Looking at the work of Special Procedures regarding LGBTI persons and SOGIESC issues


ISHR and ILGA World have looked through the work of 39 UN Special Procedures over the last seven years to compile factsheets listing the references and recommendations made by these experts regarding LGBTI persons, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

The factsheets examine all thematic reports, reports arising from country visits, and communications sent to different States and non-state actors between January 2011 and November 2018.

During this period, 34 Special Procedures have made SOGIESC references in a total of 125 country visits, 159 thematic reports and 122 communications. In 2018, every second report contained some reference to SOGIESC. Over the period of 2011-2018, the percentage of reports and Special Procedures mentioning LGBTI issues has steadily risen, albeit with uneven distribution.

Since 2016, the Independent Expert on SOGI has played a vital role in adding to the amount and analytical depth of the SOGIESC references. So far, the mandate holders have conducted 4 country visits, made 38 communications and prepared 4 thematic reports exclusively centred on SOGIESC.

Based on the results of our analysis, we created the infographics to show some trends and achievements related to LGBTI persons’ human rights within the Special Procedures mandates, and later this year we will also present a more detailed analysis of SOGIESC references, as well as suggestions for future improvements and LGBTI defenders’ engagement with this part of the UN system.

 

 

Factsheets:

The experts on leprosy, albinism, mercenaries, environment, and right to food, have not yet included any references to LGBTI persons or issues related to SOGIESC.

 

 

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