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Info Note on UN Special Procedures (March 2024)

This is the 76th monthly info note by ILGA World on UN Special Procedures: call for inputs and upcoming country visits.

This issue includes:

Calls for input: Cambodia; Development; Disappearances; Environment; Foreign debt; Housing; Human rights defenders; Indigenous Peoples; International Order; International Solidarity; Mercenaries; Migrants; Peaceful assembly; Racism; Slavery; Toxics; Truth, justice and reparation; Unilateral coercive measures; Violence against women; Water and sanitation.

Upcoming country visitsBosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Côte d’Ivoire; Denmark; Dominican Republic; Finland; Jordan; Lithuania; Maldives; Peru; Republic of Korea; Sweden; Tunisia; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America; Venezuela

 

Calls for input

Mandate Call Deadline Additional Info
NEW!!! Independent Expert on international order Call for contributions for the mandate’s visit to the Maldives 08 Mar 2024

 

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NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Call for contributions for the mandate’s visit to Brazil (to be presented at HRC 58) 11 Mar 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on truth, justice and reparation Call for contributions for the mandate’s visit to Finland 11 Mar 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on truth, justice and reparation Call for contributions for the mandate’s visit to Sweden 11 Mar 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances Call for contributions for the follow-up reports on country visits to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (to be presented at HRC 57) 15 Mar 2024

 

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Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Call for contributions for report on “The Situation of Mobile Indigenous Peoples” (to be presented at GA 79) 15 Mar 2024 Read more
Independent Expert on international solidarity

 

Call for contributions for the mandate’s visit to Denmark (and Greenland) (to be presented at HRC 59) 15 Mar 2024 Read more
Working Group on mercenaries Call for contributions for report on arms transfer and mercenarism (to be presented at HRC 57 and GA 79) 15 Mar 2024

 

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Working Group on mercenaries Call for contributions for report on financing and mercenarism (to be presented at HRC 57 and GA 79) 15 Mar 2024

 

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NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation Call for input for report on “Water and food nexus: a human rights approach to water management in food systems” (to be presented at GA 79) 15 Mar 2024 Read more
Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation Call for contributions for the mandate’s visit to Canada 15 Mar 2024 Read more
Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights Call for input for report on Pollution Information Portals and the right to know (to be presented at HRC 57) 22 Mar 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment Call for contributions for the mandate’s visit to the Maldives

 

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Special Rapporteur on development Call for input for reports on Climate Justice and right to development of children and future generations. 29 Mar 2024 Read more

Questionnaire:EN | SP | FR

NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights  Call for input for report on Gender and Toxics (to be presented at GA 79) 29 Mar 2024 Read more
Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures Call for input for the report – Monitoring and Impact Assessment (to be presented at HRC 57) 30 Mar 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism Call for contributions for report on artificial intelligence (AI) and racial discrimination(to be presented at HRC 56) 31 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

NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Call for input for report on the electoral process and the situation of women in Cambodia (to be presented at HRC 57) 31 Mar 2024 Read more
Special Rapporteur on slavery  Call for input for report on “the role of workers’ organisations in preventing and addressing contemporary forms of slavery” (to be presented at GA 79) 31 Mar 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation Call for contributions for report on “Nexus water-economy: water management for services and productive uses from a human rights approach” (to be presented at HRC 57) 01 Apr 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism Call for contributions for report on combating glorification of Nazism (to be presented at HRC 56) 05 Apr 2024 Read more
Special Rapporteur on violence against women  Call for contributions for report on violence against women and girls in sport (to be presented at GA 79) 08 Apr 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on slavery  Call for contributions for report on contemporary forms of slavery as affecting currently and formerly incarcerated people (to be presented at HRC 57)

 

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NEW!!! Special Rapporteur freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Call for contributions for the mandate’s visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina 15 Apr 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt Call for input for report on “The fiscal social contract and the human rights economy” (to be presented at GA 79) 20 Apr 2024 Read more
Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures Call for input on the “Guiding Principles on Sanctions, Compliance (over-compliance) and human rights” 30 Apr 2024 Read more

: 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.

 

Graeme Reid is the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

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
Côte d’Ivoire Mercenaries 4 – 13 Mar 2024
Colombia Indigenous Peoples 5 – 15 Mar 2024
NEW!!! Finland Truth, Justice and Reparation 11 – 15 Mar 2024
Peru Older Persons 11 – 22 Mar 2024
NEW!!! Maldives International Order 12 – 21 Mar 2024
NEW!!! Sweden Truth, Justice and Reparation 18 – 22 Mar 2024
Chile Cultural Rights 25 Mar – 5 Apr 2024
NEW!!! Brazil Human rights defenders TBC Apr 2024
Denmark International Solidarity 8 – 19 Apr 2024
Canada Water and sanitation 8 – 19 Apr 2024
NEW!!! Bosnia and Herzegovina Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association 15 – 22 Apr 2024
NEW!!! Maldives Environment 16 – 25 Apr 2024
United States of America Education 29 Apr – 10 May 2024
Canada Arbitrary Detention 13 – 24 May 2024
Jordan Cultural Rights 20 – 31 May 2024
Burkina Faso Trafficking 10 Jul – 19 Jul 2024
NEW!!! Dominican Republic Discrimination against women and girls 22 – 31 Jul 2024
Chile Independence of judges and lawyers 29 Jul – 9 Aug 2024
Colombia Business enterprises 29 Jul – 9 Aug 2024
NEW!!! Brazil Racism 5 – 16 Aug 2024
NEW!!! Republic of Korea Independence of judges and lawyers 4 – 14 Nov 2024
NEW!!! Lithuania Disappearanaces 20 –27 Nov 2024
Chile Health 21 Nov – 4 Dec 2024

 

 

: Mandate frequently considers LGBTI issues