sexual orientation

URI: http://eige.europa.eu/taxonomy/term/1380

Definition

Sexual orientation is understood to refer to each person’s capacity for profound emotional, affectional and sexual attraction to, and intimate and sexual relations with, individuals of a different gender, the same gender or more than one gender.

Source(s)

Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. This is an instrument of soft law, developed in 2006 at a meeting of the International Commission of Jurists, the International Service for Human Rights and human rights experts from around the world. Although not binding per se, these principles are increasingly referred to when interpreting international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

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