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Sunil Pant (Blue Diamond Society, Nepal) and Sheherezade Kara of ARC International
LGBTI Activists Using UN System: 5th ILGA Asia 2013 Conference

in THAILAND, 09/04/2013

A training on UN mechanisms took place during the 5th ILGA Asia Conference in bangkok.. Sheherezade Kara of ARC International, facilitator of the session briefed Asian LGBTI activists about the history of sexual orientation and gender identity issues at the UN including General Assembly resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in 2009. She explained different UN human rights mechanisms such as Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review and special procedures where LGBTI activists could be engaged.

Participants were divided into small groups. Among some twenty participants, most of them seemed to have some sort of experiences with UN system. UPR was the most popular. Groups exchanged their experiences at the UN, successes and challenges. 

Sheherezade responded to questions and comments by participants.

Later in the session, UPR was focused. UPR is a new mechanism of the UN which started in 2008. In the mechanism, the human rights practices of all UN member states are reviewed once every four years. Sheherazade walked the participants through what UPR was, how the system worked and what LGBTI activists could do with it.

Those who are interested to know more about UPR, following pages will help you.

Universal Periodic Review, ARC International
http://arc-international.net/global-advocacy/universal-periodic-review

UPR Info
http://www.upr-info.org/

I shared my experiences engaging with UPR from NGO report submission, being at the UN in Geneva and to domestic lobbying for implementation. International organizations like ILGA and ARC International help LGBTI activists being engaged with UPR. More LGBTI activists are making use of the UN mechanisms. Most important in the process, the session stressed was implementation back home.

Working at the UN, ILGA
http://ilga.org/ilga/en/article/mwRtf9j1gW

Using the UPR to progress LGBTI rights: activists testimonies, ILGA
http://ilga.org/ilga/en/article/nsKSZ961xx

(Filed by Azusa Yamashita, Gay Japan News, Japan) 

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