LONDON — The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined forces with several international agencies such as UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and others, to condemn the forced sterilization of transgender and intersex people in a report released May 30, Gay Star News reports.
The report, “Eliminating forced, coercive and otherwise involuntary sterilization: An interagency statement,” is the strongest statement in support of the rights of transgender and intersex people to be recognized as the gender they identify with without having to undergo surgical procedures at a global level, the article said.
The report notes that voluntary sterilization is an important form of contraception in many parts of the world but condemns interventions against a person’s will or where people are coerced into sterilization to meet government guidelines.
“Sterilization is an important option for individuals and couples to control their fertility,” the report reads. “Sterilization is one of the most widely used forms of contraception in the world. When performed according to appropriate clinical standards with informed consent, sterilization methods such as vasectomy and tubal ligation are safe and effective means of permanently controlling fertility. However, in some countries, people belonging to certain population groups, including people living with HIV, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, and transgender and intersex persons, continue to be sterilized without their full, free and informed consent.”
The report also says any involuntary or forced practice is “a violation of fundamental human rights.”