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

Human Rights Council sessions:
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.


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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