Language Switcher

SOGI UN type of document Archives: General Comments

General Comment No. 35 on liberty and security of person (art. 9), CCPR/C/GC/35, 16 December 2014

I. General remarks 3. Liberty of person concerns freedom from confinement of the body, not a general freedom of action.[1] Security of person concerns freedom from injury to the body and the mind, or bodily and mental integrity, as further discussed in paragraph 9 below. Article 9 guarantees those rights to everyone. “Everyone” includes, among […]

General Recommendation No. 32 on the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness of women, CEDAW/C/GC/32, 14 November 2014

II. Scope of the general recommendation 6. The Committee has, in previous general recommendations, clarified that articles 1, 2 (f) and 5 (a) of the Convention read together indicate that the Convention covers sex- and gender-based discrimination against women. The Committee has explained that application of the Convention to gender-based discrimination falls under the definition […]

Joint General Recommendation No. 31 of CEDAW and General Comment No. 18 of CRC on harmful practices, CEDAW/C/GC/31-CRC/C/GC/18, 14 November 2014

VI. Causes, forms and manifestations of harmful practices 17. The causes of harmful practices are multidimensional and include stereotyped sex- and gender-based roles, the presumed superiority or inferiority of either of the sexes, attempts to exert control over the bodies and sexuality of women and girls, social inequalities and the prevalence of male-dominated power structures. […]

General Comment No. 14 on the right of the child to have his or her best interests taken as a primary consideration (art. 3, para. 1), CRC/C/GC/14, 29 May 2013

1. Elements to be taken into account when assessing the child’s best interests (b) The child’s identity 55. Children are not a homogeneous group and therefore diversity must be taken into account when assessing their best interests. The identity of the child includes characteristics such as sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion and beliefs, cultural […]

General Comment No. 15 on the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health (art. 24), CRC/C/GC/15, 17 April 2013

B. Right to non-discrimination 8. In order to fully realize the right to health for all children, States parties have an obligation to ensure that children’s health is not undermined as a result of discrimination, which is a significant factor contributing to vulnerability. A number of grounds on which discrimination is proscribed are outlined in […]

General Recommendation No. 29 on article 16 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, Economic consequences of marriage, family relations and their dissolution, CEDAW/C/GC/29, 26 February 2013

IV. VARIOUS FORMS OF FAMILY 16. General recommendation No. 21, in its paragraph 13, acknowledges that families take many forms and underscores the obligation of equality within the family under all systems, “both at law and in private”. 17. Subsequent statements by other entities in the United Nations system confirm this understanding that “the concept […]