HRC session 41 (June-July 2019) - ILGA World's engagement


HRC 41 - 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Geneva, 24 June - 12 July 2019
ILGA's involvement at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council (HRC)

A summary of SOGIESC issues mentioned in the reports presented during the 40th Human Rights Council session is available here.

In this section:

Statements at the HRC

  • Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on violence and discrimination based on SOGIand the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and advocates
  • Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on violence and discrimination based on SOGIand the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and advocates (Trans Advocacy Week statement)
  • Item 3 - Clustered interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Health and Special Rapporteur on Leprosy
  • Clustered interactive dialogue: Working Group on discrimination against women and Working Group on business and human rights
  • Clustered interactive dialogue: Special Rapporteur on violence against women and Special Rapporteur on trafficking
  • Panel discussion on women’s rights and climate change
  • Item 8 - General Debate
  • Annual thematic panel discussion on technical cooperation in the promotion and protection of human rights -Technical cooperation and capacity-building in the field of the human rights of older persons
  • End of session

Side events

  • (25 June 2019) ‘Hear us, See us’: A panel discussion with indigenous women from around the world
  • (27 June 2019) Research and data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity: needs, risks and best practices
  • (02 July 2019) Religious communities affirming LGBTIQ people around the world
  • (03 July 2019) Why renew the mandate of the SOGI IE? Focus on gender identity and human rights

Adoption of UPR outcomes

  • Viet Nam
  • Cambodia

Open letters to States

  • On preventative engagement with, and action on, Tanzania at the Human Rights Council’s 41st session 


Statements at the HRC

(statements will be added as the session unfolds)

INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH THE INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SOGIAND THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE INDEPENDENCE OF JUDGES AND ADVOCATES

In this joint statement by ILGA-Europe and ILGA World, we highlighted how our life stories bear witness to the damage caused by prejudice against our expressions, identities, loves and relations, and we called on States to collect information to understand the scale of the discrimination and violence that we suffer.

Click here to read the statement (in Spanish) or watch the video below

 

INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH THE INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SOGI AND THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE INDEPENDENCE OF JUDGES AND ADVOCATES (TRANS ADVOCACY WEEK STATEMENT)

In this statement, the trans and gender-diverse human rights defenders participating in this year’s Trans Advocacy Week urged member States to collect and analyse disaggregated data on issues affecting trans and gender-diverse people - including access to education, employment, health, housing, safety, and justice, as well as intersectional discrimination and violence.

Click here to read the statement or watch the video below

 

CLUSTERED INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON HEALTH AND SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON LEPROSY

In this statement, trans and gender diverse activists participating in Trans Advocacy Week expressed their concern for mental health care used as weapon in the form of forced institutionalization and treatment against trans and gender diverse people: "As affirmed by the World Health Organization, our gender identities and expressions aren't pathologies to be treated but healthy manifestations of human diversity.

Click here to read the statement or watch the video below

 
 

 

CLUSTERED INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE: WORKING GROUP ON DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN AND WORKING GROUP ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

In this statement, prepared in consultation with La Red Lésbica Cattrachas from Honduras, we highlighted the number of factors aggravating the risk for lesbian and bisexual women, as well as trans persons to be deprived of their liberty. We also fully support the Working Group’s recommendation to Honduras to eliminate violence, discrimination and stigmatization against LBTQI women, as 317 violent deaths of LGBTI persons have been recorded in the country in the past decade

Click here to read the statement or watch the video below

 

CLUSTERED INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE: SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TRAFFICKING

In this statement, we highlighted how lesbian and bisexual women, trans and intersex persons face specific forms of gender-based violence, including hate crimes, ‘corrective rapes', ‘conversion' therapies, forced sterilization and intersex genital mutilation, but their access to justice is hindered.

Click here to read the statement or watch the video below

 

PANEL DISCUSSION ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

In this statement, the trans and gender-diverse human rights defenders participating in this year’s Trans Advocacy Week reiterated that climate change is a form of gender based violence legitimised by States, exploited by corporations for profit, and will result in the catastrophic decimation of the most marginalised populations including LGBTIQ persons that do not have the resources to survive.

Click here to read the statement in English | in Spanish

 

ITEM 8 - GENERAL DEBATE

In this statement, 1,312 NGOs working on diverse human rights issues from 174 States and territories around the world called on the UN Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert on SOGI.

Click here to read the statement, or watch the video below

 

ANNUAL THEMATIC PANEL DISCUSSION ON TECHNICAL COOPERATION IN THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS -TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND CAPACITY-BUILDING IN THE FIELD OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF OLDER PERSONS

Together with COC Nederland, HelpAge International and LGBT Danmark, we highlighted how LGBTI older persons are far more likely to live alone, face elevated rates of disability and poor health, and suffer from higher levels of mental distress than their peers: States should include them in care and health policies.

Click here to read the statement, or watch the video below

 

END OF SESSION

Together with other 15 human rights organisations, we reiterated how - by renewing the mandate of the Independent Expert on SOGI - the Council has sent a clear message that violence and discrimination against people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities cannot be tolerated.

Click here to read the statement, or watch the video below

 


Side events

(notes about the event will be added as the session unfolds)

‘Hear us, See us’: A panel discussion with indigenous women from around the world

The Permanent Mission of Australia - along with the Missions of Canada, Mexico, the Australian Human Rights Commission and ILGA World - is pleased to present a side event on the specific and intersectional challenges faced by indigenous women around the world, particularly those facing young women.
The panel discussion will present an unique opportunity to hear directly from indigenous women about their experiences of resilience, leadership, and problem solving in advancing the rights of women and improving the lives of their communities. Click here to learn more

Research and data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity: needs, risks and best practices

ILGA World, COC Nederland and ISHR hosted a side event during the 41st UN Human Rights Council looking at needs, best practices and risks of research and data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity. The event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Canada, Chile, Colombia, The Netherlands. Click here to learn more, or watch the recording of the event below (in two parts):

 

 

 

Religious communities affirming LGBTIQ people around the world

This side event sought to amplify the efforts of people of faith and share the realities lived by individuals and communities from different contexts around the world, particularly from key affected contexts (mostly in the Global South), and most especially, inclusive religious experiences and interpretations. This side event also aimed to highlight how different religious institutions, from different traditions and contexts, include and affirm the rights of LGBTIQ people around the world. These stories stand in stark contrast to the regressive and exclusionary narratives often heard at the UN.

Click here to learn more, or watch the recording of the event below.
You can also read the opening statement at the event by our Executive Director, André du Plessis.

 

 

Why renew the mandate of the SOGI IE? Focus on gender identity and human rights

This side event, co-sponsored by the missions of Argentina and the United Kingdom and organised within the Trans Advocacy Week, addressed gender identity issues in the context of the mandate of the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IE SOGI), highlighting advances made since the start of the mandate to date, as well as issues to be addressed in the future -including transphobic violence, socioeconomic justice, legal gender recognition and access to reparations.

Click here to learn more, or watch the recording below on GATE's Facebook page

 


Adoption of UPR outcomes

VIET NAM

In this statement, the LGBTI - UPR Working Group welcomed the country's decision to accept 3 recommendations, including to enact legislation to ensure access to gender affirmation treatment and legal gender recognition.

Read the full statement here or watch the video below

 

 

CAMBODIA

In this statement - prepared in consultation with CSOs working on SOGIESC and SRHR issues, including ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, Cambodian Center For Human Rights (CCHR), Destination Justice, Micro Rainbow, Rainbow Community Kampuchea-rock, Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia and RFSU - we welcomed the decision of Cambodia to accept all 9 SOGIESC recommendations: the implementation of those measures will significantly contribute to advancing on the protection of the human rights of LGBTIQ communities across the country.

Read the full statement here or watch the video below

 

 


Open letters to States

(13.05.2019) On preventative engagement with, and action on, Tanzania at the Human Rights Council’s 41st session