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The report of the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) Annual Partnership Forum (APF) 2016
MEDIA RELEASE: AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) strongly condemns the resolution tabled by African states against United Nations Independent Expert to protect LGBTI rights
The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) strongly condemns the resolution tabled by African states to halt the work of the first United Nations (UN) Independent Expert appointed to help protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The United Nations Human Rights Council created the position in June 2016 and in September appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn, who has a three-year mandate to investigate and address human rights abuses against LGBTI people. On Friday, 4 November 2016, African states circulated a draft resolution to the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee, which deals with human rights, calling for consultations on the legality of the creation of the mandate. "We call for the suspension of the activities of the appointed Independent Expert pending the determination of this issue," Botswana's UN Ambassador Charles Ntwaagae, speaking for the Africa group, told the committee.
ARASA wishes to engage a consultant to review the implementation of the current strategic plan to date in order to draw lessons for effective and efficient implementation during the remaining phase of the current strategic plan and to inform the development of the new strategic plan for the period 2018 to 2022.
In an effort to ensure that ARASA partner civil society organisations (CSOs) have improved capacity to advocate and strengthen capacities of other CSOs, ARASA implements a Regional Training of Trainers (ToT) Programme.