware and less tolerant of violence and discrimination on the basis of SOGI.

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Negation, Acknowledgement … The Third Report of the #IESOGI

The release of the third report of the Independent Expert on SOGI provides us another opportunity to assess the workings of the mandate. Perhaps the most important thing has been keeping the global spotlight on human rights violations on grounds of SOGI. The latest report highlights the pervasiveness of violence on grounds of SOGI from all corners of the globe. The extent of violence suffered by LGBT persons is a stark reminder of the significant role that the mandate of the Independent Expert on SOGI can continue to play. By Arvind Narrain and Kim Vance.

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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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