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02 May 2017

Joburg, South Africa: Pan Africa ILGA Welcomes New Staff Members

Pan Africa ILGA welcomes Anthony Oluoch and Sivu Siwisa who are joined us on 2 May 2017 as our new Programmes Manager and Programme Officer: Communications, respectively.

Anthony Oluoch is a Kenyan lawyer who has worked within the LGBTI movement for the past 7 years. He worked as the Legal and Human Rights Officer at the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya where he was instrumental in the design and initial implementation of what was then, a strategy towards decriminalization of adult consensual same sex conduct. He then joined Gay Kenya Trust, an organization that works towards equality and non-discrimination for all including gay and lesbian individuals in Kenya. He currently sits on the advisory panel of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and the board of the IDAHOT Committee.

Sivu Siwisa is a Black Queer Non-Conforming Feminist and LGBTIAPQ+ activist with a huge appetite for communications, advocacy, movement building and organising. They are a Communications Specialist by training, and are committed to using feminist frameworks to create communications tools and strategies for social justice work across the continent. Sivu has worked for South Africa’s leading advertising agencies as a Copywriter and has also worked at Gender DynamiX as a Media and Communication Officer. They were instrumental in the inception of the Alternative Inclusive Pride and has been an active contributor in organising of Khumbulani Pride. Sivu was named Brand South Africa’s 40 under 40 for their gender activism work and was also named as one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans to look out for, for their contribution to Civil Society.
Mr. Oluoch and Siwisa join PAI at a time when the organisation is growing, with the aim to meet its strategic goals for the next three years. They both bring with them a wealth of experience, strength and a vision towards making PAI a regional body that benefits all her members.

We are very proud to have Tony and Sivu joining our team. Please join us in welcoming them! They can be reached at Anthony.Oluoch@panafricailga.org and Sivu.Siwisa@panafricailga.org.

For more enquiries contact Richard Lusimbo-Co-Chair PAI Board at rlusimbo@gmail.com, +27795558219 or Monica Tabengwa-Executive Director at monica@panafricailga.org +27767958245

NGO space under threat at the African Commission

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Joint Statement:

NGO space under threat at the African Commission

Banjul, Gambia
3 November 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For the first time in the history of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR), an organization working on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) issues will be able to make a statement in their own name.

The Coalition of African Lesbians(CAL), a regional organization, was granted observer status in April 2015 at the 56th Session of the ACHPR held in Banjul, the Gambia. This was after a 7 year struggle to attain the same.

This move by the ACHPR showed a willingness to listen to and expand recognition not only of the SOGIE community but also of groups not traditionally recognized in this space. It set a hopeful precedent that offered opportunities for change and transformation for a broader range of human rights issues on a regional scale.

The position is however being threatened by a decision of the African Union Executive Council requesting that the ACHPR revoke observer status to NGOs not subscribing to ‘African values’,
recommending a review of the criteria for granting observer status to NGOs and the withdrawal of CAL’s observer status. The decision stated;

“Requests the ACHPR to take into account the fundamental African values, identity and good traditions, and to withdraw the observer status granted to NGOs who may attempt to impose values contrary to the African values; in this regard, requests the ACHPR to review its criteria for granting Observer Status to NGOs and to withdraw the observer status granted to the Organization called CAL, in line with those African Values.”

These requests, in and of themselves, pose several issues;

1) Decisions of the ACHPR need to be trusted in order to maintain the credibility and autonomy of The Commission. Should the aforementioned requests be granted, the independence of the commission will inevitably be put to question thus jeopardizing the protection and the promotion of human rights as stipulated in the African Charter.
2) The reference to African values is arbitrary as the same has not been mentioned anywhere in the African Charter nor in the criteria for granting Observer Status established in Article 2(a) of the resolution adopted by The Commission in 1999.
3) There is a continued attempt to limit diversity among NGOs participating in the African Commission space, in particular, silencing the voices and limiting the access to these spaces of NGOs not prescribing to a conservative understanding of African values.

DOC.EX.CL/Dec887 (XXVII) Decision on the Thirty-Eighth Activity Report of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’Rights |

Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) and The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) urge the ACHPR to stand by her mandate to protect and promote the human rights for all Africans without discrimination.

For further information please contact:
Latheem – contact@panafricailga.org (Pan Africa ILGA)Hejin Kim – hejin@arasa.info (ARASA)

Intersex Awareness Day_2015

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INTERSEX AWARENESS DAY

26 October 2015

People with intersex variations face ever increasing challenges around misgendering, non-consensual genital surgery performed on them as infants or children and in some cases genital mutilation.

Many intersexed people are born with ambiguous genitalia which can range from external reproductive organs to internal reproductive organs, or sex organs which are not clearly defined.

In many countries being intersex is still not recognized as a human right and still treated as an aberration, which often leads to misgendering at birth resulting in much avoidable psychological trauma later on. Today marks the highlighting and remembering of these challenges faced by intersexed persons.

As an LGBTI community let us also remember that as divers as we are, we often misunderstand or lack knowledge entirely of intersexed people. Often mis ‘labelling’ them or excommunicating them. Let us honor the ‘I’ in the LGBTI spectrum. For to educate ourselves around the challenges and choices of intersexed persons is to truly work toward an all-inclusive community.

We here at Pan Africa ILGA would like commend all Intersex based organizations around the world on their efforts in working towards creating awareness and inclusivity of intersex people. We applaud your vigilance and perseverance. In solidarity and appreciation, we stand by you!

UN human rights body condemns violence and discrimination

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UN-logo_0(Geneva, September 26, 2014) – The United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on combatting violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (L.27/Rev.1), adopted today, Is a critically important achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 25 human rights groups said today. The resolution follows a resolution adopted three years ago in June 2011, when the Council passed the first ever UN resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, and 42 additional co-sponsors introduced the resolution. In its presentation to the Council, Chile stated that “this resolution does not seek to create new rights…there are some whose rights are more violated and need more protection.“Colombia added “the report that we request is part of existing international law.“ The resolution survived a total of seven hostile amendments, introduced by Egypt on behalf of ten States, seeking to strip the resolution of all references to sexual orientation and gender identity. Brazil stated that the proposed amendments would “seek to radically change the purpose and focus of the resolution and changes its substance.”  Ultimately, the resolution was passed by a vote of 25 in favor, 14 against, and 7 abstentions, with support from all regions and an increased base of support since 2011.

“The leadership of these Latin American states reflects strong commitment to human rights for all and follows the significant progress that is being made by governments and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, travesti, and intersex activists in the region, “ saidAndres Rivera Duarte from the Observatorio Derechos Humanos y Legislación, Chile.

The resolution asks the High Commissioner for Human Rights to update a 2012 study on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (A/HRC/19/41), with a view to sharing good practices and ways to overcome violence and discrimination. The resolution expresses grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination in all regions of the world committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. This resolution demonstrates that this issue remains on the agenda of the Human Rights Council and sends a message of support to people around the world who experience this type of violence and discrimination, said the 25 groups.

“While we would have preferred to see an institutionalized reporting mechanism, the council has still sent a strong message of support to human rights defenders working on these issues. We look forward to States implementing the outcomes of these reports,” said Jonas Bagas, of TLF Share in the Philippines.

Advocates welcomed supportive remarks made by the newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights earlier in the Council session. “There is no justification ever, for the degrading, the debasing or the exploitation of other human beings – on whatever basis: nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or caste,” said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. These comments follow on ground-breaking work by his predecessor, Navi Pillay, and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“This pattern of human rights violations is global in nature, and therefore requires a global response. In all regions of the world, including in Europe, discrimination and violence on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity are a daily reality for many,” said Nori Spauwen from COC Netherlands. “The Human Rights Council resolution is a significant moment for global LGBTI movements, and for people around the world who have worked tirelessly for human rights for everyone,” said Monica Tabengwa, LGBT rights researcher and an ILGA Board Member, Kenya.  “We intend to press the Council to keep these concerns atop its agenda, and ensure sustained attention and action.”

The following groups support this statement:

  •  Amnesty International (Laura Carter +44-7771-796091)
  • ARC International (Kim Vance +1-902-488-6404)
  • Asociación Internacional de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Trans e Intersex para America Latina y el Caribe (ILGALAC)
  • CariFLAGS
  • Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales – CELS
  • COC Nederland (Nori Spauwen +31-611-748008)
  • Conectas Direitos Humanos
  • Corporación Humanas
  • Diverlex Diversidad e Igualidad a traves de la Ley
  • FOR-SOGI
  • GATE
  • Human Rights Law Centre (Anna Brown +61-917-594-4616)
  • Human Rights Watch
  • International Commission of Jurists
  • International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (Andre du Plessis +41-79-678-1229)
  • International Service for Human Rights (Pooja Patel +41-76-787-3928)
  • Iranti-Org
  • MantiQitna Network
  • Mulabi/Latin American Space for Sexualities and Rights
  • Observatorio Derechos Humanos y Legislación
  • Pan-Africa ILGA (Monica Tabengwa +254-788-736119)
  • TLF Share
  • United and Strong
  • Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby

 

Records of Vote on the resolution:

States  supporting: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Romania, South Africa, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela, Viet Nam

States  against: Algeria, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, The Russian Federation

Abstentions: Burkina Faso, China, Congo, Kazakhastan, India, Namibia, Sierra Leone

Absent: Benin

Co-Sponsors of the resolution: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain   and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay.

27th ILGA Conference

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Mexico City, October 29-31 2014

organised in association with
Fundación Arcoíris por el respeto a la diversidad sexual

FINAL AGENDA – THIRD MAILING

Dear ILGA Member,

the 27th ILGA is now only three weeks away and according to the provisions of the Constitution (articles C 7.5 and C 7.6) and the Standing Orders (SO 2.1) we are sending you the final agenda for the Conference in relation to the following procedural items:

  • Approval of Chairing pool
  • Approval of the report from the Executive Board
  • Approval of the report from the Women’s Secretariat
  • Approval of the report from the Trans Secretariat
  • Approval of the audited accounts
  • Approval of the financial report for the current year
  • Approval of the budget
  • Appointment of an auditor
  • Proposals and amendments from full members, the Executive Board, Women’s Secretariat, Trans Secretariat or Regional Executive Boards
  • Any change in the membership fee
  • Election of the Secretaries General and alternates
  • Election of the Women’s and Trans Secretariats and alternates
  • Election of the host city for the 2016 world conference

Further details on these items are set out below, while the programme of the conference – with the description of the workshops in English and Spanish can be found on our website www.ilga.org  in the Conference section.

From Wednesday 15 October you will also find, in the same section and on the www.ilgaworldconference.org website, the following documents:

  • Proxy form
  • Delegate pack (including information on how to get to the conference venue)

 

1. Approval of Chairing pool

The purpose of the Chairing pool is to: “manage the conference and […] ensure the smooth running of the conference to preserve order and to ensure that the business of the conference is completed.” (SO 3.1). The Chairing pool “will consist of a minimum of 6 people, and at least 50% of its members shall be women. All members of the chairing pool shall be from full member organisations. The chairing pool will include one person from the host organisation.” (SO 3.2).

According to Standing Order 3.3 “A meeting will be held prior to the first plenary session of the conference at which a chairing pool will be elected by simple majority of delegates of full member organisations. This meeting will be coordinated by the Executive Board and the host organisation.” Notification as to the time and place of above mentioned meeting will be given to the delegates upon their arrival at the venue of the Conference.

2. Approval of the report from the Executive Board

Available by clicking this link and at  www.ilga.org in the “Conference” section and on www.ilgaworldconference.org 

The report from the Executive Board will be presented and voted during the first plenary, on Wednesday 29 October.

3. Approval of the report from the Women’s Secretariat

Available by clicking this link and at www.ilga.org in the “Conference” section and on www.ilgaworldconference.org 

The report from the Women’s Secretariat will be presented and voted during the first plenary on Wednesday 29 October.

 

4. Approval of the report from the Trans Secretariat

Available by clicking this link and at www.ilga.org in the “Conference” section and on www.ilgaworldconference.org

The report from the Trans Secretariat will be presented and voted during the first plenary on Wednesday 29 October.

 

5. Approval of the audited accounts

Sent with the second mailing, also available at www.ilga.org in the “Conference” section and on  www.ilgaworldconference.org

The audited accounts will be presented in the Finance workshop and voted during the last plenary on Friday 31 October.

6. Approval of the financial report for the current year

Available at www.ilga.org in the “Conference” section and on www.ilgaworldconference.org

The financial report for the current year will be presented in the Finance workshop and voted during the last plenary on Friday 31 October.

7. Approval of the budget

Available at www.ilga.org in the “Conference” section and on www.ilgaworldconference.org

The 2015 Budget will be presented in the Finance workshop and voted during the last plenary on Friday 31 October.

8. Appointment of an auditor

The proposed name for an auditor will be presented during the Finance workshop and voted during the last plenary on Friday 31 October.

9. Proposals and amendments from full members, the Executive Board, Women’s Secretariat, Trans Secretariat or Regional Executive Boards, including the Strategic Plan 2014-2018

Sent with the second mailing, also available at HYPERLINK “http://www.ilga.org/www.ilga.orgin the “Conference” section and on  www.ilgaworldconference.org

A total of 14 proposals from Members were received by the deadline of September 13 and three proposals were made by the Board, including the Strategic Plan. One amendment to these proposals was received by the deadline of September 17. All proposals will be presented and discussed in the relevant workshops (see final programme for details). All proposals will be voted during the plenaries in the morning of Friday 31 October.

10. Any change in the membership fee

No proposal for any change in the membership fee was sent.

11. Election of the Secretaries General and alternates

Four nominations, i.e. Tamara Adrian, Ruth Baldacchino, Beto de Jesus and Helen Kennedy (sent with second mailing), were received by the deadline of August 6 for the position of Secretaries General. No nominations were made for the alternates to these positions, for which nominations will therefore re-open at the conference. Presentation of candidates and elections shall take place during the first plenary of Thursday 30 October.

12. Election of the Women’s,Trans and Intersex Secretariats and alternates

Two nominations, i.e. Diverlex and Mulabi (sent with the second mailing) were received by the deadline of August 6 for the Trans Secretariat and the Intersex Secretariat respectively. No nominations were received for the Women’s Secretariat, for which nominations will therefore re-open at the conference. Two nominations, i.e. OII Australia and OII Germany (sent with the second mailing) were received by the deadline of August 6 for the alternate of the Intersex Secretariat. No nominations were received for the alternates of either the Women’s Secretariat or the Trans Secretariat, for which nominations will therefore re-open at the conference. Presentation of candidates and elections shall take place during the first plenary of Thursday 30 October.

13. Election of the host city for the 2016 world conference

No nomination was received by the deadline of August 6 for the host city of the 2016 world conference, for which nominations will therefore re-open at the conference. Presentation and voting will take place during the last plenary of Friday 31 October.

The Constitution and the Standing Orders can be downloaded from our website in the “About ILGA” section.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Mexico!

Gloria Careaga

Azusa Yamashita

co-Secretaries General ILGA

Mexico City/Tokyo, 8 October 2014