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Annual Report of the Special Representative to the General Assembly of the United Nations, A/61/312, September 5, 2006

25.  Among the events organized by civil society or regional or intergovernmental organizations in which the Special Representative has participated recently were the Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders in Ireland, the International Consultation on Women Human Rights Defenders in Sri Lanka, the World Social Forum in Pakistan, the Carter Conference in the United States of America, the International Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Human Rights in Canada, and conferences and round tables hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union (EU), the African Union and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

7. Particular challenges for vulnerable groups


71. The Special Representative has sent communications concerning defenders working specifically on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons who have had their right to peaceful assembly violated. In one case from India, the police, allegedly several times, barred defenders and LGBT persons from entering the office of an organization working on LGBT rights. In a case from Poland, an “Equality March” organized by LGBT defenders was banned by the authorities; however, the Special Representative was pleased to note that it was allowed the following year.

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