ILGA led a campaign for this position to be established. Renowned international human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn from Thailand was also appointed by the Human Rights Council and took up the position on 1 November, already starting work on this important mandate.
Now, a group of States at the UN General Assembly in New York is seeking to turn back the clock, and has tabled a draft resolution to defer action on the Human Rights Council resolution establishing the expert position - indefinitely.
A vote is likely to happen very soon, and we urgently need your help!
Each year, the General Assembly’s Third Committee considers the annual report of the Human Rights Council. This year, that report includes the Council resolution creating the SOGI mandate. The African Group has just tabled a hostile resolution, questioning the legal basis of the mandate and seeking to indefinitely defer action on the SOGI resolution.
This would not only be very harmful to anti-violence and non-discrimination efforts in relation to LGBT persons, but would also undermine the core principle that LGBT persons are human beings entitled to all human rights under international human rights law.
Such a move would also be destructive to the institutional integrity of the Human Rights Council, and its relationship with the UN’s Third Committee, and undermine faith in the human rights system.
The African Group’s proposed resolution will be voted very soon in New York.
IMPORTANT: All 193 member States of the UN can vote in this vote and with such strong opposition every vote counts!! Remember that in the General Assembly each vote has equal weight: a vote by Liechtenstein or Lesotho has the same weight as one by Russia or the US.
Please act now to contact your government’s Foreign Ministry in your capital and also your Ambassador in New York and urge them to:
Contact details for the Foreign Ministry of your country can be found at http://www.ediplomat.com/dc/foreign_ministries.htm
A list of the New York Mission of your government is available at http://www.un.org/en/member-states/index.html
Here you can find a Backgrounder with further details which you can share with permanent missions, government representatives and civil society friends.