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The Special Procedures latest communications report to the 37th session of the Human Rights Council provides summaries of communications for the period 1 June to 30 November 2017, and replies received from governments until 31 January 2018.

10 communications related to SOGIESC:

  • Egypt (unlawful arrests and detention, as well as incrimination of LGBTI persons and LGBTI defenders, including Mr. Ahmed Alaa and Ms. Sarah Hegazy);
  • Azerbaijan (unlawful arrests and detention, torture and ill-treatment of persons perceived to be gay, transgender persons or persons involved in sex work);
  • Russia (administrative proceedings against Ms. Evdokia Romanova for “gay propaganda”);
  • Haiti (legislative developments related to “good morals” and the protection of family targeting LGBTI);
  • Russia (imminent deportation of Uzbek national, Mr. Ali Feruz from Russia to Uzbekistan);
  • Chile (adoption of Gender Identity bill by Senate);
  • Republic of Korea (arrests interrogations, detentions and prosecutions of soldiers and military personnel perceived to be gay, under the Republic of Korea’s Military Criminal Act);
  • Honduras (assassination attempt against LGBTI defender Mr. Osmin David Valle Castillo);
  • Singapore (amendments adopted to the Public Order Law, which could significantly restrict the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in the country, including its significant impact on the organization of the annual ‘Pink Dot’ festival);
  • Honduras (recent murder of a transsexual woman and an LGBTI rights activist, Ms. Sherlyn Montoya).

All the ten communications were made by the Independent Expert on SOGI together with other mandate holders.