This is the 37th 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: Business Enterprises; Extreme Poverty; Freedom of Religion; Minority Issues; Violence against Women

Upcoming country visits: Brazil, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Paraguay, Tunisia, Venezuela


 Join ILGA WORLD in supporting LGBTI communities 

The Special Rapporteur on violence against women has extended the deadline for her call for inputs on rape as a grave and systematic human rights violation against women (new deadline 31 Dec 2020)

ILGA World is collecting information on this topic from all over the world to submit joint reports to the Special Rapporteur.

If you have any data on rape and other forms of sexual violence against LBTI women/persons in your country – please reach out to us on [email protected]. We also encourage you to fill in our questionnaire available in English, Spanish and Russian. Let’s do it together!  



Call for inputs


Mandate Call Deadline Additional Info
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on violence against women Call for submissions: Femicide Watch call (to gather information on prevention activities, including through the collection of data on femicide or gender-related killings of women) 23 Nov 2020 EN | ES | FR
NEW!!! Working Group on business enterprises Call for input: project on the next decade of business and human rights (UNGPs10+) – ‘Have your say’ (project to chart a course for a decade of action on business and human rights) 30 Nov 2020 EN | ES | RU

EN | ES | FR

NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on minority issues Call for submissions: report on ‘Hate speech, social media and minorities’ (to be presented to the 46th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2021) 30 Nov 2020 EN | ES | FR
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion Call for inputs: report on Anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination (to be presented to the 46th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2021) 30 Nov 2020 EN | FR | العربية
NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty Call for submissions: visit to the European Union (to seek input from all interested individuals and organizations, including civil society, to prepare for the visit to the European Union from 25 November 2020 to 29 January 2021) 09 Dec 2020 EN | ES | FR
Special Rapporteur on violence against women Call for submissions: report on rape as a grave and systematic human rights violation and gender-based violence against women (to be presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2021) 31 Dec 2020 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 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), and Cambodia (28 March 2020).

In this section, you may find information about 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 Request to postpone from 18 Jan to 29 Jan 2021 (7 April 2020)
Colombia* Request to postpone (7 April 2020)
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)
Nepal Reminder visit request – for 2020 (7 Jan 2020)
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* 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)
NEW!!! Tunisia* Request to postpone visit to first quarter of 2021 (21 Oct 2020)
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-holders at their e-mail addresses, available here.

Country Mandate Dates
Brazil Racism 9-23 Nov 2020
Kenya Summary executions 15-30 Nov 2020
POSTPONED!!! Tunisia Sexual orientation and gender identity 16-27 Nov 2020
POSTPONED!!! Paraguay Minority Issues 27 Nov – 7 Dec 2020
Venezuela Unilateral coercive measures 11-22 Jan 2021
Kyrgyzstan Extreme poverty 17-28 May 2021
Nepal Extreme poverty 6-17 Sept 2021

= Mandate frequently considers LGBTI issues.