A March report by international legal professionals and backed by the United Nations suggested that minors may be able to consent to sex.
The report, titled "The 8 March Principles for a Human Rights-Based Approach to Criminal Law Proscribing Conduct Associated with Sex, Reproduction, Drug Use, HIV, Homelessness and Poverty," was drafted by the 60 members of the International Commission of Jurists and meant to serve as legal guidance.
"Composed of 60 eminent judges and lawyers from all regions of the world, the International Commission of Jurists promotes and protects human rights through the Rule of Law, by using its unique legal expertise to develop and strengthen national and international justice systems," the report stated.
It lists several principles intended to provide a "clear, accessible and operational legal framework and practical legal guidance" on human rights concerns, including "consensual sexual activities, including in such contexts as sex outside marriage, same-sex sexual relations, adolescent sexual activity and sex work."
The report claims that while determining human rights law, certain factors should be considered, including "adolescents' evolving capacity to consent in certain contexts, in fact, even if not in law, when they are below the prescribed minimum age of consent in domestic law."
UNAIDs and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights also contributed to the creation of the March report.
According to an article from UNAIDS, the purpose for presenting new legal principles was to address the "continued overuse of criminal law by governments and in some cases arbitrary and discriminatory criminal laws," which it claimed has caused "a number of human rights violations."
"They also perpetuate stigma, harmful gender stereotypes and discrimination based on such grounds as gender or sexual orientation," UNAIDS claimed.
The shocking report suggests that "adolescents," which the U.N. defines as individuals between 10 and 19 years old, may be able to consent to sexual activity.
Principle 16, "Consensual Sexual Conduct," states that certain sexual activities "may not be criminalized."
"Consensual sexual conduct, irrespective of the type of sexual activity, the sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression of the people involved or their marital status, may not be criminalized in any circumstances," it reads. "Consensual same-sex, as well as consensual different-sex sexual relations, or consensual sexual relations with or between trans, non-binary and other gender-diverse people, or outside marriage – whether pre-marital or extramarital – may, therefore, never be criminalized."
"With respect to the enforcement of criminal law, any prescribed minimum age of consent to sex must be applied in a non-discriminatory manner. Enforcement may not be linked to the sex/gender of participants or age of consent to marriage," the report continues.
It then claims, "Moreover, sexual conduct involving persons below the domestically prescribed minimum age of consent to sex may be consensual in fact, if not in law. In this context, the enforcement of criminal law should reflect the rights and capacity of persons under 18 years of age to make decisions about engaging in consensual sexual conduct and their right to be heard in matters concerning them. Pursuant to their evolving capacities and progressive autonomy, persons under 18 years of age should participate in decisions affecting them, with due regard to their age, maturity and best interests, and with specific attention to non-discrimination guarantees."
Commentator Ian Miles Cheong shared a screenshot of the report on Twitter with the caption, "According to the United Nations, children may consent to sex with adults. This has been the plan all along."
One Twitter user replied, "It's a weird document as they define an adolescent 10-19 yrs, personally I think a 10 yr old is a kid not an adolescent. How can a 10yr old consent to something they don't understand? I find the bits I've read deliberately vague."
Another user argued that the report did not mention children engaging in sexual activity with adults. He tweeted, "It just says that sometimes minors choose to have sex, assumptively with each other but maybe not always, which is and always has been very true."
In response to his post, a third Twitter user added, "The fact that the language is not specifically mentioned leaves the door open for adults to engage in sexual acts with minors and get away with it. An obvious intentional loophole."
The International Commission of Jurists, UNAIDS, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights did not respond to a request for comment, Fox News Digital reported.
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