Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that are
not exclusively either male or female. In our societies, they face
human rights violations and discrimination in all fields of life.
Invasive and irreversible sex-“normalising” surgery and hormonal
treatments are carried out on intersex children without their free
and informed consent and even though there is no medical need for
such treatment. Member States should prohibit such interventions
and defer treatments that seek to alter the sex characteristics of
intersex children until they are able to participate in the decision.
Health care should be multidisciplinary, holistic and patient-centred,
and psychosocial support should be made available both to intersex
people and their families.
To protect the right to private life, birth registration systems
should allow sufficient flexibility to accommodate the needs of
intersex people, and quick, transparent and accessible legal gender
recognition procedures must also be available.
States should collect more data and carry out further research
into these matters, and consider granting compensation to victims
of past treatments. They should ensure that anti-discrimination
legislation effectively protects intersex people and carry out campaigns
to raise awareness among professionals and the general public as
regards the situation and rights of intersex people.