Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) and the African block, yet again.

This probably arrives too late for the requested action, but knowledge is power.

In June this year, 628 organisations from 152 countries joined a statement asking the United Nations Human Rights Council to create a Special Procedure: an Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). The mandate was brought into existence by a vote of the 47-member Human Rights Council, and in September Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn from Thailand was appointed to fill the position.

In November, a group of States tabled a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly 3rd Committee in New York that threatens to undermine the creation of this mandate. This threat is to the integrity of the human rights framework and its impact goes far beyond the SOGI Independent Expert, setting a dangerous precedent for other parts of the human rights system to be undermined.

Eight Latin American States have filed an amendment to the resolution that will safeguard the mandate and protect the human rights system.

Therefore, once again we need to join our voices and call on the 193 member States of the United Nations to protect human rights for all with no distinctions and oppose the resolution being brought by the African Group and support the amendment being brought by the Latin American States. [Read more here]


  1. says

    Cynics might say expediency prevailed. I prefer to say fairness prevailed. Though, granted, it’s only one chip off the bloc, but a very prominent chip it is.

    Even if only one small chip off a very large African bloc, it’s still heartening to know that fairness can still trump colour, it can still trump common historical experience and it can still trump regional affiliation.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *