Latest Special Procedures communication report


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This page details Special Procedures' communications report to the UN Human Rights Council.

Human Rights Council sessions:
40 (February-March 2019)
39 (September 2018)
38 (June-July 2018)
37 (March 2018)

Click on the number and period of session below to access all the information you need.

 

40th Human Rights Council (February-March 2019)

The Special Procedures latest communications report to the 40th session of the Human Rights Council provides summaries of communications for the period 1 June to 30 November 2018, and replies received from governments until 31 January 2019.

12 communications related to SOGIESC:

  • Malaysia (criminalization of consensual sexual relations between adults and the application of punishments for such acts)
  • Armenia (homophobic and transphobic hate speech and the violent attacks)
  • Kazakhstan (draft by-laws which prohibit the distribution of information on LGBT people to children)
  • Honduras (cases of attempted murder, harassment, assault and death threats, theft of security cameras, rape and intimidation and persecution of LGBTI defenders)
  • Romania (the use of force against protestors and the constitutional referendum to change the definition of family)
  • Kenya (violence, harassment and discrimination LGBT refugees living in Kenya and their arbitrary arrests, detention, and ill-treatment)
  • Other actors (violence, harassment and discrimination LGBT refugees living in Kenya and their arbitrary arrests, detention, and ill-treatment)
  • Turkey (ban on public LGBTI-related gatherings or events)
  • Guatemala (a bill which has serious inconsistencies with international human rights standards affecting in particular the rights of LGBTI people)
  • United States (death threats, acts of violence and intimidation, harassment, and discrimination against a transgender activist)
  • United States (allegations that a gay man on death row in South Dakota, had been sentenced to death as the result of an anti-gay bias shared by the jurors and inadequate legal assistance offered to him by his counsel)
  • Tanzania (infringements on the right to life, the right to freedom of expression, as well as the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association)

 All the communications made by the Independent Expert on SOGI together with other mandate holders.

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Malaysia

Sexual orientation and gender identity; torture; violence against women; women in law and in practice

Information received concerning the criminalization of consensual sexual relations between adults and the application of punishments for such acts that are contrary to the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Armenia

Freedom of opinion and expression; human rights defenders; sexual orientation and gender identity

Information received concerning homophobic and transphobic hate speech and the violent attacks on nine people, including Robert Karapetyan, Arayik Beybutyan, Rima Sardaryan, Anna Baghramyan, Elvira Meliksetyan, Hayk Hakobyan, and Anush Gabrielyan, amongst them lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) human rights defenders.

Kazakhstan

Freedom of opinion and expression; health; human rights defenders; sexual orientation and gender identity

Information received concerning the drafting of a discriminatory and stigmatizing by-law which prohibits the distribution of information on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people to children, violating the right of access to information and freedom of expression.

See Reply received

Honduras

Executions; human rights defenders; sexual orientation and gender identity; women in law and in practice

Information received regarding recent cases of attempted murder; harassment, assault and death threats; theft of security cameras; rape and intimidation and persecution of the leader of the trans women's group Las Muñecas de Arcoíris, and members of the Center for Development and LGBTI Cooperation ("Somos CDC").

Romania

Freedom of opinion and expression; human rights defenders; sexual orientation and gender identity

Information received concerning the use of force against protestors and the constitutional referendum to change the definition of family, raising concern about the protection for the exercise of fundamental rights in Romania.

See Reply received

Kenya

Arbitrary Detention; health; migrants; sexual orientation and gender identity; torture; water and sanitation

Information received concerning allegations of acts of violence, harassment and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) refugees living in Kenya and their arbitrary arrests, detention, and ill-treatment. Allegations received also pertain to the lack of access to food and other basic necessities by the refugees while in detention and in Kakuma camp, as well as to the lack of appropriate access to HIV/AIDS-related prevention and care.

Other actors [UNHCR]

Arbitrary Detention; health; migrants; sexual orientation and gender identity; torture; water and sanitation

Information received concerning allegations of acts of violence, harassment, and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) refugees living in Kenya and their arbitrary arrests, detention, and ill-treatment. Allegations received also pertain to the lack of access to food and other basic necessities by the refugees while in detention and in Kakuma camp, as well as to the lack of appropriate access to HIV/AIDS-related prevention and care.

See Reply received

Turkey

Freedom of opinion and expression; freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; human rights defenders; sexual orientation and gender identity; terrorism

Information received concerning the indefinite ban on public LGBTI-related gatherings or events by the Governor of Ankara.

See Reply received

Guatemala

Health; sexual orientation and gender identity; women in law and in practice

Information received regarding the early adoption of Bill 5272 (Law for the Protection of Life and Family), which has serious inconsistencies with international human rights standards affecting in particular the rights of women, girls and LGBTI people.

United States

Human rights defenders; sexual orientation and gender identity

Information received concerning allegations of death threats, acts of violence and intimidation, harassment, and discrimination against a human rights defender and transgender activist.

United States

Executions; sexual orientation and gender identity

Information received concerning allegations that Mr. Charles Rhines, a gay man on death row in South Dakota, had been sentenced to death as the result of an anti-gay bias shared by the jurors and inadequate legal assistance offered to Mr. Rhines by his counsel.

Tanzania

Arbitrary Detention; executions; freedom of opinion and expression; freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; human rights defenders; sexual orientation and gender identity

Information received concerning allegations of infringements on the right to life, the right to freedom of expression, as well as the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in Tanzania, indicating a pattern of restrictions to civic space in Tanzania.

 

 

The two communications on Brazil and Honduras have been made by a group of mandate holders, including the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, and he alone communicated a case on the Republic of Korea. The communication on Russia has been made by four Special Procedures, including the Working Group on discrimination against women and the Special Rapporteur on the right to health.

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Brazil

Executions; housing; human rights defenders; violence against women; African Descent; racism; sexual orientation and gender identity; foreign debt; poverty; women in law and in practice

Information received concerning the killing of Marielle Franco and her driver.

See Replies received 1 | 2

Honduras

Executions; freedom of opinion and expression; sexual orientation and gender identity; torture; violence against women

Information received concerning the recent murder, in Puerto Cortés, of a transgender woman, Jennifer Cristal López (José Denis Ramos Gámes) and a gay man, Jorge Antonio Rodas García.

See Reply received

Republic of Korea

Sexual orientation and gender identity

Information received concerning attempts by some conservative and religious groups in the Republic of Korea to challenge and weaken the protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity that exist in the country.

Russian Federation

Disability; freedom of opinion and expression; health; women in law and in practice

Information received concerning the removal of two foster children from the home of Yulia Savinovskih.

See Reply received


39th Human Rights Council (September 2018)

The Special Procedures latest communications report to the 39th session of the Human Rights Council provides summaries of communications for the period 1 March to 31 May 2018, and replies received from governments between 1 May and 31 July 2018.

communications related to SOGIESC:

  • Brazil (the killing of Marielle Franco and her driver)
  • Honduras (the murder of a trans woman and a gay man in Puerto Cortés)
  • Republic of Korea (attempts by some conservative and religious groups to challenge and weaken the protection from discrimination based on SOGI that exist in the country);
  • Russian Federation (the removal of two foster children from the home of Yulia Savinovskih)

The two communications on Brazil and Honduras have been made by a group of mandate holders, including the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, and he alone communicated a case on the Republic of Korea. The communication on Russia has been made by four Special Procedures, including the Working Group on discrimination against women and the Special Rapporteur on the right to health.

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Brazil

Executions; housing; human rights defenders; violence against women; African Descent; racism; sexual orientation and gender identity; foreign debt; poverty; women in law and in practice
Information received concerning the killing of Marielle Franco and her driver. See replies received 1 | 2

Honduras

Executions; freedom of opinion and expression; sexual orientation and gender identity; torture; violence against women
Information received concerning the recent murder, in Puerto Cortés, of a transgender woman, Jennifer Cristal López (José Denis Ramos Gámes) and a gay man, Jorge Antonio Rodas García. See Reply received 

Republic of Korea

Sexual orientation and gender identity
Information received concerning attempts by some conservative and religious groups in the Republic of Korea to challenge and weaken the protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity that exist in the country. 

Russian Federation

Disability; freedom of opinion and expression; health; women in law and in practice
Information received concerning the removal of two foster children from the home of Yulia Savinovskih. See Reply received

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38th Human Rights Council (June-July 2018)

The Special Procedures latest communications report to the 38th session of the Human Rights Council provides summaries of communications for the period 1 December 2017 to 28 February 2018, and replies received from governments until 30 April 2018.

communications related to SOGIESC:

  • Other actors (a policy regarding intersex people);
  • Other actors (a policy regarding intersex people);
  • Indonesia (arbitrary arrests, detention and ill-treatment of twelve waria, or transgender women, in Aceh province);
  • Jordan (blocking of the website by Jordanian authorities in relation to the publication of SOGI information).

The communication on Jordan has been made by the Special Rapporteur of freedom of opinion and expression, the two communications on intersex policies – by the Special Rapporteur on the right to health together with the Special Rapporteur on torture, while the communication on Indonesia – by the Independent Expert on SOGI together with other mandate holders.

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Other actors – American Academy of Pediatrics

Health; torture
Information received concerning a policy regarding intersex people.

Other actors – American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) (a policy regarding intersex people)

Health; torture
Information received concerning a policy regarding intersex people.

Indonesia

Freedom of opinion and expression; human rights defenders; sexual orientation and gender identity; torture; arbitrary detention; internally displaced persons
Information received concerning information we have received concerning the alleged arbitrary arrests, detention and ill-treatment of twelve waria, or transgender women, in Aceh province. See Reply received

Jordan

Freedom of opinion and expression
Information received concerning the blocking of the website of the online magazine “My.Kali” by Jordanian authorities, allegedly in relation to the publication of information about sexual orientation and gender identity. See Reply received

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37th UN Human Rights Council (February-March 2018)

The Special Procedures latest communications report to the 37th session of the Human Rights Council provides summaries of communications for the period 1 June to 30 November 2017, and replies received from governments until 31 January 2018.

10 communications related to SOGIESC:

  • Egypt (unlawful arrests and detention, as well as incrimination of LGBTI persons and LGBTI defenders, including Mr. Ahmed Alaa and Ms. Sarah Hegazy);
  • Azerbaijan (unlawful arrests and detention, torture and ill-treatment of persons perceived to be gay, transgender persons or persons involved in sex work);
  • Russia (administrative proceedings against Ms. Evdokia Romanova for “gay propaganda”);
  • Haiti (legislative developments related to “good morals” and the protection of family targeting LGBTI);
  • Russia (imminent deportation of Uzbek national, Mr. Ali Feruz from Russia to Uzbekistan);
  • Chile (adoption of Gender Identity bill by Senate);
  • Republic of Korea (arrests interrogations, detentions and prosecutions of soldiers and military personnel perceived to be gay, under the Republic of Korea’s Military Criminal Act);
  • Honduras (assassination attempt against LGBTI defender Mr. Osmin David Valle Castillo);
  • Singapore (amendments adopted to the Public Order Law, which could significantly restrict the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in the country, including its significant impact on the organization of the annual ‘Pink Dot’ festival);
  • Honduras (recent murder of a transsexual woman and an LGBTI rights activist, Ms. Sherlyn Montoya).

All the ten communications were made by the Independent Expert on SOGI together with other mandate holders.

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