Sexual and reproductive health

Eliminating forced, coercive and otherwise involuntary sterilization

An interagency statement

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Authors:
OHCHR, UN Women, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO

Publication details

Number of pages: 17
Publication date: May 2014
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150732 5

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Like any other contraceptive method, sterilization should only be provided with the full, free and informed consent of the individual. However, in some countries, people belonging to certain population groups, including people living with HIV, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, and transgender and intersex persons, continue to be sterilized without their full, free and informed consent.

This statement aims to contribute to the elimination of forced, coercive and otherwise involuntary sterilization. It reaffirms that sterilization as a method of contraception and family planning should be available, accessible, acceptable, of good quality, and free from discrimination, coercion and violence, and that laws, regulations, policies and practices should ensure that the provision of procedures resulting in sterilization is based on the full, free and informed decision-making of the person concerned.