Urgent action is needed against rhetoric and exclusionary practices that endanger human rights – UN expert

A sharp increase in discrimination and harsh rhetoric has exposed people who do not conform to gender norms – lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and of diverse genders – to an increased risk of persecution and violence, a a UN human rights expert told the general. Assembly today.

“Narratives of exclusion have recently gained ground in public debate and they must be actively opposed by the community of states,” said Victor Madrigal-Borloz, independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on women. sexual orientation and gender identity. “Such stories are fundamentally contrary to basic human rights principles such as liberty, self-determination, privacy and dignity.

He spoke as he presented a report on “Exclusionary Practices” which analyzes negative reactions against the incorporation of gender frameworks into international human rights law, building on an earlier report. which he presented to the Human Rights Council in June which firmly concluded international human rights law. recognizes gender as a social construct and a driver of violence and discrimination.

Those who oppose the protection of gender and gender identity under international human rights law evoke a global conspiracy and create an atmosphere of panic and moral concern that allows the perpetuation of violence and discrimination primarily against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and gender diverse individuals, he said.

“These stories resonate with conservative platforms and – with solid funding and catchy slogans – have seen disastrous success in national election campaigns across the world,” Madrigal-Borloz said. “Too many ultra-conservative political leaders and religious groups are using their platforms to promote bigotry, stigma and intolerance by dehumanizing people on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression . “

In trying to wake up their bases, these leaders are deliberately confusing the biological reality of sexual characteristics with the social construction of gender, he said.

“Sexual characteristics are biological characteristics and a physical reality,” he said. “However, the roles, behaviors and forms of expression attributed to individuals on the basis of them are constructs. Everyone must be able to ignore them, break them or subvert them as an exercise in freedom. “

Further noting that October 26 is Intersex Awareness Day, he called on countries to protect the human rights of intersex children by prohibiting unnecessary medical procedures too often used to forcibly alter their appearance or physical development in accordance with the standards applicable to “normal” male and female bodies.

“We need urgent action from all countries to fight against anti-gender rhetoric and exclusionary practices,” he said. “I urge you to choose the path of the law of inclusion, which captures and reflects the perfection of the human experience in all its diversity.”

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