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Joint Statement by the SOGI Group of Friends
March 8, 2023

The United States Joined the Following Joint Statement at the 52nd Session of the Human Rights Counci

Item 2 – Dialogue with the Human Rights Commissioner

Joint Statement by the SOGI Group of Friends

UN Human Rights Council – 52nd Session

As delivered by Ambassador of Uruguay to the UN in Geneva, H.E. Mr. Álvaro Moerzinger Pagani

March 7, 2023

Mr. High Commissioner,

This statement is delivered on behalf of the 29 states of the Group of Friends of the SOGI Mandate.

Over the last few years, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has carried out important work on the protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) and gender-diverse persons.

We invite your Office to continue such efforts, while supporting Member States and all stakeholders in the implementation of resolution 50/10, adopted by the Council in June 2022, which enshrines important advances in the recognition of intersectional forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, while expressing concern about the impact of legislation, policies and acts that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, both online and offline.

Finally, we take this opportunity to acknowledge the essential and important work carried out by the current Independent Expert, Mr. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, for the protection of LGBT and gender-diverse persons’ rights around the world