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UNHRC Resolution on Intersex People

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Source: UNHRC

 Context: The United Nations Human Rights Council recently made a historic decision by adopting a resolution aimed at combating discrimination and harmful practices against intersex people.


Who are Intersex people?

Intersex people are individuals born with sex characteristics (such as sexual anatomy, reproductive organs, hormonal patterns, and/or chromosomal patterns) that do not align with typical binary notions of male or female bodies. They may have any gender identity or sexual orientation. Experts estimate that up to 1.7% of the population are born with intersex traits. Intersex individuals are distinct from transgender individuals, as the former’s physical characteristics do not necessarily match their gender identity.

The resolution calls upon member states to address root causes of discrimination, such as stereotypes and misinformation, and to ensure the rights to bodily integrity and autonomy for intersex individuals.

The resolution on intersex rights promotes ethical values such as combating discrimination, ensuring the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, and addressing root causes of human rights violations.