Info Note on UN Special Procedures - November 2021
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This is the 48th 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: African descent; Business enterprises; Disability; Extreme poverty; Housing; Independence of judges and lawyers; Minority issues; Sale of children; Violence against women; Water and sanitation

Upcoming country visits: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Hungary, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Maldives, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United States of America

 

Special Rapporteur on violence against women: focus on SOGIESC

 

Ms. Reem Alsalem delivering her first statement
to the UN General Assembly (photo via UN Web TV)

In July 2021, Ms. Reem Alsalem (Jordan) was appointed a new UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women for a three-year tenure. One of the five priorities for her upcoming work will be the intersections between gender-based violence against women, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

“For many women and girls, the fact that they live outside patriarchal norms related to heteronormativity and gender norms, puts them at increased risk of gender-based violence. Yet, the violence they face is still not taken as seriously as it should be. They require a more assertive response by Member States and others in fulfilment of their international human rights obligations,stated Ms. Alsalem approaching the UN General Assembly on 5 October 2021.

Ms. Alsalem will make her first fact-finding mission to Mongolia, and it has been tentatively scheduled from 29 November to 8 December 2021. Civil society groups interested in providing the Special Rapporteur with information on violence against women, particularly LBTI women, may send their submissions by 22 November 2021 to OHCHR-vaw@un.org (2,500 words maximum). More information on the call here.

If you need support from ILGA World, please contact Kseniya Kirichenko, UN Programme Manager, at kseniya@ilga.org.

 

Call for inputs

 

Mandate

Call

Deadline

Additional Info

NEW!!!  Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

Call for inputs: Report on Artificial Intelligence and the rights of persons with disabilities (to be presented at the HRC 49 in Mar 2022)

3 Nov 2021

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Questionnaire
EN 

NEW!!!  Special Rapporteur on minority issues

Call for inputs: Country visit to the United States of America (planned from 8 to 22 Nov 2021), on the human rights situation of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities

7 Nov 2021

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NEW!!!  Special Rapporteur on  the sale and sexual exploitation of children

Call for inputs: Report on a practical approach to addressing the sale and sexual exploitation of children (to be presented at the HRC 49)

10 Nov 2021

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NEW!!!  Working Group on business and human rights

Call for inputs: Information note to examine links between corporate political engagement practices and responsible business conduct

18 Nov 2021

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NEW!!!  Special Rapporteur on violence against women

Call for inputs: To inform the Special Rapporteur’s Country visit to Mongolia (planned from 29 Nov to 8 Dec 2021)

22 Nov 2021

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Working Group of experts on people of African descent

 

Call for inputs: Country visit to Portugal (planned in Nov 2021)

22 Nov 2021

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Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing

and

Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

 

Call for inputs: Overview on laws and regulations at national, federal state or local level that prohibit or sanction begging, staying, sleeping, easting or undertaking any other life sustaining activities in public spaces

 

30 Nov 2021

 

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NEW!!!  Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

Call for inputs: Report on undue interferences lawyers face in the free and independent exercise of the legal profession (to be presented at the HRC 50 in Jun 2022)

6 Dec 2021

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Questionnaire
EN | ES | FR

Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

Call for inputs: Social protection: a reality check (to be presented at the HRC 50)

20 Dec 2021

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NEW!!!  Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation

Call for inputs: Reports on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation of indigenous peoples (to be presented at the HRC 51 in Sep 2022); and people living in impoverished rural areas (to be presented to the 77th session of the General Assembly in Oct 2022).

31 Dec 2021

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Questionnaire
EN | ES | FR

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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), Cambodia (28 March 2020), and the United States of America (26 July 2021).

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 (kseniya@ilga.org).

 

Country

Current Status

Argentina*

Visit conducted on 1-10 Mar 2017.
End of Mission Statement: EnglishSpanish
Press Release: EnglishSpanish
Country visit report: E / FSACR

Armenia*

Request to postpone (17 Apr 2018)

Burkina Faso

Reminder visit request – for 2021 (17 Jan 2020)

Cambodia

Proposed dates September 2021 (14 Dec 2020)

Colombia*

Request to postpone (7 Apr 2020)

Georgia*

Visit conducted on 25 Sep to 5 Oct 2018.
End of Mission Statement: EnglishGeorgian
Press Release: EnglishGeorgian
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: EnglishPortuguese
Press Release: EnglishPortuguese
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)

 Tunisia*

Visit conducted on 8 -18 Jun 2021
End of Mission Statement: EnglishArabicFrench
Press Release: EnglishArabicFrench

Ukraine*

Visit conducted on 30 Apr to 10 May 2019.
End of Mission Statement: English - Ukrainian
Press Release: EnglishRussian - Ukrainian
Country visit report: E / FSACR

NEW!!!  United States of America*

Visit request – for the fourth quarter of 2022 (26 Jul 2021)

* 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

POSTPONED!!! Mexico

Internally displaced persons

15 - 27 Mar 2021

POSTPONED!!! Paraguay

Minority Issues

24 May - 4 Jun 2021

POSTPONED!!! Cyprus

Disappearances

21 - 30 Jun 2021

POSTPONED!!!  Singapore

Terrorism

12-19 Jul 2021

POSTPONED!!!  Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mercenaries

3-11 Oct 2021

Portugal

African Descent

Nov 2021 TBC

Lebanon

 Extreme poverty 

1-12 Nov 2021

POSTPONED!!!  Kyrgyzstan

 Extreme poverty 

1-12 Nov 2021

POSTPONED!!!  Mozambique

  Summary Executions 

6 Nov- 21 Nov 2021

United States of America

Minority Issues

8-19 Nov 2021

Hungary

 Freedom of expression 

15- 22 Nov 2021

Serbia

 Freedom of expression 

15 - 24 Nov 2021

Nepal

 Extreme poverty 

22 Nov-3 Dec 2021

NEW!!!  Sri Lanka

Slavery

26 Nov - 3 Dec 2021

NEW!!!  Mongolia

 Violence against women 

29 Nov- 8 Dec 2021

NEW!!!  Maldives

Arbitrary detention

29 Nov- 10 Dec 2021

 Italy

Hazardous substances and wastes

30 Nov - 13 Dec 2021

NEW!!!  Serbia

Truth

6-10 Dec 2021

NEW!!!  Mauritania

Slavery

4 - 13 May 2022

 Ethiopia

 Extreme poverty 

7-18 Nov 2022

 Pakistan

 Extreme poverty 

5-16 Dec 2022

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