Forced medical procedures for intersex people are a violation of human rights

Forced medical procedures for intersex people are a violation of human rights

The Human Rights Council of the United Nations has passed a groundbreaking resolution regarding intersex people

Ultimately the UN Human Rights Council ruled that medical procedures not strictly necessary for the “normalization” of intersex people are considered a violation of human rights.

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Pseudo-medical treatments on intersex people date back to the 1950s and include surgical interventions and hormonal treatments and the damage caused by these forced medical procedures is many – both physical and mental -, particularly if performed at an early age.

Surgical interventions can cause: chronic pain and loss of sensation and function of the genital organs.

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While the damage caused by unwanted and not carefully monitored hormone therapies consists of various side effects, as well as a sense of alienation towards one’s body.

But it is the mind that suffers the greatest damage. In fact, the intersex person will feel violated in their body and soul. Many – after these treatments – experience anxiety, trauma, depression and difficulty accepting their identity.

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The data shows that 1.7% of the world population is intersex, that is, born with physical, genetic or hormonal characteristics that cannot be included in the conventional definitions of the two genders considered “main”: male and female.

The UN resolution is another step forward towards the self-determination of intersex people in the world, even if the road towards equality is still very long and difficult.

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