187 of organisations call on States to protect LGBTI persons’ human rights in the context of COVID-19 outbreak

ARC International joined a coalition of 187 organisations to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the situation of LGBTI persons and those who defend their rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
In line with the call to action signed by 96 human rights experts, organisations working for the protection of the human rights of persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) globally have urged States and stakeholders to ensure that this public health emergency will neither exacerbate existing misconceptions, prejudices, inequalities or structural barriers, nor lead to increased violence and discrimination against persons with diverse SOGIESC.

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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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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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