UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Chile (CRPD 13-04-2016)

The Committee considered the initial report of Chile (CRPD/C/CHL/1) at its 238th and 239th meetings (CRPD/C/SR.238 and 239), held on 31 March and 1 April 2016. At its 255th meeting, held on 13 April 2016, the Committee adopted the following concluding observations.

Concluding observations

B. Specific rights (arts. 5-30)

Protecting the integrity of the person (art. 17)

  1. The Committee is concerned by the fact that sterilizations continue to be performed in the State party on persons with disabilities, especially women and girls, without their free and informed consent and at the mere request of their families or guardians, and by evidence that the procedure is commonly performed on persons with psychosocial disabilities admitted to psychiatric centres.
  2. The Committee requests the State party to amend Act No. 20.584 and Decree No. 570 to require in all cases, without exception, the free and informed consent of persons with disabilities, including those whose legal capacity has been revoked, as an essential prerequisite for any surgery or medical treatment, especially those of an invasive nature and whose effects are irreversible, such as sterilization and procedures on intersex children.
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