SOGIESC issues at the UN Treaty Bodies (Jul-Sep 2020)


Dear friends and fellow activists,
we are glad to share with you the latest issue of our UN Treaty Bodies quarterly reports, covering the period from July to September 2020.

These reports provide with main information on SOGIESC references made by UN Committees in their Lists of Issues and Concluding Observations under countries' periodic review process, as well as on the General Comments and Individual Complaints that were adopted.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this Quarterly Report or engagement with Treaty Bodies, please contact us on [email protected].
The complete list of our reports on Treaty Bodies sessions is available here.


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July - September 2020


SOGIESC-inclusive Concluding Observations


SOGIESC-inclusive Lists of Issues

Þ     Check LGBTI recommendations to your country

Þ     Organize follow-up activities to inform your community about recommendations and to encourage your government to implement the recommendations


Þ     See what information was requested from your country before the formulation of recommendations

Þ     Collect information and provide your comments to inform Treaty Bodies’ future recommendations

No Concluding Observations were adopted during this period due to the COVID-19 pandemic




Burkina Faso






Hong Kong, China




Macau, China




Russian Federation




Country-specific questions and recommendations

This section contains information about recommendations in Concluding Observations, as well as questions in Lists of Issues to specific countries under country periodic review process. [Bold] =  SOGIESC-inclusive questions or recommendation


Committee Session / PSWG



129th  Session: 29 Jun –24 Jul 2020

List of Issues:

Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Hong Kong, China, Macau, China, Congo, Gabon, Guyana, Indonesia, Iraq, Panama, Qatar, Russian Federation


78th PSWG: 13 – 17 Jul 2020


Lists of Issues:

Bolivia, Indonesia, Norway, Peru, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Sudan, Uzbekistan


14th PSWG: 07 - 10 Sep 2020

Lists of Issues:  

Andorra, Bahrain, Burkina Faso, Chile, Israel, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Togo, Zambia


19th Online Session: 07 – 25 Sep 2020

Lists of Issues:  

Czech Republic, Greece, Mali, Niger

 PSWG – Pre-Sessional Working Group | CRC – Committee on the Rights of the Child | CEDAW – Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women | CESCR – Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights | CED – Committee on Enforced Disappearances | HRCtee – Human Rights Committee



General comments

This section contains information about General Comments (General Recommendations) adopted by Treaty Bodies. These documents provide the Committees’ interpretation of the content of human rights provisions regarding thematic issues or methods of work.


General Recommendation


General Comment No. 37

on Article 21 of the ICCPR (the right of peaceful assembly)


Two references to SOGIESC:

●         States must ensure that laws and their interpretation and application do not result in discrimination in the enjoyment of the right of peaceful assembly, for example on the basis of […] sexual orientation and gender identity (para. 25).

●         Restrictions on peaceful assemblies should only exceptionally be imposed for the protection of “morals”. […] Restrictions based on this ground may not, for instance, be imposed because of opposition to expressions of sexual orientation or gender identity.  (para. 46).


Draft General Comment No. 25

on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment


●        Specific groups of children may require particular measures to prevent discrimination, […] this includes LGBTI children. […] This is because, for such groups, the digital environment may both provide unique access to vital resources, and also it may present heightened risks. (para. 12).



Individual complaints

This section contains information about decisions made by the Committees on individual complaints. An individual complaint is a formal complaint - from an individual who claims that their rights under one of the treaties have been violated by a State party - which most of the Treaty Bodies are competent to consider.

Committee | Decision

Treaty’s articles | Issue | Result

 No decisions on SOGIESC were made in July - September 2020


Summary of sessions: country periodic reviews

This section contains more detailed information on SOGIESC questions, recommendations and follow-up reviews adopted by specific Committees under the country periodic review process. To see the summary of sessions, please download the full report.

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