ADDED ON: 06/20/2018

WHO Publishes ICD-11 – And No End in Sight for Pathologisation of Intersex People

06/19/2018 | OII Europe

On June 18, 2018, the World Health Organization published the new International Classification of Diseases in its 11th version, which will be presented for final approval to the World Health Assembly in 2019. It is the first time since 1992 that the ICD has been reviewed. On positive note trans identities where finally removed from the mental health chapter. However, despite intersex experts working with WHO in the process, people with variations of sex characteristics are being pathologized and called disordered. “OII Europe welcomes the positives changes that the ICD-11 makes in regards to trans people. Removing trans identities from the mental health chapter is an important and overdue step”, says Dan Christian Ghattas, Executive Director of OII Europe “however we are very concerned that WHO has let the chance pass to depathologise intersex people and hence to work towards decreasing human rights violations intersex people face in medical settings.”


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