This is the 25th monthly info note by ILGA World on UN Special Procedures and sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

This issue includes:

Call for inputs: Education; Freedom of expression; Housing; Human rights defenders; Leprosy; Racism; Torture; Violence against women

Upcoming country visits: Benin, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Mali, Malaysia, Maldives, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Spain, Qatar, Zimbabwe.


Download the November 2019 info note on Special Procedures
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Call for inputs

Mandate Call Deadline Additional Info
Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Call for submission: Country visit to Ethiopia (2-9 Dec 2019). 15 Nov 2019 Read more
NEW! Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Written comments on the “Guidelines on the implementation of the right to adequate housing” 18 Nov 2019 Read more
NEW!  Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Call for submission: Country Visit to Peru (21 Jan – 3 Feb 2020). 20 Nov 2019 Read more
NEW! Special Rapporteur on the right to education Call for submission: Country Visit to Qatar (8-16 Dec 2019). 20 Nov 2019 Read more
NEW! Special Rapporteur on violence against women Call for femicide-related data and information 20 Nov 2019 Read more
NEW!  Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism Call for submission: Country Visit to Qatar (24 Nov -1 Dec 2019). 21 Nov 2019 Read more
NEW! Special Rapporteur on torture Call for submissions on psychological torture and ill-treatment. 25 Nov 2019 Read more
NEW!  Special Rapporteur on discrimination against persons affected by leprosy Call for submission: Thematic report on the development of model policy to eliminate discrimination against person affected by leprosy and their family members. 30 Nov 2019 Read more
Special Rapporteur on racism Call for submissions: Thematic report on new information technologies, racial equality, and non-discrimination 13 Dec 2019 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.

In 2020, he is going to visit Sri Lanka. Previously, he visited Ukraine (2019), Georgia (2018) and Mozambique (2018). 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.

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 World 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 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
Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R
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
Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R
Poland* Request to postpone (15 May 2018)
Sri Lanka* Request to postpone to 2020 (2 Oct 2019).
Background note
Thailand* Visit request (26 Mar 2018)
Ukraine* Visit conducted on 30 Apr to 10 May 2019.
End of Mission Statement: English
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, available here.

Country Mandate Dates
Iraq Internally displaced persons 16-22 Nov 2019
NEW! Maldives  Torture  17-24 Nov 2019
Zimbabwe Food 18-28 Nov 2019
NEW! Gambia Truth, justice, reparation 20-27 Nov 2019
China  Older persons  23 Nov-3 Dec 2019
Qatar  Racism  24 Nov – 1 Dec 2019
Fiji  Health  28 Nov-3 Dec 2019
Ecuador  Violence against women  29 Nov – 9 Dec 2019
Benin  Water and sanitation  29 Nov – 12 Dec 2019
Ethiopia  Freedom of opinion and expression  2-9 Dec 2019
Brazil Toxic waste 2-13 Dec 2019
Greece  Arbitrary detention  2-13 Dec 2019
Mali Enforced disappearances 4-11 Dec 2019
 Qatar  Education 8-16 Dec 2019
Qatar Slavery 13-20 Jan 2020
Peru  Human rights defenders  21 Jan – 3 Feb 2020
Italy Food 22-31 Jan 2020
Spain  Extreme poverty  27 Jan – 7 Feb 2020
Paraguay  Sale of children 10-18 Feb 2020
Malaysia  Freedom of religion  26 Mar – 8 Apr 2020
NEW! Romania  Discrimination against women  26 Mar – 8 Apr 2020


 = Mandate frequently considers LGBTI issues.