Info note on UN Special Procedures - October 2018

This is the 12th monthly info note by ILGA on UN Special Procedures and sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

This issue includes:

Call for inputs: Cultural rights; Development; Environment; Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; Human rights defenders; Privacy; Torture; Trafficking; Violence against women

Special Rapporteur on violence against women:
Call for femicide-related data and information –
by 15 November 2018

Upcoming country visits: Armenia; Bhutan; Canada; Cape Verde; Ecuador; Egypt; France; Germany; Honduras; Hungary; Kuwait; Laos; Lesotho; Malaysia; Morocco; Nepal; Norway; Poland; United Kingdom, Ukraine


Download the October 2018 info note on Special Procedures
as a PDF file


Call for inputs





Additional Info

Special Rapporteur on torture

Call for inputs – The relationship between torture and corruption (thematic report to be presented at the 40th HRC session in Feb/Mar 2019)

24 Oct 2018

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NEW! Special Rapporteur on the rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

Call for submissions – Country visit to Armenia (7-16 Nov 2018)

25 Oct 2018

Read more

NEW! Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

Call for submissions for upcoming report: 10th anniversary of the mandate in cultural rights

26 Oct 2018

Read more (EN, FR, ES)

Questionnaire EN / FR / ES

Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

Call for inputs – Country visit to Germany (29 Oct-9 Nov 2018)

26 Oct 2018

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NEW! Special Rapporteur on violence against women, it’s causes and consequences

Call for femicide related data and information – Support in accelerating efforts to prevent gender related killings of women

15 Nov 2018

Read more EN / ES

Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children

Call for submissions – Innovative and transformative models of social inclusion for victims of trafficking (thematic report to be presented at the 41st HRC session in Jun 2019)

15 Nov 2018

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NEW! Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment

Call for Inputs: Air Pollution and Human Rights (thematic report to be presented at the 40th HRC session in Feb/Mar 2019)


Read more

Special Rapporteur on the right to development

Discussions on human rights compliant development policies (for the Americas – Oct 2018, Panama; for Asia – Dec 2018, Bangkok)


Read more


Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders

Comments on the Special Rapporteur’s Concept Note on the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders (to be sent to [email protected])


Concept Note EN / FR / ES


Country visits by the Independent Expert on SOGI



The UN Independent Expert on SOGI, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, undertakes 1 to 3 fact-finding country visits per year as part of his mandate.

His predecessor, Prof. Vitit Muntarbhorn, visited Argentina in March 2017. Check his report on this visit here: EN / FR / ES / AR / RU / ZH

In March 2018, Victor Madrigal-Borloz made 12 country visit requests, and in this section you may find information about current status of the requests. Additionally, on 4 July 2018 Malta invited the Independent Expert to visit their country.

Up-to-date information about country visits may be found here.

If you wish to engage with ILGA with regard to the Independent Expert’s fact-finding visit to your country, please contact us ([email protected]).



Current Status


Visit conducted on 1-10 Mar 2017


Request to postpone (17 April 2018)

Burkina Faso

Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


NEW! Visit conducted on 25 Sep to 5 Oct 2018.
End of Mission Statement: EnglishGeorgian
Press Release: EnglishGeorgian


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Invitation Country Visit (4 Jul 2018)


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Acceptance of visit request for December 2018 (12 Apr 2018)


Request to postpone (15 May 2018)

Sri Lanka*

Proposal of dates – June 2019 (7 Aug 2018)


Visit request (26 Mar 2018)


Visit to be conducted from 30 Apr to 10 May 2019 (22 Aug 2018)


* 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, found in the OHCHR directory






Independence of judges and lawyers

24 Oct-1 Nov 2018



29 Oct-9 Nov 2018


 Discrimination against women 

1-14 Nov 2018

NEW! Canada


5-16 Nov 2018

United Kingdom

 Extreme poverty 

6-16 Nov 2018

NEW! Armenia

 Freedom of peaceful assembly and association 

7-16 Nov 2018

NEW! Hungary

Arbitrary detention

12-16 Nov 2018

Cape Verde


12-21 Nov 2018

NEW! Malaysia

 Water and sanitation 

14-27 Nov 2018


Indigenous people

19-29 Nov 2018


 Violence against women 

19-29 Nov 2018



27 Nov-6 Dec 2018


Foreign debt

3-12 Dec 2018


 Discrimination against women 

3-14 Dec 2018


Arbitrary detention

14-25 Jan 2019



28 Jan-6 Feb 2019


 Water and sanitation 

4-15 Feb 2019

NEW! Laos

 Extreme poverty 

18-29 March 2019


 Extreme poverty 

12-22 Aug 2019



2-11 Oct 2019

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