Info Note on UN Special Procedures (December 2023): Calls for input and upcoming country visits

 

This is the 73rd monthly info note by ILGA World on UN Special Procedures: call for inputs and upcoming country visits.

This issue includes:

Calls for input: Enforced disappearances; Extreme poverty; Freedom of expression; Housing; Unilateral coercive measures; Violence against women

Upcoming country visits: Algeria; Bahamas; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Philippines; Jordan; The Netherlands; Mauritius; Peru; Tunisia; Ukraine; Venezuela

 

Calls for input

Mandate

Call

Deadline

Additional info

Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures

Calls for contributions for the Sanctions Research Platform

01 Jan 2024

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Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty

Call for contributions: "Eradicating poverty in a post-growth context: preparing for the next Development Goals" (to be presented at the HRC 56)

15 Jan 2024

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NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression

Call for contributions from the mandate for the country visit to the Philippines (to be presented at HRC 59)

15 Jan 2024

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NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on violence against women

Call for contributions for report on prostitution and violence against women and girls (to be presented at the HRC 56)

31 Jan 2024

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NEW!!! Working Group on Enforced Disappearances

 Call for contributions for study on “Elections and Enforced Disappearances” (to be presented at HRC 57) 

15 Feb 2024

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NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures

Call for contributions for report on “Access to justice in the face of unilateral sanctions and over-compliance” (to be presented at GA 79)

28 Feb 2024

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NEW!!! Special Rapporteur on housing

Call for contributions: “Resettlement as a human rights issue” (to be presented at HRC 55 and GA 79)

31 Mar 2024

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Questionnaire: EN | SP | FR

 

: requests information on LGBTI persons

 

Country visits by the Independent Expert on SOGI

 

The President of the UN Human Rights Council has appointed Graeme Reid as the incoming holder of the mandate of the Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). He took on the role on 1st of November 2023. For more information have a look at our article at this link.

 

Graeme Reid is the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The UN Independent Expert on SOGI undertakes 1 to 3 fact-finding country visits per year.

The former Independent Expert, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, visited Cambodia in 2023, the United States of America in 2022, Tunisia in 2021, Ukraine in 2019, and Georgia and Mozambique in 2018. In 2017, his predecessor Prof. Vitit Muntarbhorn visited Argentina.

In March 2018, the former Independent Expert 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 Fiji and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (both 24 May 2022).

In this section, you may find information about the 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: EnglishSpanish

Press Release: EnglishSpanish

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

Visit conducted on 10–20 Jan 2023.

End of Mission Statement: English

Press Release: English

Colombia*

Request to postpone (7 Apr 2020)

Fiji*

 Visit request (24 May 2022)

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)

     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

Nepal

Reminder visit request – for 2020 (7 Jan 2020)

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

Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R

Ukraine*

Visit conducted on 30 Apr to 10 May 2019.

End of Mission Statement: EnglishUkrainian

Press Release: EnglishRussianUkrainian

Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*

Accepting dates: 24 Apr – 5 May 2023 (6 Feb 2023)

End of Mission Statement: English

United States of America*

Visit conducted on 15 - 26 Aug 2022

End of Mission Statement: English

Press Release: English

 

* 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 to support the visits, please contact the respective mandate-holders at their e-mail addresses, available here

 

Country

Mandate

Dates

POSTPONED!!!  Singapore

Terrorism

12 – 19 Jul 2021

POSTPONED!!!  Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mercenaries

3 – 11 Oct 2021

POSTPONED!!!  Mozambique

 Summary executions

6 – 21 Nov 2021

POSTPONED!!! Russian Federation

Minority issues

1 – 18 Apr 2022

POSTPONED!!! Costa Rica

 Minority issues

4 – 16 May 2023

Peru

 Health

TBC 2023/2024

Mauritius

Privacy

27 Nov – 4 Dec 2023

Bahamas

Arbitrary Detention

27 Nov – 8 Dec 2023

Algeria

 Human rights defenders

27 Nov – 8 Dec 2023

NEW!!! Ukraine

 Summary executions

4 – 15 Dec 2023

The Netherlands

Housing

11 – 21 Dec 2023

Tunisia

 Business enterprises

1 Jan – 31 Mar 2024

Philippines

 Freedom of expression

23 Jan – 2 Feb 2024

Venezuela

Food

1 – 14 Feb 2024

Chile

 Cultural Rights

25 Mar – 5 Apr 2024

NEW!!! Canada

Water and sanitation

8 – 19 Apr 2024

Canada

Arbitrary Detention

13 – 24 May 2024

Jordan

 Cultural Rights

20 – 31 May 2024

Burkina Faso

 Trafficking

10 Jul – 19 Jul 2024

Chile

Independence of judges and lawyers

29 Jul – 9 Aug 2024

Colombia

 Business enterprises

29 Jul – 9 Aug 2024

Chile

 Health

21 Nov – 4 Dec 2024

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