HRC 39 - 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Geneva, 10-28 September 2018

ILGA's involvement at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC):

In this section:

Statements at the HRC

  • Clustered Interactive Dialogue: Special Rapporteur on the right to development and Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures
  • Item 4 – General Debate
  • Annual Half-Day Panel Discussion on the rights of indigenous peoples
  • Annual discussion on Integration of a Gender Perspective
  • Item 10 - General Debate

(more statements will be added as the session unfolds)

Side events

Adoption of UPR outcomes

  • Azerbaijan
  • Cameroon
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • Uzbekistan


Statements at the HRC

CLUSTERED INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE: SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT AND SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON UNILATERAL COERCIVE MEASURES

In this joint statement with RFSL, delivered on behalf of a coalition of 20 LGBTQI human rights defenders from all regions who were present at this Council Session, we highlighted how essential it is that LGBTQI people have equal access to development, and that we are recognised as equal stakeholders, and can actively participate in society.
Click here to read the full statement, or watch the video of the statement being delivered

 

ITEM 4 GENERAL DEBATE - HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS THAT REQUIRE THE COUNCIL'S ATTENTION

With this statement, ILGA drew the Human Rights Council's attention to cases of violence and discrimination against LGBTI persons that have occurred in the past few months: "We cannot remain complacent before the scope and severity of the ongoing violence and discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer people are facing."
Click here to read the statement, or watch a video of the statement being delivered

 

ANNUAL HALF-DAY PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

With this joint statement endorsed by several organizations from around the world that work on indigenous and LGBTIQ issues, we highlighted how the negative impact of colonization on the ancestral sexualities, gender identities, expressions, and spiritualities of Indigenous peoples has had devastating consequences, including loss of acceptance of people of diverse identities within their own societies.

Click here to read the statement, or watch the video of the statement being delivered

 

ANNUAL DISCUSSION ON THE INTEGRATION OF A GENDER PERSPECTIVE

With this statement, we highlighted how stigmatisation and discrimination on the basis of gender and SOGIE increase during times of turmoil, often leaving LGBT people to experience a level of violence and exclusion beyond that borne by others.

Click here to read the statement, or watch the video of the statement being delivered

 

ITEM 10 - GENERAL DEBATE

With this statement, we shared with the Human Rights Council a few examples of countries where we have recently seen progressive measures taken to protect LGBTI persons, in the hope that these best practices can help build other countries' capacities.

Click here to read the statement, or watch the video of the statement being delivered

 


 

Side events

GLOBAL RESEARCH ON TRANS RIGHTS

This panel discussed current research on trans rights from different sources, critically investigate the approaches to research and data collection on gender identity and gender expression, and evaluate the pros and cons of different approaches and methodologies. Watch a recording of the event below:

 


 

Adoption of UPR outcomes

During the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, ILGA will work with human rights defenders from various countries to help deliver statements during the UPR adoptions.

AZERBAIJAN

During the 30th UPR Working Group Sessions, Azerbaijan received 8 SOGIESC recommendations. Click here to read the ILGA and COC joint statement, made on behalf of the LGBTI Community in Azerbaijan, or watch the video of the statement being delivered below

 

CAMEROON

During the 30th UPR Working Group Sessions, Cameroon received 12 SOGIESC recommendations.
Click here to read the ILGA and COC joint statement, delivered in consultation with Humanity First Cameroon and Alternatives Cameroun, or watch the video of the statement being delivered below

 

COLOMBIA

During the 30th UPR Working Group Sessions, Colombia received 3 SOGIESC recommendations, and accepted all of them.
Click here to read the ILGA statement, delivered in consultation with Colombia Diversa, or watch the video of the statement being delivered below

 

GERMANY

During the 30th UPR Working Group Sessions, Germany received 8 SOGIESC recommendations.
Click here to read the ILGA statement, delivered in consultation with Bundesvereinigung Trans* (BVT*), or watch the video of the statement being delivered below

 

UZBEKISTAN

During the 30th UPR Working Group Sessions, Uzbekistan received 12 SOGIESC recommendations. It accepted one of them, and noted the remaining 11.
Click here to read the ILGA and COC joint statement, delivered in consultation with the Central Asian Gender and Sexuality Advocacy Network (CAGSAN), or watch the video of the statement being delivered below