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UPR35: Denmark recommends Sweden to adopt a new gender recognition law and to ratify ILO Convention 169

Universal Periodic Review, 35th session
Human Rights Council

UPR of Sweden, 27 January 2020
Intervention by Denmark

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Mr. President,

Denmark welcomes the delegation of Sweden.

We commend Sweden for its long-lasting commitment to human rights, including on gender-related matters. The issue of gender identity is an important aspect hereof.

Denmark recommends the Government to adopt a new gender recognition law, as proposed in SOU 2014:91, basing legal gender recognition on self-definition and detaching it from medical procedures.

We also wish to highlight Sweden’s protection of the rights of indigenous peoples as a matter of importance.

In this regard, Denmark recommends the Government to ratify the ILO Convention 169 on indigenous and tribal peoples.

We wish Sweden a successful review.

I thank you.