The World Association of Sexual Health (WAS) Declaration of Sexual Rights

The World Association of Sexual Health (WAS) is the international peak body for sexual health and includes sexology and psychosexual therapy.

WAS adopted the Declaration of Sexual Rights in Hong Kong at the 14th World Congress of Sexology, on August 26, 1999 then revised and expanded the rights in 2014.

These rights include the right to:

  • equality and non-discrimination
  • life, liberty and security of the person
  • autonomy and bodily integrity
  • be free from torture and cruel inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment
  • be free from all forms of violence and coercion
  • sexual privacy
  • the highest attainable standards of health including sexual health with possibility of pleasure, satisfying, and safe sexual experiences
  • the benefits of scientific progress and its application
  • information
  • education and the right to comprehensive sexuality education
  • enter, form and dissolve marriage and other similar types of relationship based on equality and full and free consent
  • whether to have children, the nature and spacing of children and to have the information and means to do so
  • freedom of thought, opinion and expression
  • freedom of association and peaceful assembly
  • participate in public and political life
  • access to justice, remedies and redress

Download the full Declaration and Technical Document (PDF)