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UN body approves first resolution protecting rights of intersex people

Started by Jessica_Rose, April 04, 2024, 01:27:05 PM

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UN body approves first resolution protecting rights of intersex people

Story by Brooke Migdon (4 April 2024)

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted Thursday to adopt a first-of-its-kind initiative protecting the rights of intersex people.

Twenty-four countries voted in favor of the draft resolution, which calls on states to "enhance efforts to combat discrimination, violence and harmful practices" against individuals born intersex, defined as having sex characteristics that do not fit typical definitions of male or female.

Intersex people face significant prejudice tied to their identity, and discrimination and mistreatment often begins early in life, with intersex infants commonly subjected to medical interventions intended to conform their bodies to a gender binary. Experts estimate that up to 1.7 percent of the population is born with intersex traits.

Thursday's draft resolution expresses "grave concern" about harmful practices faced by intersex people, including "medically unnecessary or deferrable interventions" that are performed "without the full, free and informed consent of the person."

It also requests that the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights prepare a report "examining in detail discriminatory laws and policies, acts of violence and harmful practices against persons with innate variations in sex characteristics, in all regions of the world" as well as best practice solutions.
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