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Leading figures to address LGBTI conference

Graphic: Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn

The UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity will be among a number of high-profile speakers to address an APF-UNDP conference

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The UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity will be among a number of leading speakers to address an APF-UNDP conference in Bangkok next month.

Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn, who took up the three-year appointment in September 2016, will be joined by Sonia Corrêa, Co-Chair, of the Expert Group on the Yogyakarta Principles, and the Hon. Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court of Australia.

The Yogyakarta Principles + 10 Conference, to be held in Bangkok on 25-26 April 2017, will also feature speakers from leading civil society organisations who work to promote and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people globally and across the Asia Pacific.

The conference will reflect on the impact of the Yogyakarta Principles in countries across the region over the ten years since their release in March 2007.

It will also chart the progress made to promote and protect the rights of LGBTI people and how national human rights institutions, civil society organisations and international partners can work with States to build on these efforts.

Krizia Consolacion, from the Association of Transgender People in the Philippines, describes the challenges facing the trans community in her country.

"The Yogyakarta Principles are a powerful statement on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity," said Pip Dargan, Deputy Director of the APF secretariat and APF Gender Focal point.

"The ten-year anniversary is a timely opportunity to bring people to explore how they have been used to promote and protect the rights of LGBTI people, the challenges people have encountered in using the Principles and possible future directions," she said.

In addition to the plenary presentations, participants will share their insights and ideas at a number of "workstation discussions" on pressing issues facing LGBTI communities, from violence and extremism to legal protection and oppression.

Hossain Zahid, a lawyer from Bangladesh, talks about his work to foster partnerships and build greater respect for the rights of LGBTI people in his country.

The Yogyakarta Principles + 10 Conference is part of an ongoing program of cooperation between the APF and UNDP that aims to strengthen the capacity of national human rights institutions in the region to work with LGBTI communities and better advocate for their rights.

The program also includes:

Date: 21 March 2017

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  1. Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn - OHCHR