Resolution 2191(2017): stop unnecessary medical treatment
In Resolution 2191(2017) the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe calls for an end to non-consensual unnecessary “normalizing” medical treatment of intersex children (PACE 2017).
Piet De Bruyn. Image: Sandro Weltin/Raad van Europa
In resolution 2191 (2017), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calls on member states to prohibit non-consensual unnecessary “normalizing” medical treatment of intersex persons (PACE 2017). Except in situations where a child’s life is in immediate danger, any treatment that aims to change the gender characteristics of intersex children should be delayed until the child can decide for him- or herself. Furthermore, the resolution recognizes the need to raise awareness among both health professionals and society, and calls on Council of Europe member states to provide compensation to intersex persons who are victims of non-consensual unnecessary medical treatment.
This is the first time such a resolution has been adopted at such a high political level. The report and resolution, on which rapporteur Piet De Bruyn worked for a year, had previously been unanimously adopted by the Council of Europe’s Commission on Equality and Non-Discrimination.
The resolution is the logical follow-up to Resolution 1952 (2013) on the right of children to physical integrity adopted in 2013 (PACE 2013) and the recommendations of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks published in 2015 (Agius 2015).
In summary, the resolution calls for the following: