SIGN-ON! African CSOs Collective Letter To South Africa Minister of International Relations and Coorperation


As you may know-this is the last week of the 27th ordinary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)for 2014 taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.

This is an important session and with huge implications for SOGI work and SOGI activists. Chile, Uruguay, Colombia and Brazil have tabled a follow up SOGI Resolution 27/L27 to Resolution 17/19 of 2011.This resolution seeks to affirm state’s commitments to safeguarding the rights and freedoms of African people with non-conforming sexualities and gender identities and expressions.

This week, some states seek to amend the language in this resolution, which will attempt to remove all language directly referencing issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and replace SOGI language with language equal or roughly equal to “race, colour, sex, language, religion or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. Other states altogether seek to vote against the new and proposed SOGI resolution.


Our work, as civil society and human rights defenders is to ensure that instruments such as the United Nations Human Rights Council work to uphold the rights of ALL people, including gender non-conforming and trans-identifying African women and men.


AMSHeR, CAL along with other civil society organisations are calling upon South Africa to ensure that the SOGI language is maintained and that the follow up resolution protecting SOGI rights is passed. We are requesting that South Africa show leadership, as they have in the past, and vote YES for the follow up SOGI resolution.

It is for this purpose that we are calling on our members, feminist allies and friends, as organisations and individuals to sign onto the letter which we will be sending the Minister of Foreign Affairs to South Africa, Hon. Maite Nkoana.

This is an URGENT and extremely IMPORTANT action, and we kindly ask that your organisation signs onto this letter before or by 18h00 today-Tuesday 23 September 2014.

We look forward to your solidarity and your quick action on this issue.

What can you do?

  1. Sign on to the letter that SA votes YES!: email your name, organisation and country to
  2. Change your profile pic and cover photo on facebook and twitter. See here for example (
  3. Post your #selfie message of support on Facebook (same Facebook link above)
  4. Follow @DemandAccountabilitySA
  5. Sign the Petition to still set the date for the regional meeting
  6. Forward this link to colleagues