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Info Note on UN Special Procedures (November 2023): Calls for input and upcoming country visits

This is the 72nd monthly info note by ILGA World on UN Special Procedures: call for inputs and upcoming country visits.

This issue includes:

Calls for input: Albinism; Climate change; Cultural Rights; Disappearances; Environment; Extreme poverty; Health; Human rights defenders; Torture; Truth; Unilateral coercive measures

Upcoming country visits: Algeria; Armenia; Australia; Bahamas; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Côte d’Ivoire; Finland; Georgia; Jordan; Mauritius; Mongolia; Panama; Peru; Philippines; Republic of Moldova; The Netherlands; Tunisia; Viet Nam

 

Calls for input

Mandate Call Deadline Additional Info
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on the environment Call for contributions: “Business enterprises, planetary boundaries and the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment” 01 Nov 2023 Read more

Questionnaire: EN | SP | FR

NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on truth Call for contributions from the mandate for the country visit to Armenia 10 Nov 2023 Read more
NEW!!! Independent Expert on albinism Call for contributions on persons with albinism and the right to education (to be presented at the HRC 55) 12 Nov 2023 Read more

Questionnaire: EN | SP | FR

NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on torture  Call for contributions for report on current issues and good practice in prison management (to be presented at the HRC 55)  13 Nov 2023 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on cultural rights Call for contributions on the right to access and take part in scientific progress (to be presented at the HRC 55) 13 Nov 2023 Read more

Questionnaire: EN | SP | FR

NEW!!! Working Group on disappearances Call for contributions from the mandate for the visit to the African Union judicial and human rights organs 15 Nov 2023 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on health Call for contributions for report on drug policies and responses, and harm reduction (to be presented at the HRC 56) 15 Nov 2023 Read more

Questionnaire: EN | SP | FR

NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Call for contributions for report on child and youth human rights defenders (to be presented at the HRC 55) 15 Nov 2023 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on climate change Call for contributions for report on corporate accountability in the context of climate change (to be presented at the HRC 56) 30 Nov 2023 Read more

Questionnaire: EN | SP | FR

Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures Calls for contributions for the Sanctions Research Platform 01 Jan 2024 Read more
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty Call for contributions: “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

: requests information on LGBTI persons

Country visits by the Independent Expert on SOGI

 

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

He 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, 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), 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
Australia Sale of children 30 Oct – 10 Nov 2023
Georgia  Human rights defenders  30 Oct – 08 Nov 2023
Mongolia Independence of judges and lawyers 6 – 15 Nov 2023
Philippines Climate change 6 – 15 Nov 2023
NEW!!! Viet Nam  Development  6 – 15 Nov 2023
Côte d’Ivoire  Slavery  6 – 17 Nov 2023
Republic of Moldova  Older persons  7 – 16 Nov 2023
NEW!!! Panama  Cultural Rights  13 – 24 Nov 2023
Armenia Truth 16 – 24 Nov 2023
Finland  Education  21 – 30 Nov 2023
NEW!!! Mauritius Privacy 27 Nov – 4 Dec 2023
Bahamas Arbitrary Detention 27 Nov – 8 Dec 2023
Algeria  Human rights defenders  27 Nov – 8 Dec 2023
The Netherlands Housing 11 – 21 Dec 2023
Tunisia  Business enterprises  1 Jan – 31 Mar 2024
Philippines  Freedom of expression  23 Jan – 2 Feb 2024
Chile  Cultural Rights  25 Mar – 5 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
NEW!!! Chile   Health  21 Nov – 4 Dec 2024

: Mandate frequently considers LGBTI issues