Declaration of Sexual Rights

In recognition that sexual rights are essential for the achievement of the highest attainable sexual

health,the World Association for SexualHealth:

STATES that sexual rights are grounded in universal human rights that are already recognized in international and regional human rights documents, in national constitutions and laws, human rights standards and principles,and inscientific knowledgerelated tohuman sexuality andsexualhealth.

REAFFIRMS that sexuality is a central aspect of being human throughout life,encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy, and reproduction. Sexuality is experienced and expressed In thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviours, practices,roles,and relationships. While sexuality can include all of these dimensions,not all of them are always experienced or expressed.Sexuality is influenced by theInteraction of biological, psychological, social, economic,political,cultural,legal, historical,religious,andspiritualfactors.

RECOGNIZES that sexuality is a source of pleasure and wellbeing and contributes to overall fulfillment andsatisfaction.

REAFFIRMS that sexualhealth is a state of physical, emotional,mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality;it is not merely the absence of disease,dysfunction or infirmity.Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurableand safe sexualexperiences,free of coercion,discrimination andviolence.

REAFFIRMS that sexual health cannot be defined, understood or made operational without a broad understanding of sexuality.

REAFFIRMS that for sexual health to be attained and maintained,the sexual rights of all persons must be respected,protectedand fulfilled.

RECOGNIZES that sexual rights are based on the inherent freedom,dignity, and equality of all human beings andinclude a commitment toprotection from harm.

STATES that equality and non-discrimination are foundational to all human rights protection and promotion and include the prohibition of any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of race, ethnicity, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,including disability,age,nationality,maritaland family status,sexual orientationand gender identity,healthstatus,placeof residence,economic andsocial situation.

RECOGNIZES that persons’ sexual orientations, gender¬† identities, gender expressions and bodily diversities require humanrights protection.

RECOGNIZES that all types of violence, harassment discrimination, exclusion, and stigmatization are violations of humanrights,andimpactthewellbeing of individuals,families and communities.

AFFIRMS that the obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights apply to all sexual rights and freedoms.

AFFIRMS that sexual rights protect all people’s rights to fulfill and express their sexuality and enjoy sexual health,withdue regard for therights of others.

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