Saturday, October 5, 2013

ILGA-Europe Adopts "Childrens' Right to Physical Integrity" Resolution

The European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe) has adopted a new resolution called, "Childrens' right to physical integrity." This resolution states that many forms of culturally or individually accepted physical modification of children is not acceptable, including female genital mutilation, religion-based circumcision, and other coerced body modification (e.g., piercings, tattoos, plastic surgery). Importantly, the cosmetic medical procedures intersex people are subjected to without their consent are included in the resolution.

ILGA-Europe has worked together with the European chapter of Organization Intersex International (OII-Europe) to make this resolution intersex-inclusive, and highlight the need to protect intersex childrens' basic bodily autonomy. Under this resolution, European countries must "...undertake further research to increase knowledge about the specific situation of intersex people, ensure that no-one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment that is cosmetic rather than vital for health during infancy or childhood, guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination to persons concerned, and provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support.”

This is another big step forward for intersex rights. Fantastic job, ILGA-Europe and OII-Europe!

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