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By Charlotte Robinson, July 14, 2019
The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to renew the second three-year term mandate of Victor Madrigal-Borloz the U.N. Independent Expert on protection against violence & discrimination based on sexual orientation & gender identity (IE SOGI). The resolution passed 27 to 12 with 7 abstentions during the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Jean Freedberg HRC Director of Global Partnerships stated, “As LGBTQ people around the world face unprecedented challenges & the rolling back of previously secured protections -- including by the Trump-Pence administration in the United States -- it is heartening that the United Nations has taken this bold step once again to protect our communities from violence & discrimination. Today’s vote ensures that the vital work begun by Vitit Muntabhorn & Victor Madrigal-Borloz on behalf of LGBTQ people will continue & that countries will be held accountable to protect their LGBTQ citizens. Yet even as we celebrate this victory, there is so much more to be done to truly protect even the most vulnerable among us, including transgender & intersex people & to advance our path towards full equality.” Established in 2016 by the U.N. Human Rights Council, the IE SOGI, working collaboratively with U.N. & regional leaders has helped nations develop policies & actions to protect people from discrimination & violence based on sexual orientation & gender identity. The Independent Expert oversees the implementation of international human rights law, raises awareness, engages in dialogue with stakeholders & provides advisory & technical assistance.
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