SOGIESC issues at the UN Treaty Bodies (Jan-Mar 2020)
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Dear friends and fellow activists,
we are glad to share with you the latest issue of our UN Treaty Bodies quarterly reports, covering the period from January to March 2020.

These reports provide with main information on SOGIESC references made by UN Committees in their Lists of Issues and Concluding Observations under countries' periodic review process, as well as on the General Comments and Individual Complaints that were adopted.

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The complete list of our reports on Treaty Bodies sessions is available here.


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January - March 2020


SOGIESC-inclusive Concluding Observations


SOGIESC-inclusive Lists of Issues

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Central African Republic

Cook Islands

Costa Rica








Republic of Moldova









Czech Republic

Democratic Republic of the Congo













South Africa

Sri Lanka


United Kingdom




Treaty Bodies statements on COVID-19

This section contains information about statements released by Treaty Bodies in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic.





The Committee on the Rights of the Child warns of the grave physical, emotional and psychological effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and calls on States to protect the rights of children



Call for joint action in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic

 Guidance note on CEDAW and COVID-19


Statement on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and economic, social and cultural rights


Committee adopts statement on derogations from the Covenant in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, 24 April 2020

CRC – Committee on the Rights of the Child | CEDAW – Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women | CESCR – Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights HRCtee – Human Rights Committee 

: reference to LGBTI issues



Country-specific questions and recommendations

This section contains information about recommendations in Concluding Observations, as well as questions in Lists of Issues to specific countries under country periodic review process. [Bold] =  SOGIESC-inclusive questions or recommendation


Committee Session / PSWG



83rd Session: 20 Jan–07 Feb 2020

86th PSWG: 10–14 Feb 2020

84th Extraordinary Session: 02-06 Mar 2020

State reports:

Austria, Belarus, Costa Rica, Hungary, Rwanda, State of Palestine

Lists of Issues:


State reports:


Chile, Cuba, Djibouti, Gambia, Greece, Kiribati, Madagascar, Somalia, Zambia


Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Tuvalu


75th Session: 10 Feb–28 Feb 2020

77th PSWG: 02 –06 Mar 2020

State reports:

Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Eritrea, Kiribati, Latvia, Pakistan, Republic of Moldova, Zimbabwe

Lists of Issues:

Azerbaijan, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Senegal, South Africa, Ukraine, Yemen


67th Session: 17 Feb–06 Mar 2020

66th PSWG: 09 –13 Mar 2020

State reports:

Belgium, Benin, Guinea, Norway, Ukraine

Lists of Issues:

Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Italy, Uzbekistan


128th Session: 02–27 Mar 2020

State reports:

Central African Republic, Dominica, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan

Lists of Issues:

Burkina Faso, Haiti, Kenya, Montenegro, Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom

 PSWG – Pre-Sessional Working Group | CRC – Committee on the Rights of the Child | CEDAW – Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women | CESCR – Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights | CED – Committee on Enforced Disappearances | HRCtee – Human Rights Committee


The chart shows the Percentage of SOGIESC-inclusive Concluding Observations by Treaty Bodies (January-March 2020)

General comments

This section contains information about General Comments (General Recommendations) adopted by Treaty Bodies. These documents provide the Committees’ interpretation of the content of human rights provisions regarding thematic issues or methods of work.


General Recommendation


General Comment No. 25

on Article 15.1.b of the ICESCR (the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications)


Three references to SOGIESC:

●         States must adopt measures to enable all individuals and groups to enjoy the Right to Participate and to Enjoy the Benefits from Scientific Progress and its Applications (RPEBSPA) without discrimination, including on the grounds of SOGI (para. 25).

●         Special attention should be paid to certain groups who have experienced systemic discrimination in the enjoyment of their RPEBSPA, such as LGBTI persons (para. 28).

●         Obligation to protect: States must prevent non-state actors from interfering with the RBESPA when said actors prevent access to knowledge or discriminate on the basis of SOGI (para. 43).

 CESCR – Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights | ICESCR – International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights


Individual complaints

This section contains information about decisions made by the Committees on individual complaints. An individual complaint is a formal complaint - from an individual who claims that their rights under one of the treaties have been violated by a State party - which most of the Treaty Bodies are competent to consider.

Committee | Decision

Treaty’s articles | Issue | Result


O.N. and D.P. v. Russian Federation

Communication no. 119/2017

Decision of 24 Feb 2020

Arts. 1,  2 (b)—(g), 5(a) of the CEDAW Convention

Access to justice and effective remedy / violence and discrimination against women on the basis of their sexual orientation


 CEDAW – Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women | CEDAW Convention – Convention  on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women


Summary of sessions: country periodic reviews

This section contains more detailed information on SOGIESC questions, recommendations and follow-up reviews adopted by specific Committees under the country periodic review process. To see the summary of sessions, please download the full report.

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