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Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, without distinction of any kind. Yet in all regions of the world, there are acts of violence and discrimination committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
To address this concern, the UN Human Rights Council created the mandate of Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (also referred to as the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, or the "IE SOGI").
Created through Human Rights Council resolution 32/2 in June 2016 for an initial period of three years, the mandate was renewed in June 2019 under resolution 41/18 and in July 2022 under resolution 50/10.
Graeme Reid In late 2023, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Mr. Graeme Reid as UN Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for a three-year period starting on 1 November 2023. In this capacity, he assesses the implementation of international human rights law, raises awareness, engages in dialogue with all relevant stakeholders, and provides advisory services, technical assistance, capacity-building to help address violence and discrimination against persons on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Work Plan 2021-2023
Right to health and SDG3 – key findings (2022)
Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding – key findings (2022)
Socio-cultural and economic inclusion – key findings (2019)
Data collection and management – key findings (2019)
Gender identity – key findings (2018)
Joint policy position on the participation of LGBT persons in cultural life, from the Special rapporteur and the Independent Expert on Protection Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
27 October 2023
Joint Statement on LGBT Persons with Disabilities
24 October 2023
Statement of the IE SOGI during the Security Council’s Arria Formula Meeting on “Integrating the Human Rights of LGBT Persons into the Security Council’s Mandate for Maintaining International Peace and Security.”
20 March 2023
Watch the recording of the statement on UN Web TV.
28 October 2022
GA Third Committee, Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IE SOGI)
2 June 2020
Mandate and work of the Independent Expert explained in English, with subtitled versions
Watch the video (العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español)
Watch the short version (العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español)