Proposed Revisions to the Yogyakarta Principles

Three proposals for additional principles to be added to the Yogyakarta Principles have been submitted to ARC International. Since their issuance in 2007, the Yogyakarta Principles have been the primary document defining the application of international human rights law with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity. They were developed by a group of international human rights experts who met in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to finalize the document.

The Yogyakarta Principles affirm binding international legal standards with which all States must comply. On January 5, 2017, ARC International issued a call for comment on how that Yogyakarta Principles should be supplemented to reflect developments in and the current state of international human rights law.

The first submission proposed a principle for recognizing the freedom to engage in private, adult, consensual, sexual activity.  The second proposal recommended a new principle recognizing the state obligation to base policy and human rights activities on an accurate and authentic understanding of the lives of people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. This principle would promote the ethical collection of data about sexual and gender minority populations. The third submission proposes new definitions of sexual orientation and gender identity which better address cross-cultural meanings of these terms.

The submissions will be reviewed by the drafting committee for the revised principles.  Ultimately, a group of experts will be assembled to review and issue, in final form, supplemental principles.

First submission: Freedom of sexuality

Second submission: Definition of sexual orientation and gender identity

Third submission: Ethical data collection on sexual and gender minorities

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