Dear National Human Rights Institutions,
In accordance with my mandate as Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, pursuant Human Rights Council 32/2, I intend to present a thematic report at the 72nd session of the General Assembly, which will provide a detailed analysis of the six (6) underpinnings mentioned in my first thematic report to the 35th Session of Human Rights Council (A/HRC/35/36, paragraphs 52 to 61, available at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/SexualOrientationGender/Pages/AnnualReports.aspx ).
The six underpinnings are the following:
i) decriminalization of consensual same-sex relations;
ii) effective anti-discrimination measures;
iii) legal recognition of gender identity;
iv) destigmatization linked with depathologization;
v) sociocultural inclusion; and
vi) promotion of education and empathy.
To this end, and as a first step, I am seeking views and inputs from relevant stakeholders, including National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), and I kindly invite you to:
1. Provide any information and statitistics (including surveys, censuses, administrative data, legal and policy documents, reports and studies) regarding the six underpinnings mentioned above, with particular focus on the following areas:
(a) current situation in the country(ies)/region(s);
(b) key laws, policies and practices, including good practices;
(c) legal cases, including court judgements.
2. Provide information in relation to any innovative initiatives that have been taken at the local, national or regional level to ensure effective protection from violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and identify lessons learned from such initiatives.
Responses to the questions above can be submitted in English, French or Spanish, and in WORD format.
I would be particularly grateful to receive the information requested at your earliest convenience, and preferably by 5 June 2017 at the latest. Responses may be addressed to the Independent Expert at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and can be submitted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For any further question or clarification, please do not hesitate to have your office contact me through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Ms. Catherine de Preux De Baets, telephone: 022 917 9327, email: email@example.com or Mr. Damianos Serefidis, telephone: 022 917 9681, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination
based on sexual orientation and gender identity