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WAS Position Statements

A call to the Russian Federation to protect the rights of trans people and non-heterosexual people

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) is an international organization, with more than one hundred member organizations across the globe, that promotes and advocates for sexual health and sexual rights throughout the lifespan and across the world by advancing sexuality research, comprehensive sexuality education, and clinical care and services for everyone.

According to the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights (2014) everyone is entitled to the same rights and protections (Article 1). Legislation must not discriminate against citizens and residents on the basis of “marital and family status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression”, and any promotion of traditional families and values should not violate the rights of others.

The Russian Federation Constitution states that:  “The recognition, observance and protection of the rights and freedoms of persons and citizens shall be the obligation of the State” .Therefore it must safeguard the rights and security of all of its citizens and residents regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. 

Proposed changes to the Family Code of Russian Federation (July 14, 2020) threaten the rights, security and wellbeing of trans people and limits the right to marry for non-heterosexuals.

The proposed amendment would prohibit changing the birth certificate during transgender transition, and all transgender people who already changed their documents would be required to restore old birth certificates, which would make them more vulnerable for discrimination and violence, and block them from marrying. The changes would also explicitly block same-sex marriage.

WAS states that such legislation would be a direct infringement of human rights and sexual rights of trans people and non-heterosexual people. 

The WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights includes the right to marry and form relationships equally for everyone (Article 11). One’s gender assigned by birth, gender identity or sexual orientation should not obstruct the right to marry with the person of their choice in any way in local legislation.     

WAS urges the Russian Federation to stop discrimination of trans people and non-heterosexual people by legislation and other measures by the state. All citizens and residents of Russia must be equally free from discrimination and given equal rights and protections by the law.

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August 7, 2020


 

Kazakhstan must respect the right to health and sexual health for transgender people

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) joins TGEU, ILGA-Europe and IGLYO in calling on the Parliament of Kazakhstan to remove the age limit in the proposed amendment (539) to the law concerning access to health services. The proposed age limit would deny trans-specific health care for persons under 21.

The WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights (2014) is based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination including transgender and gender diverse persons (Preamble and Article 1).

The proposed age limit would violate the spirit and letter of the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights as well as other important rights documented in the international human rights law and the Constitution of Kazakhstan.

The WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights explicitly states that everyone has “the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including sexual health” (Article 7), which includes trans-specific healthcare without any arbitrary restrictions of access. Legislation concerning transgender healthcare should be always based on scientific evidence, human and sexual rights, and the dignity of the patients.

WAS urges the Parliament of Kazakhstan to respect the human and sexual rights of transgender persons, especially young transgender and gender diverse persons, and to repel the proposed amendment (539). Every trans person should have full access to health services and trans-specific care, which includes, for example, social and therapeutic support starting from early childhood, treatment of gender dysphoria and all necessary medical treatments in puberty and adulthood (see WPATH Standards of Care, 2012).

WAS supports the following requests to the Parliament of Kazakhstan by TGEU:

  • Withdraw age restriction and “behavioural disorder” restriction;

  • revise the terms used in the draft Code such as the “sex change” and “persons with sexual identity disorder” and replace them with “gender-affirming care” and “persons with gender incongruence” respectively, in line with ICD-11, Kazakhstani legislation, and international standards; and

  • increase support to the trans community with legal protections in terms of healthcare and legal gender recognition without discrimination.

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WAS is an international organization, with more than one hundred member organizations across the globe, that promotes and advocates for sexual health and sexual rights throughout the lifespan and across the world by advancing sexuality research, comprehensive sexuality education, and clinical care and services for everyone.


WAS Message of Solidarity
June 10th 2020

Human rights are fundamental to the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights (DSR). Social justice is at the core of sexual health and sexual rights. Oppression and systemic racism lead to reproductive and sexual health disparities.

We call for an end to systemic racism, violence, and hatred toward historically discriminated racial and ethnic groups. WAS stands for sexual freedom and sexual well-being for all—including access to reproductive and sexual healthcare, freedom of sexual expression, and freedom from injustice.

Our Declaration of Sexual Rights recognizes and advocates for:

1 The right to equality and non-discrimination
Everyone is entitled to enjoy all sexual rights set forth in this Declaration without distinction of any kind such as race, ethnicity, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, place of residence, property, birth, disability, age, nationality, marital and family status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, health status, economic and social situation and other status.

2 The right to life, liberty, and security of the person
Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security that cannot be arbitrarily threatened, limited, or taken away…

4 The right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment

5 The right to be free from all forms of violence and coercion


We, as the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) stand in solidarity with all our allies, including the North American Federation of Sexological Organizations (NAFSO), one of the regional federations of the WAS international network. WAS supports the statements that have been issued by AASECT, SIECUS, the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality, Planned Parenthood, and other organizations from North America.

WAS is an international organization, with more than one hundred member organizations across the globe, that promotes and advocates for sexual health and sexual rights throughout the lifespan and across the world by advancing sexuality research, comprehensive sexuality education, and clinical care and services for everyone.

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SEE OUR FULL DECLARATION OF SEXUAL RIGHTS


 

Sexual Rights in the context of the global COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded extraordinary confinement and physical distancing measures that are affecting the lives of millions. In addition to increased stress and tensions, we are witnessing increases in violence, abuse, oppression, and discrimination. Sexual rights and sexual health services are in jeopardy and need to be protected and preserved.

Human rights organizations around the world have cautioned that sexual rights are in particular risk during this pandemic.

Available information shows that domestic and sexual violence increased during the first weeks of social confinement policies. Violence may be connected to stress, substance abuse, relationship conflicts, financial problems and unemployment, and difficulties accessing services and safe accommodation. As schools are closed in many countries, everyday life is disrupted at many levels. Children also suffer from the isolation from education, lack of opportunities to socialize with peers, and a heightened risk of domestic violence and sexual abuse in their families.

In addition, domestic and sexual violence may target girls and women as they may be trapped at home with their abusers. Senior individuals are exposed to risks related to their type of living arrangements. Those living independently may experience isolation and lack of daily care; those living in institutions are at heightened infection risk and finally, those living with their families may not be properly cared for or may even be abused. Their relationships, emotional security and mental health may be severely compromised.

The crisis also severely impacts sexual and gender diverse individuals. LGBT organizations report that violence against minorities has increased in many cases. The situation is especially threatening for diverse gender youth living with abusive parents or caregivers.

Reproductive health services and access to abortion and contraceptives are limited while health and social services are overburdened and resources are directed to manage the pandemic. This situation is blatantly abused and aggravated by groups, organizations, and parties that have attacked access to sexual and reproductive health services in the past.

The World Association for Sexual Health urges all states and nations to ensure that everyone’s human and sexual rights are recognized and respected, and that the rights and access to sexual and reproductive health services are not violated by new policies or measures to manage the pandemic. Human, sexual, and reproductive rights, equality, and a free and just society should not be sacrificed in the process.

The World Association for Sexual health (WAS) is a global organization with more than one hundred member organizations across the globe that promotes and advocates for sexual health and sexual rights throughout the lifespan and across the world by advancing the field of sexology, sexuality research, comprehensive sexuality education, and clinical care and services, all of these informed by evidence and scientific enquiry.

May 18, 2020

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