ONU RENEWS THE CRUCIAL MANDATE OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERT ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY

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IE SOGI, Victor Madrigal-Borloz

 

 

The ONU Human Rights Council once again reaffirms its commitment to combating discrimination and violence based on the SOGI and reminds all States of their obligations to LGBT and gender diverse people.

(Geneva, July 7, 2022) – The United Nations Human Rights Council (CDH) adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. gender (OSIG) for three more years. In a critical vote, the resolution was adopted with 23 voting in favour, 17 voting against and 7 abstaining.

1256 non-governmental organizations from 149 states and territories in all regions supported a campaign to renew the mandate.

 

 

Today’s vote marked the first time that the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution explicitly condemning legislation that criminalizes consensual conduct between people of the same sex and diverse gender identities, and called on states to amend discriminatory legislation and combat OSIG-motivated violence.

“Billions of people continue to live with laws and social attitudes that put them at risk,” said Manisha Dhakal of the Blue Diamond Society in Nepal, speaking on behalf of a global coalition of civil society organizations. “Recognizing that much work remains to be done, the Council once again reaffirmed its commitment to combat OSIG-based discrimination and violence, reminding all States of their obligations towards these communities.”

“The existence of a specific UN human rights mechanism on SOGI-based violence and discrimination is crucial for our communities to be heard globally,” added Carlos Idibouo of Fierté Afrique Francophone (FAF) in Côte d’Ivoire. . “If the world is truly committed to leaving no one behind, it cannot help but address the violence and discrimination we face. Laws that criminalize our identities and actions are unjust and should no longer be tolerated.” Created in 2016 and renewed for the first time in 2019, the Independent Expert mandate has received the support of a growing number of States from all regions. The resolution to create and renew the mandate was introduced by a group of seven Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Uruguay) and was co-sponsored by 60 countries from all regions.

The independent expert evaluates the implementation of the international right of human rights speaking with the States and working in collaboration with other regional and ONU mechanisms to address violence and discrimination. Since 2016, the world has learned more about the impact of the criminalization of consensual relationships between adult persons of the same sex, the need to legally recognize the gender of a person, the barriers to social inclusion, the importance of compiling data related to the life of LGBT people, the damage caused by the calls ‘conversion therapies’, and more. The expert has also shed light on good practices to prevent discrimination and has recently made visits to Argentina, Georgia, Mozambique, Tunisia and Ukraine.

We hope that all governments will fully cooperate with an Independent Expert in this important work to achieve a world free of violence and discrimination for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Delighted to know that the @UN_HRC has just renewed the #IESOGI mandate; as humble and honored as the first day to continue serving individuals, communities and peoples affected by discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

ORGANIZATIONS THAT SIGN THE DECLARATION
  1. APCOM Foundation
  2. Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  3. Campaign for Change
  4. Canadian Labour Congress
  5. Centre for the Development of People
  6. COALIBOL LGBTI
  7. COC Nederland
  8. Coeur Arc-en-ciel
  9. Conurbanes por la Diversidad
  10. Council for Global Equality
  11. Cupe Ontario
  12. Dialogai
  13. Diverlex Diversidad e Igualdad a Través de la Ley
  14. Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality
  15. Edge Effect
  16. Egale Canada
  17. Equal Asia Foundation
  18. ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey
  19. F’INE Pasifika Aotearoa Trust
  20. Fierté Afrique Francophone
  21. FRI – The Norwegian Organisation for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  22. Fundación Diversencia
  23. Fundación Igualdad
  24. Fundación Iguales
  25. GATE – Global Action for Trans Equality
  26. GENDERDOC-M Information Centre
  27. Human Rights Campaign
  28. Human Rights Watch
  29. ILGA Asia
  30. ILGA World, media (at) ilga.org
  31. ILGALAC- Asociación Internacional de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Trans e Intersex para América Latina y el Caribe
  32. International Commission of Jurists
  33. International Family Equality Day
  34. Iranti-NPC
  35. ISHR
  36. Kasbah Tal’fin
  37. Las Reinas Chulas Cabaret y Derechos Humanos AC
  38. Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany LSVD
  39. LGBT Association ‘LIGA’
  40. MANODIVERSA
  41. MSI Reproductive Choices
  42. National LGBT* organization LGL
  43. OPSEU/SEFPO
  44. Organizando Trans Diversidades (Asociación OTD Chile)
  45. OutRight Action International
  46. Pacific Human Rights Initiative
  47. Pan Africa ILGA
  48. Pink human rights defender NGO
  49. Planet Ally
  50. Rainbow Community Kampuchea Organisation (RoCK)
  51. RAM Gender Diversity Movement Trust
  52. Red de Desarrollo Sostenible de Nicaragua
  53. Red de Litigantes LGBTI de las Américas
  54. Red Sin Violencia LGBTI
  55. RFSL
  56. RFSU
  57. Sex og Politikk (IPPF Norway)
  58. Swiss Rainbow Families Organisation
  59. The Global Interfaith Network (GIN-SSOGIE)
  60. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights
  61. Transvanilla Transgender Association
  62. Uganda Key Populations Consortium – UKPC
  63. 1 anonymous organisation

 

 

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