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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Mexico (CCPR 04-12-2019)
The Committee considered the sixth periodic report of Mexico (CCPR/C/MEX/6) at its 3653rd and 3654th meetings (CCPR/C/SR.3653 and 3654), held on 16 and 17 October 2019. At its 3675th and 3676th meetings (CCPR/C/SR.3675 and 3676), held on 31 October and 1 November 2019, it adopted the present concluding observations.
C. Principal matters of concern and recommendations
Discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity
- The Committee is concerned about the discrimination and the high level of violence, including a large number of homicides, that are motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity and regrets that consolidated data on investigations and prosecutions initiated, convictions and punishments handed down and reparations granted in such cases are not available. In spite of the explanations provided by the State party’s delegation, the Committee is concerned about reports of irreversible and invasive medical procedures being performed on intersex children (arts. 2, 6, 7, 17 and 26).
- The State party should adopt the investigation protocols necessary to ensure that: (a) crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity are systematically registered and investigated from a gender perspective; (b) the perpetrators of such crimes are investigated, prosecuted and punished appropriately; and (c) victims have access to safe complaint mechanisms, due support and assistance, adequate protection and comprehensive redress. The State party should redouble its efforts to combat stereotypes and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons and to guarantee that acts of discrimination and violence directed against them are prevented. It should also take steps to stop irreversible medical treatments being performed, in particular surgical procedures performed on intersex children who do not yet have the capacity to give fully informed and free consent, except when these procedures are absolutely necessary from the medical point of view.