Info Note on UN Special Procedures - December 2019


This is the 26th monthly info note by ILGA World on UN Special Procedures and sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

This issue includes:

Call for inputs: Independent Expert on SOGI; Food; Racism; Indigenous Peoples; Right to truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence; Water and sanitation.

Upcoming country visits: Botswana, Costa Rica, Ialy, Malaysia, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Spain.


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 Call for inputs by the Independent Expert on SOGI 



The UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Borloz-Madrigal, has issued a call for inputs to his upcoming thematic report: on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity with focus on practices of so-called “conversion therapy”, to be presented at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council from 15 June 2020 to 03 July 2020. 

The report will explore the human rights implications of these practices and interrogate their relationship with violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It will discuss the forms and scope of “conversion therapy” as it is practiced across the globe, its impact on the persons that are subjected to it, measures adopted to prevent its practice and to penalize or prosecute those who perform it, and remedies provided to injured parties.

To inform the report, the IE on SOGI is seeking inputs with information, data and views from all relevant stakeholders, such as Member States, civil society organizations, including medical and religious associations, National Human Rights Institutions, United Nations agencies, regional institutions, corporate entities, etc.

To guide the report, the Independent Expert has requested input by filling it a questionnaire available in these links:

Read the full call and questions here: English | Français | Español | Русский*

The deadline for submissions is 21 Dec 2019.

Responses may be submitted in English, French or Spanish (preferably), or Russian, Arabic or Chinese. Responses should be submitted in Word format.

* Translation into Russian is unofficial.



Call for inputs




Additional Info

Special Rapporteur on racism

Call for submissions: Thematic report on new information technologies, racial equality, and non-discrimination

13 Dec 2019

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NEW! Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Call for inputs: country visit to Italy (20 to 31 Jan 2020)

30 Dec 2019

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NEW! Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Call for submissions: analyse and assess the progressively realization of the right to food.

30 Dec 2019

Read more

NEW! Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples

Call for input: Report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Asia

31 Dec 2019

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NEW! Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence

Call for submissions: practices and lessons learned in relation to the adoption of memorialization processes

6 Jan 2020

Read More


NEW! Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation

Call for input: report to the UN General Assembly on privatization and the human rights to water and sanitation

31 Jan 2020




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Country visits by the Independent Expert on SOGI



UN Independent Expert on SOGI, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, undertakes 1 to 3 fact-finding country visits per year.

He visited Ukraine in 2019, and Georgia and Mozambique in 2018. In 2017, his predecessor Prof. Vitit Muntarbhorn visited Argentina.

In March 2018, Victor Madrigal-Borloz made 12 country visit requests. On 4 July 2018 Malta invited the Independent Expert to visit their country. On 8 October 2019 the Independent Expert requested a visit to Japan, and on 19 November 2019 to Tunisia.

In this section, you may find information about current status of the requests. Up-to-date information about country visits may be found here.

If your country is planned for the Independent Expert’s visit and you wish to engage with ILGA on this, please contact us ([email protected]).



Current Status


Visit conducted on 1-10 Mar 2017.
End of Mission Statement: EnglishSpanish
Press Release: EnglishSpanish
Country visit report: E / FSACR


Request to postpone (17 April 2018)

Burkina Faso

Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Visit conducted on 25 Sep to 5 Oct 2018.
End of Mission Statement: EnglishGeorgian
Press Release: EnglishGeorgian
Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)

NEW! Japan*

Visit request for second half of 2020 (8 Oct 2019)


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Invitation Country Visit (4 Jul 2018)


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Visit conducted on 3-10 Dec 2018.
End of Mission Statement: EnglishPortuguese
Press Release: EnglishPortuguese
Country visit report: E / F / S / A / C / R        


Request to postpone (15 May 2018)

Sri Lanka*

Request to postpone to 2020 (2 Oct 2019).
Background note


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)

NEW! Tunisia*

Visit request from 6-17 Apr 2020 (19 Nov 2019)


Visit conducted on 30 Apr to 10 May 2019.
End of Mission Statement: English
Press Release: EnglishRussian        


* Countries with standing invitations. A standing invitation is an open invitation extended by a Government to all thematic special procedures. By extending a standing invitation States announce that they will always accept requests to visit from all Special Procedures.



Upcoming country visits by other mandates

This information is regularly updated by the OHCHR here. To find out how you can support the visits, please contact the respective mandate-holder at their email, available here.






8-16 Dec 2019



13-20 Jan 2020



20-31 Jan 2020


 Human rights defenders 

21 Jan - 3 Feb 2020


 Extreme poverty 

27 Jan - 7 Feb 2020


 African Descent 

5 Feb - 4 Mar 2020


 Sale of children

10-18 Feb 2020

NEW! Costa Rica

International solidarity

16-27 Mar 2020

NEW! Botswana


16 Mar - 3 Apr 2020


 Freedom of religion 

26 Mar - 8 Apr 2020

NEW! Romania

 Discrimination against women 

26 Mar - 8 Apr 2020


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