I said long ago that the normalization of pedophilia was on the horizon. That horizon has arrived. Various academics have written papers in recent years trying to normalize pedophilia. The latest at normalization comes from the United Nations.

The United Nations has essentially declared that it is a human right for minors to consent to sex with whomever they want, including adults. In a March 2023 report written by the International Commission of Jurists (an international group of 60 judges and lawyers), it’s declared that “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.”

On their view, children have the capacity for genuine consent to sex with adults even if they may not be able to do so legally, and this should be taken into consideration when punishing adults who have sex with minors. They stop short of explicitly stating that adult-child sex should be decriminalized altogether, but it’s difficult to walk away from this report without thinking this is heavily implied.

The ICJ is not part of the United Nations, but was created by the UN. “The ICJ panel was brought together in 2018 by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to create a new set of principles and legal guidance on how the international community should respond under criminal law on topics related to human rights issues.”[1] It’s ties to the UN go even deeper. The report was “endorsed by members affiliated with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, and launched on Wednesday, March 8 at a side event to the 52nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council.”[2] I think it’s safe to say, then, that the UN is endorsing this view.