How does ILGA engage with the Special Procedures?
Our work enables Special Procedures to examine, monitor, advise, and publicly report on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) issues, and on the situation of LGBTI persons across a wide range of human rights.
ILGA supports the Special Procedures system by submitting information and reports on particular themes that relate closely to SOGIESC issues.
ILGA notifies local LGBTI organisations about upcoming country visits by Special Procedures.
We work with these organisations to ensure that mandate holders are able to meet with them and receive information that is relevant to their mandate.
Meetings with mandate holders
ILGA meets with mandate holders and their teams throughout the year to provide input and guidance on their work, as well as to remain informed of the themes of Special Procedures’ upcoming reports.
On an ongoing basis, we share information with our members and partners on upcoming opportunities to engage with the Special Procedures.
Additionally, when human rights defenders are in Geneva, ILGA organises meetings for them with relevant Special Procedures, staff of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Permanent Missions and non-governmental organisations.
Some examples of our work with the UN Special Procedures
THE INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY
- July 2016 Guidance prepared by civil society for the UN consultative group on criteria for selection of candidates for the position of independent expert on SOGI.
The document was prepared by Sheherezade Kara and endorsed by the following civil society organizations: COC Netherlands, FOR-SOGI (Thailand), GALANG Philippines, ILGA, International Commission of Jurists, Iranti-org (South Africa), LGBT Denmark, Pacific Sexuality Diversity Network, PILIPINA Legal Resources Center, RFSL (Sweden) and Tonga Leitis Association.
- Compilation of the Adoption of the 2016 SOGI Resolution, compiled by ARC International and ILGA
- Statement at the Public consultation with the UN SOGI Independent Expert, January 2017
THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHT TO HEALTH
THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHT TO ADEQUATE HOUSING
- Submission on the link between homelessness and the enjoyment of the right to adequate housing in regard to LGBTI persons.
THE WORKING GROUP ON THE ISSUE OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN IN LAW AND PRACTICE (WGDAW)
Additionally, the UN Programme collaborated with other organisations to urge several Special Procedures to make a statement regarding the resolution on the Protection of the Family. The letter by four mandate holders to the President of the Human Rights Council expressed deep concerns regarding the resolution’s conflicts with international human rights law. ILGA later made a Submission to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to provide input on Human Rights Council resolution 29/22 on the protection of the family.
Letters from ILGA to the consultative group
(June 2017) Letter in relation to proposed criteria for selection and appointment of members for the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice.
(May 2017) Letter in relation to the appointment of four Special Procedure mandate holders at the Human Rights Council’s 35th regular session.
* The Consultative Group is the body which provides recommendations to the Human Rights Council for Special Procedure Mandate holders
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