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HRC session 55 (February – April 2024) – ILGA World’s engagement

55th session of the UN Human Rights Council

How will the 55th session of the UN Human Rights Council address the human rights of LGBTI people worldwide? Watch this video to hear more from the ILGA World team (follow this link to read a transcription of the video)

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Statements

Item 3 – Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

 

 

During the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, we celebrated her recent report on her visit to Germany, with strong recommendations on LGBTI issues. We particularly value her calls to the German government to amplify efforts to end anti-LGBTI discrimination, promote positive LGBTI media representation, and highlight the contributions of LGBTI persons, migrants, refugees and other minorities to the German cultural heritage.

We also encouraged the Special Rapporteur to explore the worrying increase of discriminatory policies to restrict transgender and intersex people’s participation in sports, and to look into the recent rise of hate speech and censorship against LGBTI people who are ethnic and religious minorities.

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Item 3 – Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

 

 

During the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Torture, we welcomed the recognition of the need for gender-responsive policies in detention but expressed concern about the lack of explicit references to LGBTI people in both of her recent reports, focusing on good practices in prison management and on the armed conflict in Ukraine.

We highlighted how housing policies must affirm the gender identity of trans prisoners to protect them from violence, and how discriminatory policies supposedly aiming to protect them — such as prolonged solitary confinement — amount to torture and should be prohibited.

We also called on the Special Rapporteur to engage Ukrainian LGBTI organisations and human rights defenders working with LGBTI survivors of rape and sexual violence and other forms of torture.

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Annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities

 

 

During the Annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities, we highlighted the importance of creating and implementing gender-responsive support and care systems to ensure that LGBTI persons with disabilities are not left behind.

We also pointed out how LGBTI persons with disabilities are even more vulnerable to violence and exclusion in specific contexts — like detention, conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies.

 

Item 4 – Human rights situations that require urgent attention

 

We took the floor at the Human Rights Council to address some of the human rights situations affecting LGBTI people requiring urgent attention. Among them: the sentencing of over 40 individuals to death, flogging, or prison for same-sex conduct in Yemen, the passage of the Anti-LGBTI bill in Ghana, Russia ruling to recognise the “international public LGBT movement” as “extremist”, and the arrest and indefinite suspension of the trial of a lesbian activist in Argentina.

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