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
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
Using the UPR to progress LGBTI rights: activists testimonies, ILGA
(Filed by Azusa Yamashita, Gay Japan News, Japan)