ILGA World provides support for UN follow-up to groups from Belize, Bulgaria, Honduras, Lithuania, Mongolia and Sudan

ILGA World is implementing new activities to support follow-up actions on LGBTI recommendations from United Nations Treaty Bodies, as part of our United Nations Programme.

In 2020, we will support groups working on LGBTI follow-up recommendations[*] made by the UN Human Rights Committee.
Within the framework of these activities, we are inviting local LGBTI groups from Belize, Bulgaria, Honduras, Lithuania, Mongolia and Sudan to participate in follow-up review of their countries by the UN Human Rights Committee.


We are focusing on these six countries because in 2020 they have deadlines for NGO follow-up reports, and because previously the Human Rights Committee had made urgent SOGIESC recommendations on these six countries.

In 2020, civil society actors may submit their shadow reports for the follow-up review. In these reports, local human rights defenders may provide any information on implementation (or non-implementation) of the recommendations made by the Committee, including assessing the level of implemented recommendations by the State.

To see the LGBTI recommendations and timelines for follow-up processes for each of the countries, please click here.

We are pleased to provide technical and financial support for local LGBTI groups from the above-mentioned six countries, including:

  • webinars on the Human Rights Committee’s follow-up mechanism and shadow reporting
  • consultations and expert advice regarding data collection and report writing, which includes a template for shadow follow-up reports, feedback on planned activities and shadow reports
  • financial support in the amount of 2,000 CHF maximum for data collection and report writing.

Costs that can be covered by the financial support may include (but are not limited to):

  • postal expenses (e.g., for sending advocacy data requests to local authorities)
  • travelling and/or rental expenses (e.g., organising a meeting with local authorities or a community consultation)
  • honorarium for data collection and report writing
  • translation of shadow reports.

Who can apply for the financial support:

  • LGBTI groups (including those not having an official NGO status) based in Belize, Bulgaria, Honduras, Lithuania, Mongolia or Sudan;

Priority in the selection process will be given to:

  • coalitions consisted of two or more groups;
  • groups or coalitions including groups who were involved in the previous review of the country by the Human Rights Committee;
  • groups or coalitions including groups representing LBQ women, trans or intersex persons, or LGBTI persons facing multiple forms of discrimination (e.g., LGBTI persons with disabilities, LGBTI migrants, LGBTI persons from ethnic minorities, etc);
  • ILGA World members.

Groups receiving support from ILGA World under this project will have to submit a shadow follow-up report to the Human Rights Committee under a deadline.
An example of NGO shadow report could be seen here.

Deadlines for shadow reports are:

    • 27 April 2020 – Mongolia
    • 27 July 2020 – Lithuania
    • 10 August 2020 – Honduras
    • 2 November 2020 – Belize, Bulgaria and Sudan

How to apply:

Please send ILGA World your proposal (up to 2,000 words, in English or Spanish) describing:

  • activities you want to organise in order to collect data and prepare a shadow report for follow-up review of your country
  • brief description of any data related to the Human Rights Committee’s recommendations you already have
  • your draft budget
  • the list of groups participating in the activities - including their names, brief description and contact details.

The proposals should be sent to by 14 February 2020 at 17:00 Central European Time.
Please indicate “Human Rights Committee Follow-up <your country>” in the subject of the email. 

We will consider all the proposals and will inform successful groups by 20 February 2020.
Webinars on follow-up activities and reports will be held in the week of 24-28 February 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the project, please feel free to address them to Kseniya Kirichenko, ILGA World’s Senior Officer on Women and UN Advocacy (


[*] Follow-up recommendations are a few (usually two or three) urgent recommendations selected by Treaty Bodies among the list of recommendations adopted periodically (these lists called “Concluding Observations”). On the follow-up recommendations, states have to provide reports in two years (compared to four or five years for other recommendations). Civil society can also submit their information on the level of implementation of the follow-up recommendations by states.

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