UN expert to assess human rights of LGBT persons: US

OHCHR

GENEVA (16 August 2022) -The UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, will visit the United States of America from 16 to 29 August 2022.

“The visit provides an important opportunity to assess the implementation of human rights standards to combat violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender-diverse (LGBT) people in the country,” said Madrigal-Borloz.

“During my visit I will assess the progress towards the eradication of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, highlight remaining gaps and challenges and provide recommendations to relevant stakeholders. I will also explore root causes of violence and discrimination, including the impact of social prejudice and intersecting forms of discrimination,” the expert said.

During the visit, the UN expert will engage with Government authorities, human rights defenders and advocates, religious and business leaders, and others.

Victor Madrigal-Borloz, mandated by the Human Rights Council, is visiting the country at the invitation of the Government. He will travel to Washington D.C., Birmingham – Alabama, Miami – Florida, and San Diego – California.

A press conference will be held on 30 August at 11 a.m. local time at the UN Headquarters in New York, to share preliminary findings with the media. Access will be strictly limited to journalists.

The expert will present his findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2023.

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