Monday 3 October 2016
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the creation of the office of United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. International human rights expert, Vitit Muntarbhorn, was officially appointed during the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday 30 September 2016, and holds tenure for three years.
According to UN resolution A/HRC/32/L.2/Rev.1,the mandate of the Independent Expert will include:
The Independent Expert will report annually to the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly.
In relation to the appointment, IBAHRI Co-Chair Baroness Helena Kennedy QC commented, ‘This marks a significant moment in the history of the fight for rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and in the history of the United Nations. The appointment of Vitit Muntarbhorn as the first UN Independent Expert for the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is only the beginning, but it is an important one, recognising at UN-level the need for the protection of the rights of individuals in these groups.’ She added: ‘At the IBAHRI, we will ensure that wherever possible we will support the work of the Independent Expert to ensure progress continues on these very important issues.’
A statement aiming to set a new agenda for the international human rights community was delivered by the IBAHRI at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council. It called on the UN Human Rights Council to address the:
The IBAHRI hopes that these main areas will receive priority attention from the Independent Expert.
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