Gender identity and expression in focus: The report of the United Nations Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, by Victor Madrigal-Borloz.

Published by the United Nations on 12/07/2018 United Nations official document number: A/73/152

  • Zhan Chiam Coordinator, Gender Identity and Expression Programme at ILGA
  • Julia Ehrt Coordinator, Gender Identity and Expression Programme at ILGA

Abstract

In his recent report, the United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, examines the “process of abandoning the classification of certain forms of gender as a pathology” – “depathologization”—and elaborates on the “full scope of the duty of the State to respect and promote respect of gender recognition as a component of identity” (p. 2). The report also discusses active measures to respect gender identity and concludes with a list of recommendations. While other United Nations special procedures and agencies have addressed and condemned violence and discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and expression, this report provides a deeper analysis on its root causes. It is the first special procedures report that exclusively addresses human rights with regard to gender identity and expression, and must be considered a mile-stone in the development and enunciation of international human rights law in this regard.

Published
2018-11-28
How to Cite
Chiam, Z., & Ehrt, J. (2018). Gender identity and expression in focus: The report of the United Nations Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, by Victor Madrigal-Borloz. Torture Journal, 28(3), 133-135. https://doi.org/10.7146/torture.v28i3.111202