Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, has just presented his report on the impact of COVID-19 on LGBT persons to the UN General Assembly. Please join the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School for the online public launch.
With this event, he will present key findings of his report and engage in further conversation with any interested stakeholders on how to respond and recover from the pandemic. The event will take place on Zoom and be livestreamed to Facebook. Lancement en anglais avec interprétation en Français seulement via zoom.
The event will also feature UN representatives as guest speakers. After the presentations, there will be a Q&A (questions and answers) session with the audience for which participants will be able to submit questions through the moderator during the event.
This year, humankind faces an unprecedented global challenge, as the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities prevalent in all regions of the world. Since March, the IE SOGI has conducted extensive research and consultations with over 1,000 individuals from more than 100 countries, which led to the conclusion that COVID-19 has a disproportionate impact on LGBT persons. During the event, he will present his key findings and discuss his recommendations to ensure that response and recovery from the pandemic adequately address the needs of LGBT persons, as we all aspire to build a better world.
The mandate of the Independent Expert supports freedom of expression and opinion of the widest variety within a frame of mutual respect during its events. The mandate of the Independent Expert has a policy of zero tolerance for hate speech: a dedicated team will monitor comments and questions raised during the event. Hate speech will be filtered and participants responsible for it will be removed from the session.
Visit the HRP blog to read the full thematic report and summary.