Info Note on UN Special Procedures - October 2019


This is the 24th 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: Water and sanitation; Privacy; Environment; Human rights defenders; Poverty; Food; Freedom of opinion and expression; Racism.

Upcoming country visits: Argentina, Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Malta, Mozambique, Nepal, Poland, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine.


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




Additional Info

Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation

Private Sector Participation: Online bilateral consultations on 18 and 25 Sep, and 2 and 19 Oct (sign-up), a questionnaire (will be available in early Oct), and other opportunities.

31 Dec 2019 (for the questionnaire)

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NEW!  Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

Consultation on Gender and Privacy (New York, 30-31 Oct 2019)



NEW! Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment

Researchathon on good practices in implementing the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

31 Oct 2019

Submission form
Info Note

NEW! Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders

Call for inputs for the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders the situation of human rights defenders operating in conflict and post-conflict situations.

31 Oct 2019

Concept Note
E | S | F | A
E | S | F | A

NEW! Special Rapporteur on poverty

Call for submission: Country visit to Spain (27 Jan – 7 Feb 2020).

1 Nov 2019

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NEW! Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Call for submission: Country visit to Zimbabwe (18-28 Nov 2019).

1 Nov 2019

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NEW! Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression

Call for submission: Country visit to Ethiopia (2-9 Dec 2019).

15 Nov 2019

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NEW! Special Rapporteur on racism

Call for submissions: Thematic report on new information technologies, racial equality, and non-discrimination

13 Dec 2019

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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.

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]).



Current Status


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


Request to postpone (17 April 2018)

Burkina Faso

Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


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


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Invitation Country Visit (4 Jul 2018)


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Visit conducted on 3-10 Dec 2018.
End of Mission Statement: EnglishPortuguese
Press Release: EnglishPortuguese
Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R        


Request to postpone (15 May 2018)

NEW! Sri Lanka*

Request to postpone to 2020 (2 October 2019).
Background note


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Visit conducted on 30 Apr to 10 May 2019.
End of Mission Statement: English
Press Release: EnglishRussian        


* 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.





African Descent

14-18 Oct 2019


 Violence against women 

14-21 Oct 2019

Republic of the Congo

Indigenous Peoples

14-24 Oct 2019


 Sale and sexual exploitation of children 

21-29 Oct 2019



28 Oct-8 Nov 2019


Arbitrary detention

3-14 Nov 2019

NEW! Iraq

Internally displaced persons

16-22 Nov 2019

NEW! Zimbabwe


18-28 Nov 2019

NEW! China

 Older persons 

23 Nov-3 Dec 2019



24 Nov - 1 Dec 2019

NEW! Fiji


28 Nov-3 Dec 2019


 Violence against women

29 Nov - 9 Dec 2019


 Water and sanitation

29 Nov - 12 Dec 2019

NEW! Ethiopia

 Freedom of opinion and expression

2-9 Dec 2019


Toxic waste

2-13 Dec 2019


Arbitrary detention

2-13 Dec 2019

NEW! Mali

Enforced disappearances

4-11 Dec 2019

NEW! Qatar


8-16 Dec 2019



13-20 Jan 2020


 Human rights defenders 

21 Jan - 3 Feb 2020



22-31 Jan 2020


 Extreme poverty 

27 Jan - 7 Feb 2020

NEW! Paraguay

 Sale of children

10-18 Feb 2020


 Freedom of religion 

26 Mar - 8 Apr 2020


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