On Monday, 19 December 2016, yet again there will be a vote at the UN General Assembly to challenge the Mandate of the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IE SOGI). This will be the third attempt of its kind since the Mandate was formalised.
The last vote, which took place on 21 November 2016, was very close, passing by only 7 votes. The voting record (84 in favour of protecting the mandate, 77 against, and 17 abstentions) included notable responses from countries in Asia and the Pacific, and this is where APTN and our partners must act.
This short, 2-minute video explains the situation simply:
Action to raise our voices in this vote is especially important because of the timing: many UN Representatives have already left for the holiday break or will leave very soon. With a vote scheduled on Monday morning, it is extremely important that all remaining UN Mission Representatives who support the Mandate participate in the vote.
From our region, this was the voting record. You can click through on this table to find the contact information for each of the UN Missions for these countries.
|For the Mandate||Against the Mandate||Abstention or Did not vote|
|Fiji||Brunei Darussalam||Lao PDR|
|Kiribati||DPR of Korea||Myanmar|
|New Zealand||Malaysia||Papua New Guinea|
|Republic of Korea||Nauru||Philippines|
We urge all of our partners, community members, and supporters: Please contact your UN Mission in New York and encourage their support of the Mandate.
- Encourage those who did not vote before to vote in favour!
- Encourage those who voted against to abstain or vote in favour!
- Continue to encourage those who voted in our favour previously to stand with us and our rights!
Make our voices heard!