By The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
In June 2016, the Human Rights Council established the office of the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), a great leap forward to protect and advance the human rights of those under its mandate. However, on November 2016 this progressive development was close to derailed by an exceptional resolution moved by Botswana on behalf of the African Group. This thoughtful article tracks this development, and analyses the voting patterns against domestic protection for human rights protection. Finally, it outlines the obstacles and needed action of this important new office.
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This article was published in the European Human Rights Law Review, edited by Jonathan Cooper.