Training on Utilizing UN Mechanisms to Promote Human Rights for LGBTI Community in East Asia


ILGA Asia is organizing a training on human rights advocacy and UN mechanisms for LGBTI activists in East Asia from May 21-25, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. The objectives of the training are:

1.    To review the effective practices and the remaining challenges in lobbying and advocating for human rights of LGBTI people in East Asia countries;

2.    To appreciate the value of human rights principles and UN mechanisms in supporting domestic advocacy;

3.    To increase the understanding of key UN mechanisms (treaty-bodies, UPR, special procedures) and how they complement each other;

4.    To share good practices in engaging UN mechanisms based on experiences of LGBTI activists in the East Asian region.

The training is ILGA Asia’s continuous efforts to strengthen capacity of the LGBTI community in Asia on the use of UN mechanisms to promote human rights and domestic advocacy in the past few years, notably through several trainings in Taipei 2015 and Phnom Penh 2017. December last year saw the first training targeting specifically LGBTI activists from South and Southeast Asia, and this year the first meeting for East Asian activists will take place.

Who can apply?

We are looking for the following participants to attend our training:

- Local LGBTI activists with basic understanding of human rights concepts and principles, and some exposure to UN mechanisms and its application;

- Countries and territories in East Asia, including activists coming from China, Japan, Mongolia, South Korea and Taiwan;

- Those who identify as LBQ women, trans or intersex are strongly encouraged to apply;

- Members of ILGA in East Asia are strongly encouraged to apply;

- Working knowledge of English is necessary to understand the workshops.

You can apply for scholarship to attend this training through this form by 23:59 ICT (GMT+7), April 15th, 2018. The scholarship will cover the cost of transportation between your country and Seoul, accommodation and meal allowance during your stay and visa to South Korea.

We will confirm the scholarship selection by April 23rd, 2018.

Should you have any question, please send an email to