UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Denmark (CRC 26-10-2017)

The Committee considered the fifth periodic report of Denmark (CRC/C/DNK/5) at its 2230th and 2231st meetings (see CRC/C/SR.2230 and 2231), held on 15 September, and adopted the present concluding observations at its 2251st meeting, held on 29 September 2017.

Concluding observations

B. General principles (arts. 2, 3, 6 and 12)


  1. While noting that discrimination is generally prohibited by law, the Committee recommends that the State party:

(a) Ensure that all children, including those attending boarding schools, or foreign children attending a temporary educational facility, have access to the standard educational system in accordance with the Act on Public Schools;

(b) In view of discrimination based on disability or sexual orientation being prohibited solely in relation to employment, adopt specific anti-discrimination legislation explicitly prohibiting discrimination in all areas against children with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children;                                         

(c) Continue taking awareness-raising measures to combat all forms of discrimination against children from ethnic minorities, asylum-seeking, refugee or Roma children, children with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex children.

D. Violence against children (arts. 19, 24 (3), 28 (2), 34, 37 (a) and 39)

Harmful practices

  1. In view of ongoing surgical interventions on intersex children, the Committee recommends that the State party:

(a) Ensure that no one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood, guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination for the children concerned and provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support;

(b) Develop and implement a child rights-based health-care protocol for intersex children, setting out the procedures and steps to be followed by health teams;

(c) Undertake investigation of incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex children without informed consent and adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the child victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation; 

(d) Educate and train medical and psychological professionals on the range of sexual and related biological and physical diversity and on the consequences of unnecessary surgical and other medical interventions for intersex children.

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