This is the 19th monthly info note by ILGA on UN Special Procedures and sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

This issue includes:

Call for inputs: Cultural rights; Environment; Extreme poverty; Food; Foreign debt; Freedom of peaceful assembly and association; Health; Housing; International order; Migrants; Racism; Religion; Sale and sexual exploitation of children; Sexual orientation and gender identity

Upcoming country visits: Bangladesh; Canada; Gambia; Greece; Honduras; Hungary; Malaysia; Maldives; Mongolia; Nigeria; Norway; Qatar; South Africa; Spain; Sri Lanka; Switzerland; Togo

Download the February 2019 info note on Special Procedures
as a PDF file

 Call for input by the Independent Expert on SOGI 

The UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, has issued a call for inputs to his upcoming thematic report: “Marginalisation and exclusion from socio-cultural environments”, to be presented at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly on 17-30 September 2019.

The report will discuss how inclusion protects people from violence and discrimination, and the State’s role in promoting and nurturing social, cultural, political and economic inclusion, Finally, it will develop recommendations to States and relevant stakeholders.

To guide the report, the Independent Expert has requested input on the following 7 topics (abbreviated):

  1. Key areas in which people suffer socio-cultural and economic exclusion, as a result of violence and discrimination on the basis of SOGI.
  2. Root causes and structural factors behind marginalisation and exclusion, e.g. laws, policies, institutional practices, organizational behaviours, and prevailing ideologies, values and beliefs.
  3. State efforts to address exclusion through legislation, policies, data gathering and other means, e.g. poverty, education, homelessness and health.
  4. Complaints mechanisms available and accessible to LGBT people facing discrimination.
  5. Actions to ensure socio-cultural and economic inclusion based on SOGI in national and regional implementation of the SDGs.
  6. Actions to raise public awareness and sensitisation on SOGI issues, in order to promote the meaningful socio-cultural and economic inclusion of LGBT people.
  7. Services provided by civil society to excluded and marginalised LGBT people.

Read the full call and questions here: English | Français | Español

The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2019.

Responses may be submitted in English, French or Spanish.


Other calls for input

Mandate Call Deadline Additional Info
NEW! Special Rapporteur on cultural rights Call for submissions: Cultural rights and public spaces (thematic report to the 74th GA in Sep 2019) 20 May 2019 Read more:
EN | FR | ES
NEW! Special Rapporteur on the right to health Call for submissions: The role of medical education in strengthening the health workforce (thematic report to the 74th GA in Sep 2019) 20 May 2019 Read more

Extended note

NEW! Special Rapporteur on the right to food Call for submissions: SDG 2 and the right to food (thematic report to the 74th GA in Sep 2019) 20 May 2019 Read more
Independent Expert on a democratic international order  Call for inputs: Participation in global governance spaces (thematic report to the 42nd HRC and 74th GA in Sep 2019) 23 May 2019 Read more:
EN | FR | ES
NEW! Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants Call for submissions: Good practices of gender-responsive migration legislation, policies, and practices (thematic report to the 74th GA in Sep 2019) 24 May 2019 Read more:

EN | FR | ES

NEW! Special Rapporteur on racism Call for submissions: Reparations, racial justice, and equality (thematic report to the 74th GA in Sep 2019) 31 May 2019 Read more:
EN | FR | ES
Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children  Call for inputs: Safeguards for the protection of the rights of children born from surrogacy arrangements (thematic report to the 74th GA in Sep 2019) 31 May 2019 Read more:

EN | FR | ES

Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Call for inputs: The right to housing for Indigenous Peoples (thematic report to the 74th GA in Sep 2019) 31 May 2019 Read more:

EN | FR | ES

Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion Call for inputs: Antisemitism (thematic report to the 74th GA in Sep 2019) 7 Jun 2019 Read more
Special Rapporteur on the environment Call for inputs: Climate change and human rights – a safe climate (thematic report to the 74th GA in Sep 2019) 8 Jun 2019 Read more

EN | FR | ES

Special Rapporteur on the environment Call for input: The right to a safe, clean, and sustainable environment (thematic report to the 43rd HRC in Mar 2020) 8 Jun 2019 Read more

EN | FR | ES

NEW! Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty Call for submissions: Country visit to Malaysia (12-22 Aug 2019) 14 Jun 2019 Read more
NEW! Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly and association  Call for inputs: Country visit to Sri Lanka (15-26 Jul 2019) 25 Jun 2019 Read more
NEW! Independent Expert on foreign debt  Call for contributions: Private debt and human rights (thematic report to the 43rd HRC in Mar 2019) 31 Jul 2019 Read more:
EN | FR | ES
Special Rapporteur on the environment Call for input: Country visit to Norway (12-23 Sep 2019) 31 Jul 2019 Read more

 = Requests information on LGBTI persons.


Country visits by the Independent Expert on SOGI

UN Independent Expert on SOGI, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, undertakes 1 to 3 fact-finding country visits per year.

In 2019, he is visiting Ukraine and Sri Lanka.
In 2018, he visited Georgia and Mozambique.
In 2017, his predecessor Prof. Vitit Muntarbhorn visited Argentina.

In March 2018, Victor Madrigal-Borloz made 12 country visit requests, and in this section you may find information about current status of the requests. Additionally, on 4 July 2018 Malta invited the Independent Expert to visit their country.

If you wish to engage with ILGA with regard to the Independent Expert’s visit to your country, 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
Armenia* Request to postpone (17 April 2018)
Burkina Faso Visit request (26 Mar 2018)
Cambodia Visit request (26 Mar 2018)
Georgia* Visit conducted on 25 Sep to 5 Oct 2018.
End of Mission Statement: English – Georgian
Press Release: English – Georgian
Ghana* Visit request (26 Mar 2018)
Kenya* Visit request (26 Mar 2018)
Malta* Invitation Country Visit (4 Jul 2018)
Nepal Visit request (26 Mar 2018)
Mozambique* Visit conducted on 3-10 Dec 2018.
End of Mission Statement: English – Portuguese
Press Release: English – Portuguese
Poland* Request to postpone (15 May 2018)
Sri Lanka* Visit to be conducted from 27 May to 7 June 2019.
Background note
Thailand* Visit request (26 Mar 2018)
Ukraine* Visit conducted on 30 Apr to 10 May 2019.
NEW! End of Mission Statement: English
NEW! Press Release: English – Russian


* 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 you can support the visits, please contact the respective mandate-holder at their email, found in the OHCHR directory.


Country Mandate Dates
Bangladesh Older persons 20-30 May 2019
Canada Hazardous substances 24 May – 5 Jun 2019
Togo Slavery 27-31 May 2019
NEW! Maldives  Cultural rights  9-18 Jun 2019
Hungary Migrants 10-17 Jul 2019
Sri Lanka  Freedom of assembly and association  15-26 Jul 2019
Malaysia   Extreme poverty  12-22 Aug 2019
Sri Lanka  Freedom of religion  15-24 Aug 2019
Honduras Independence of judges and lawyers 16-22 Aug 2019
Mongolia Foreign debt 2-11 Sep 2019
Norway Environment 12-23 Sep 2019
South Africa Albinism 16-26 Sep 2019
Nigeria  Housing  17-26 Sep 2019
NEW! Switzerland Development 23 Sep – 2 Oct 2019
Norway Disability 2-11 Oct 2019
NEW! Gambia  Sale and sexual exploitation of children  21-29 Oct 2019
Qatar Arbitrary detention 3-14 Nov 2019
Qatar  Racism  24 Nov – 1 Dec 2019
Greece Arbitrary detention 2-13 Dec 2019
NEW! Qatar Education 8-16 Dec 2019
NEW! Qatar Slavery 13-20 Jan 2020
NEW! Spain  Extreme poverty  27 Jan – 7 Feb 2020

 = Mandate frequently considers LGBTI issues.