Call for inputs: Report on colonialism and sexual orientation and gender identity

The Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (IE SOGI), Mr. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, will dedicate his report to the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly to the issue of the historic and ongoing impacts of colonialism on the enjoyment of human rights by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse (LGBT) persons.

The report will examine the past and present colonial regulation of sexual orientation and gender identity through laws, policies and practices, and how such regulation continues to impact the lives of LGBT persons, including through layers of cultural influence and social mores on concepts of gender and sexuality. This report will also explore the legal grounds and means available to reckon with the legacies of colonialism in the enjoyment of human rights by all people, including LGBT persons and communities. Finally, the report will account for the different legal or policy measures that have been adopted to recognize and provide reparation and redress for the impacts of colonialism on regulation of sexual orientation and gender identity at the regional or national levels.

The Independent Expert invites civil society organizations, academics, international organizations, national human rights institutions, activists, corporations, and others, to provide written inputs to the following questions for his thematic report. Inputs are welcome in relation to particular practices in States or territories, as well more general inputs concerning regions or the international community as a whole.

Responses should be submitted by 26 May 2023.

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