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Using the UPR to progress LGBTI rights: activists testimonies

Patricia Curzi, ILGA's UN liaison officer, has interviewed a number of activists regarding their experience working in the frame of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Process.

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17th October 2013 11:28

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Interview with Tanvir Alim: "The Universal Periodic Review and LGBTI Rights in Bangladesh"

Tanvir Alim was welcomed in Geneva by ILGA at the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, where the UPR report of Bangladesh was formally adopted on the 20th September 2013. He was able to present an oral statement on behalf of ILGA and his organization. Previously, (…)

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Interview with Franz Mananga: "The Universal Periodic Review and LGBTI Rights in Cameroon"

Franz Mananga was welcomed in Geneva in May 2013 by Patricia Curzi, from ILGA. They both got in touch with the diplomatic missions so that recommendations relating to sexual orientation and gender identity would be issued as part of the review of his country. Franz and other LGBTI organizations from Cameroon had previously gotten in touch with embassies in Cameroon.

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Interview with Azusa Yamashita: "The Universal Periodic Review and LGBTI Rights: Japan"

Azusa Yamashita is the co-director and editor for Gay Japan News, Japan’s non-commercial LGBTI online news source and advocacy group since 2005. While she works as a full-time university researcher, she has worked to highlight the human rights situation of sexual minorities in Japan through the United Nations human rights mechanisms by submitting NGO input. Azusa was elected alternate co-secretary general of ILGA at the last ILGA world conference in December 2012. An interview by Stephen Barris.

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Interview with Caine Youngman: "The Universal Periodic Review and LGBTI Rights: Botswana"

In January 2013 the UPR 15th session reviewed Botswana and thirteen other countries. The NGOs’ reports had been sent, as it is compulsory, seven months before the review session. Caine Jason Kaene Youngman, a staunch member of LEGABIBO (Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals of Botswana), an ILGA member since 2005, attended the session. Caine is a human rights activist mostly focused on the rights of LGBTIs. He worked as intern for the Department of Social Services of the Government of Botswana in 2009 later spent three months in 2010 in an Applied Research Unit at the Ministry of Local Government. In September 2010 he joined the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law & HIV/AIDS BONELA, a local NGO, where he worked with various organisations defending women’s, children’s, sex workers’ and prisoners’ rights.

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Interview with Belissa Andia Perez: "The Universal Periodic Review and LGBTI Rights: Peru"

Belissa Andia Perez is the founder of the Claveles Rojos Collective and a member of the Runa Institute for Development and Gender Studies. She was the promoter of the ILGA Trans Secretariat and its representative from 2006 to 2010. She currently serves as Program Specialist for transgender people in the program of the 10th Round of the Global Fund; and she is an ardent feminist activist.

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Interview to Rhoda Awino Odhiambo: "The Universal Periodic Review and LGBTI rights: African countries"

Rhoda Awino Odhiambo is a member of the organisation “Minority Women in Action” (MWA).
Minority Women in Action was formed in 2006 with the purpose of advocating for the rights of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LBTI) women in Kenya by engaging with national and international partners. MWA educates and corrects misconceptions on sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition, MWA provides platforms and opportunities for members to build different skills in organizational management, economic empowerment, advocacy on LBTI rights and knowledge in health. In December 2010 at the XXV ILGA World Conference MWA was elected as ILGA Women’s Secretariat. Rhoda defines herself as an activist and a feminist.

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Interview to Pedro Paradiso Sottile: "The Universal Periodic Review and LGBTI rights: Argentina"

Pedro Paradiso Sottile is the Legal coordinator for the Argentina Homosexual Community (Comunidad Homosexual Argentina/ “CHA”). Because of his tireless work to this end, Sottile has been referenced for his knowledge on Argentine LGBTI rights by publications in Argentina, the United States, and Canada, among others. He himself has also published articles regarding the continued fight for complete equality for LGBTI people in Argentina and abroad. He has been an active participant in the International LGBT rights movement and for ILGA specifically, including making a statement with a CHA colleague regarding LGBTI rights on the floor of the UN in Geneva in 2004. He currently serves as the ILGA Latin America & Caribbean regional board secretary and lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Interview to Yuli Rustinawati : "The Universal Periodic Review and LGBTI rights : Indonesia"

Yuli Rustinawati is one of the founders and chairpersons of Arus Pelangi, a national LGBT organization in Indonesia, and one of the national leaders of Forum LGBTIQ Indonesia. She holds a degree in economics and has been a member of the Indonesian Legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI). In 2005, she assisted the ASEAN Network for Free Election as an observer at the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan.

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Interview to Anna Kirey: “The Universal Periodic Review as a new UN Human Rights tool for LGBTI rights: Kyrgyzstan and former Soviet Union countries”

Anna Kirey is an activist from the former Soviet Union who has been in leadership positions in the LGBTI organisation Labrys based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Anna has also been active with women’s organisations and has a keen interest in gender perspective within different social structures. She is currently completing a master’s degree in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Interview to Rowland Jide Macaulay : "The Universal Periodic Review as a new UN Human Rights tool for LGBTI rights: Nigeria and some other African countries"

Rowland Jide Macaulay is a founder and Project Director of the House Of Rainbow Fellowship London and Lagos Nigeria. He was elected a representative of Pan Africa ILGA in 2007 and alternate African representative for ILGA world’s Board. Since 2008 he is the co-representative for Africa at ILGA world’s Board. The primary vision of the fellowship is to reach out and provide support to sexual minorities. British-Nigerian born in London, an ordained minister since 1998, a dynamic and an inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher, holds a degree in law and masters education in theology. Macaulay focuses on inclusion and reconciliation of sexuality, spirituality and human rights. He writes for various Christian and secular Journals, he has won several awards including 2007 Black LGBTI Community Award for "Gay Man of the Year" for his work helping LGBTI people of faith.

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Interview to Kenita Placide : "The Universal Periodic Review as a new UN Human Rights tool for LGBTI rights: Saint Lucia"

Kenita Placide is the co-executive Director of the organisation from St Lucia “United and Strong Inc”, created in 2001. She is an activist and advocate for human rights especially of LGBTI persons in her country and since 2010 the co-secretary general of CARIFLAGS, the Caribbean regional LGBTI network. She has also done advocacy for persons living with HIV as well as participated in programs of HIV prevention. In December 2010 she was elected alternate for the position of ILGA co-secretary general

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