UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Italy (CRPD 06-10-2016)

The Committee considered the initial report of Italy (CRPD/C/ITA/1) at its 283rd and 284th meetings (see CRPD/C/SR.283 and 284), held on 24 and 25 August 2016. It adopted the present concluding observations at its 294th meeting, held on 1 September 2016.

Concluding observations

B. Specific rights (arts. 5-30)

Protecting the integrity of the person (art. 17)

  1. The Committee is concerned that children are subjected to irreversible surgery for intersex variation and other medical treatments without their free and informed consent.
  2. The Committee recommends that the State party ensure that no one is subjected to scientific undocumented medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood; that it guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination to the children concerned; and that it provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support.
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