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Info Note on UN Special Procedures (January 2024): Calls for input and upcoming country visits

This is the 74th monthly info note by ILGA World on UN Special Procedures: call for inputs and upcoming country visits.

This issue includes:

Calls for input: Business enterprises; Cultural rights; Development; Disappearances; Discrimination against women and girls; Education; Extreme poverty; Freedom of expression; Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; Housing; Independence of judges and lawyers; International Solidarity; Mercenaries; Sexual orientation and gender identity; Summary executions; Unilateral coercive measures; Violence against women.

Upcoming country visits: Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Côte d’Ivoire; Jordan; Peru; Philippines; Tunisia; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Venezuela

Calls for input

Mandate Call Deadline Additional Info
Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures Calls for contributions for the Sanctions Research Platform 01 Jan 2024 Read more
Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty Call for contributions for report on “Eradicating poverty in a post-growth context: preparing for the next Development Goals” (to be presented at the HRC 56) 15 Jan 2024 Read more
Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Call for contributions from the mandate for the country visit to the Philippines (to be presented at HRC 59) 15 Jan 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Working Group on business enterprises Call for contributions for the mandate’s visit to Tunisia (to be presented at the HRC 56) 15 Jan 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Call for input on report on Journalists in Exile (to be presented at the HRC 56) 15 Jan 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on summary executions Call for contributions for report on “the protection of dead persons and their human remains, including of victims of potentially unlawful killings” 29 Jan 2024 Read more
Special Rapporteur on violence against women Call for contributions for report on prostitution and violence against women and girls (to be presented at the HRC 56) 31 Jan 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Working Group on discrimination against women and girls Call for inputs for follow-up to the Working Group on discrimination against women and girls’ country visits to Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Greece, Poland, Honduras, Chad, Samoa, Kuwait and Hungary 31 Jan 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Call for input for the report on “safeguarding the independence of judicial systems in the face of contemporary challenges to democracy” (to be presented at the HRC 56) 31 Jan 2024 Read more

Questionnaire: EN | SP | FR

NEW!!! Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity Call for input for report on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on SOGI, in relation to the human rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly” (to be presented at HRC 56) 31 Jan 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Call for inputs for report on “emerging restrictions on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and rising authoritarianism” (to be presented at HRC 56) 31 Jan 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on education Call for contributions for report on “academic freedom and freedom of expression in educational institutions.” (to be presented at the HRC 56) 02 Feb 2024 Read more

Questionnaire: EN | SP | FR

NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on cultural rights Call for contributions for the mandate’s visit to Chile (to be presented at HRC 58) 02 Feb 2024 Read more
Working Group on enforced disappearances Call for contributions for study on “Elections and Enforced Disappearances” (to be presented at HRC 57) 15 Feb 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on violence against women Call for contributions from the mandate for the country visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 10 Feb 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Working Group on mercenaries Call for contributions from the mandate for the country visit to Côte d’Ivoire 15 Feb 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Independent Expert on international solidarity Call for inputs for report on the participation of CSOs pursuing expressions of international solidarity (to be presented at HRC 56) 15 Feb 2024 Read more
Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures Call for contributions for report on “Access to justice in the face of unilateral sanctions and over-compliance” (to be presented at GA 79) 28 Feb 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on development Call for input for reports on Climate Justice and right to development of children and future generations. 29 Feb 2024 Read more

Questionnaire: EN | SP | FR

NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures Call for input for 2023 Thematic Report to the 57th Session of the UN Human Rights Council – Monitoring and Impact Assessment 30 Mar 2024 Read more
Special Rapporteur on housing Call for contributions for report on “Resettlement as a human rights issue” (to be presented at HRC 55 and GA 79) 31 Mar 2024 Read more

Questionnaire: EN | SP | FR

: requests information on LGBTI persons

Country visits by the Independent Expert on SOGI

The President of the UN Human Rights Council has appointed Graeme Reid as the incoming holder of the mandate of the Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). He took on the role on 1st of November 2023. For more information have a look at our article at this link.

The UN Independent Expert on SOGI undertakes 1 to 3 fact-finding country visits per year.

The former Independent Expert, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, visited Cambodia in 2023, the United States of America in 2022, Tunisia in 2021, Ukraine in 2019, and Georgia and Mozambique in 2018. In 2017, his predecessor Prof. Vitit Muntarbhorn visited Argentina.

In March 2018, the former Independent Expert Victor Madrigal-Borloz made 12 country visit requests. On 4 July 2018 Malta invited the Independent Expert to visit their country. The Independent Expert also requested a visit to Japan (8 October 2019), Tunisia (19 November 2019), India and Colombia (both 7 January 2020), Cambodia (28 March 2020), and Fiji and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (both 24 May 2022).

In this section, you may find information about the current status of the requests. Up-to-date information about country visits may be found here.

If your country is planned for the Independent Expert’s visit and you wish to engage with ILGA on this, please contact us ([email protected]).

Country Current Status
Argentina* Visit conducted on 1–10 Mar 2017.

End of Mission Statement: English – Spanish

Press Release: English – Spanish

Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R

Armenia* Request to postpone (17 Apr 2018)
Burkina Faso Reminder visit request – for 2021 (17 Jan 2020)
Cambodia Visit conducted on 10–20 Jan 2023.

End of Mission Statement: English

Press Release: English

Colombia* Request to postpone (7 Apr 2020)
Fiji*  Visit request (24 May 2022)
Georgia* Visit conducted on 25 Sep to 5 Oct 2018.

End of Mission Statement: English – Georgian

Press Release: English – Georgian

Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R

Ghana* Reminder visit request – for 2021 (7 Jan 2020)
India* Visit request (7 Jan 2020)
Japan* Visit request for second half of 2020 (8 Oct 2019)
Kenya* Reminder visit request – for 2021 (7 Jan 2020)
Malta* Invitation Country Visit (4 Jul 2018)
     Mozambique* Visit conducted on 3-10 Dec 2018.

End of Mission Statement: English – Portuguese

Press Release: English – Portuguese

Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R

Nepal Reminder visit request – for 2020 (7 Jan 2020)
Poland* Reminder visit request – for 2020 (7 Jan 2020)
Sri Lanka* Request to postpone to 2020 (2 Oct 2019).

Background note

Thailand* Reminder visit request – for 2020 (7 Jan 2020)
Tunisia* Visit conducted on 8 -18 Jun 2021

End of Mission Statement: English – Arabic – French

Press Release: English – Arabic – French

Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R

Ukraine* Visit conducted on 30 Apr to 10 May 2019.

End of Mission Statement: English – Ukrainian

Press Release: English – Russian – Ukrainian

Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland* Accepting dates: 24 Apr – 5 May 2023 (6 Feb 2023)

End of Mission Statement: English

United States of America* Visit conducted on 15 – 26 Aug 2022

End of Mission Statement: English

Press Release: English

 * Countries with standing invitations. A standing invitation is an open invitation extended by a Government to all thematic special procedures. By extending a standing invitation States announce that they will always accept requests to visit from all special procedures.

Upcoming country visits by other mandates

This information is regularly updated by the OHCHR here.

To find out how to support the visits, please contact the respective mandate-holders at their e-mail addresses, available here

Country Mandate Dates
POSTPONED!!!  Singapore Terrorism 12 – 19 Jul 2021
POSTPONED!!!  Bosnia and Herzegovina Mercenaries 3 – 11 Oct 2021
POSTPONED!!!  Mozambique Summary executions 6 – 21 Nov 2021
POSTPONED!!! Russian Federation Minority issues 1 – 18 Apr 2022
POSTPONED!!! Costa Rica  Minority issues 4 – 16 May 2023
Peru Health TBC 2023/2024
Tunisia Business enterprises 1 Jan – 31 Mar 2024
Philippines Freedom of expression 23 Jan – 2 Feb 2024
Venezuela Food 1 – 14 Feb 2024
NEW!!! United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Violence against women 12 – 21 Feb 2024
NEW!!! Côte d’Ivoire Mercenaries 4 – 13 Mar 2024
NEW!!! Colombia Indigenous Peoples 5 – 15 Mar 2024
Chile Cultural Rights 25 Mar – 5 Apr 2024
Canada Water and sanitation 8 – 19 Apr 2024
Canada Arbitrary Detention 13 – 24 May 2024
Jordan Cultural Rights 20 – 31 May 2024
Burkina Faso Trafficking 10 Jul – 19 Jul 2024
Chile Independence of judges and lawyers 29 Jul – 9 Aug 2024
Colombia Business enterprises 29 Jul – 9 Aug 2024
Chile Health 21 Nov – 4 Dec 2024

: Mandate frequently considers LGBTI issues