Conversion Therapies

A UN Independent expert will be presenting his report to the Human Rights Council during Pride Month, to call for a global ban against conversion therapy, said a UN News Report. 

Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’s report will be part of the 44th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council. 

The report states that conversion therapy are “deeply harmful interventions” hanging on the idea that LGBTQ people are sick. 

“Such practices aim at changing people from gay, lesbian or bisexual to heterosexual, and from trans or gender diverse to cisgender, Madrigal-Borloz said. 

In 2012, and 2016 two different studies had already reported the ineffectiveness of the therapy. 

The studies found that conversion therapy is detrimental to the victims health and threatens the person’s human rights. 

In 2020, the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG) declared the practice as a fraud and deceptive. 

Nevertheless, conversion therapy is still continuing and being practiced worldwide.

According to the report, perpetrators of conversion therapy hail from different field: mental health care, faith-based organizations, traditional healers and State agents.

In fact, the victim’s family usually support this practice.

Madrigal-Borloz’s recommendation in his report urge states to put measures in protecting children and young people from conversion therapy. 

Violence and discrimination persevere due to “Pathologization, demonization and criminalization of LGBT persons”, said the UN expert. 

Conversion Therapy is a Violation of a Person’s Human Rights

Conversion therapy are dehumanizing and interferes in a persons personal integrity and autonomy, said the UN News report. 

These therapies usually use these methods: Psychotherapy, Medical and Faith-Based.

Furthermore, practices under these methods degrades the person subject to it.

These people experience physical abuse, electroshock and pseudo medical procedures.

In other words, this practice violates a person’s right to health by stepping on their freedom from non-consensual medical treatment.  



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