This is the 11th 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: Development; Discrimination against women; Human rights defenders; Indigenous peoples; Privacy; Torture; Trafficking

Upcoming country visitsArgentina, Bhutan, Canada, Cape Verde, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Kuwait, Lesotho, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Norway, Poland, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Ukraine

Country visits by the Independent Expert on SOGI

Download the September 2018 info note on Special Procedures
as a PDF file


Call for inputs

Mandate Call Deadline Additional Info
NEW! Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Call for written submissions – Country visit to Ecuador (19-29 Nov 2018) 30 Sep 2018 Read more
Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy Call for inputs – Consultation on “Gender Perspectives on Privacy in the Digital Era” 30 Sep 2018 Read more
Working Group on discrimination against women Call for inputs – Women deprived of liberty (thematic report to be presented at the 41st HRC session in Jun 2019) 1 Oct 2018 Read more
Questionnaire EN / FR / ES
NEW! Special Rapporteur on the right to development Call for written submissions – Country visit to Cabo Verde (12-21 Nov 2018) 12 Oct 2018 Read more
NEW! Special Rapporteur on torture Call for inputs – The relationship between torture and corruption (thematic report to be presented at the 40th HRC session in Feb/Mar 2019) 24 Oct 2018 Read more
NEW! Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy Call for inputs – Country visit to Germany (29 Oct-9 Nov 2018) 26 Oct 2018 Read more
NEW! Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children Call for submissions – Innovative and transformative models of social inclusion for victims of trafficking (thematic report to be presented at the 41st HRC session in Jun 2019) 15 Nov 2018 Read more
Special Rapporteur on the right to development Discussions on human rights compliant development policies (for the Americas – Oct 2018, Panama; for Asia – Dec 2018, Bangkok) NA Read more


Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Comments on the Special Rapporteur’s Concept Note on the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders (to be sent to [email protected]) NA Concept Note EN / FR / ES


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 as part of his mandate.

His predecessor, Prof. Vitit Muntarbhorn, visited Argentina in March 2017. Check his report on this visit here: EN / FR / ES / AR / RU / ZH

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 you wish to engage with ILGA with regard to the Independent Expert’s fact-finding visit to your country, please contact us ([email protected]).


Country Current Status
Argentina* Visit conducted on 1-10 Mar 2017
Armenia* Request to postpone (17 April 2018)
Burkina Faso Visit request (26 Mar 2018)
Cambodia Visit request (26 Mar 2018)
Georgia* Visit to be conducted from 25 Sep to 5 Oct 2018 (18 Jul 2018)
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* Acceptance of visit request for December 2018 (12 Apr 2018)
Poland* Request to postpone (15 May 2018)
Sri Lanka* Proposal of dates – June 2019 (7 Aug 2018)
Thailand* Visit request (26 Mar 2018)
Ukraine* NEW! Visit to be conducted from 30 Apr to 10 May 2019 (22 Aug 2018)


* 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
Tunisia  Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association  17 to 28 Sep 2018
Malaysia Sale of children 24 Sep-1 Oct 2018
Egypt  Housing  24 Sep-3 Oct 2018
Poland  Cultural rights  24 Sep-5 Oct 2018
Italy Slavery 3-12 Oct 2018
Argentina  Freedom of expression  5-15 Oct 2018
Morocco Independence of judges and lawyers 24 Oct-1 Nov 2018
Canada  Health  29 Oct-9 Nov 2018
NEW! Germany Privacy 29 Oct-9 Nov 2018
Honduras  Discrimination against women  1-14 Nov 2018
United Kingdom  Extreme poverty  06-16 Nov 2018
NEW! Cape Verde Development 12-21 Nov 2018
NEW! Ecuador Indigenous people 19-29 Nov 2018
 Nepal  Violence against women  19-29 Nov 2018
NEW! Kuwait Disability 27 Nov-6 Dec 2018
Malaysia  Water and sanitation  21 Nov-4 Dec 2018
Egypt Foreign debt 3-12 Dec 2018
Poland  Discrimination against women  3-14 Dec 2018
Bhutan Arbitrary detention 14-25 Jan 2019
France  Housing  28 Jan-6 Feb 2019
NEW! Lesotho  Water and sanitation  4-15 Feb 2019
Malaysia  Extreme poverty  12-22 Aug 2019
NEW! Norway Disability 2-11 Oct 2019