The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was established as a means for UN member states to review the human rights records of different countries and to provide recommendations for moving forward. Created in March 2006, the UPR was envisioned as "a cooperative mechanism, based on an interactive dialogue", with the primary goal of assessing and addressing human rights concerns in different countries. It seeks to assure that every country fulfills its obligations to international human rights standards.
ASC supports the engagement of Southeast Asian LGBTIQ human rights defenders to the UPR process. By having specific, relevant and attainable UPR recommendations related to SOGIESC, we can strengthen our advocacy within ASEAN.
Forum LGBTIQ Indonesia together with several groups submitted a report in line with the 3rd Cycle UPR. The report highlighted the continuous violence and attacks against LGBTIQ human rights defenders and the move towards criminalizing LGBTIQ persons.
Myanmar LGBT Rights Network, Equality Myanmar and Kaleidoskop Australia submitted a joint report regarding the protection of the rights of LGBTI people persons in Myanmar for the 21st session of the Universal Periodic Review. The report entails the demand to the government to take necessary legislative changes to enshrine and protect the rights of LGBTI persons in the country. Colors Rainbow led the coalition.
Various LGBT organizations submitted a report in line with the 3rd Cycle UPR. The report raised several issues such as continuous murders of LGBT persons, discrimination in the workplace, lack of access to social services and protection, and violence against LGBT children.
Sayoni, an LBT organization, did an intersectional approach by working together with various civil society organizations. During the 2nd Cycle UPR, they raised the following issues: continuous criminalization of consensual sex between men, restrictions on freedom of expression and workplace discrimination.
Togetherness for Equality and Action (TEA) together with various LGBT groups in Thailand submitted a report during the 2nd Cycle UPR. They raised issues such as absence of laws guaranteeing equal access to social services among same-sex partners, and absence of gender recognition.
Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) led the coalition of LGBT groups in Vietnam to come up with the joint report submitted for the 18th session of the Universal Periodic Review. The report highlighted the situation related to the promotion and protection of human rights of LGBT persons on the ground and the demand for recognition before the law.