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SOGI Conference 2013

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)


SOGI Conference


15-16 April. Iranti will be one of the 200 organisations participating in the Oslo conference on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI).

In June 2011, under the leadership of South Africa, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted resolution 17/19 – the first United Nations resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. This historic resolution was followed by a report from the High Commissioner for Human Rights addressing the responsibility of states to end violence and discriminatory laws and practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and a panel discussion was held in the Human Rights Council in March 2012.

There is now a need for further follow-up of resolution 17/19 to ensure continued Human Rights Council attention to human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. South Africa, Norway, Brazil and other friends of the resolution have therefore decided to reach out cross-regionally, through dialogue and engagement in a series of regional seminars, as a prelude to the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council.


This conference is co-hosted by the Norwegian and South Africa government. This conference will take place on the 15-16 April 2013, it is expected that 75 countries will be represented.



Resolution. Based on the conclusions of the report entitled ‘Discriminatory Laws and Practices and Acts of Violence against Individuals based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’ by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, the outcomes of the regional seminars recently held in Kathmandu, Paris and Brasilia, regional inputs from Africa, and the global dialogue in Oslo, which brought together more than 200 participants from 84 countries, we present the following summary of conclusions. Read more...


Sowing poisonous seeds in Zambia. Analysis of emerging issues in Zambia and the sudden increase in hate speech by Chivuli Ukwimi. A week after the European Union called for proposals from organisations in Zambia working on human rights, including the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals, the Minister of Home Affairs, Edgar Lungu, stated in an interview that the EU was promoting same-sex marriages in Zambia – sparking a storm of homophobic bigotry and hate-speech. Read more...


2012 statement (see video below). UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has called for a systematic response to homophobic violence and discrimination. This message was screened during a conference on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Oslo, Norway - held on 15-16 April 2012.


2011 statement (see video below). UN human rights chief Navi Pillay looks back at the evolution of the gay rights debate at the United Nations. International law requires States to eliminate discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, and to protect everyone from violent hate crimes. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is just that: it is universal and applies to us all -- whoever we are, whatever we look like, whoever we share our lives with.






SOGI Conference 2013

Human Rights Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity conference in Oslo, 15-16 April 2013


For more information go to the Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity website.


SOGI Related documents 2013

Secretary-General to the United Nations' message. Read the message...


United Nations Assistant Secretary-General's for Human Rights', Ivan Šimonović, message. Read the message....







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