Health and medical ethics

UN side event on intersex and human rights

On Friday, a side event was held at the UN Human Rights Council with intersex human rights defenders from five continents. Morgan Carpenter (OII Australia) moderated a panel featuring Julius Kaggwa (SIPD, Uganda), Hiker Chiu (Oii-Chinese, Taiwan), Kimberly Zieselman (AIC, US) and Dan Ghattas (OII Europe, Germany). The event was very kindly supported by ILGA and COC Netherlands.

Statement on intersex by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

In his opening address to the 30th Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, talked specifically about intersex people: Far too few of us are aware of the specific human rights violations faced by millions of intersex people. Because their bodies don’t comply with…
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Submission to NHMRC on genetic selection against intersex traits

In April 2014, OII Australia made a lengthy submission to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) calling for the prohibition of genetic testing to select against intersex traits. Unfortunately, draft guidelines by the NHMRC support decision making by individual clinicians in defining and screening “serious genetic conditions”. The same language of “serious” “genetic…
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Intersex sexual health survey

Flinders University

A new research project on intersex sexual health was announced yesterday. The research team is experienced and familiar with intersex populations, and we’re pleased to support this project. Some people might find the language around “marginalisation” unusual; we note that language is evolving as understandings of intersex shift to recognise our human rights. We write…
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UN Free & Equal campaign publishes intersex fact sheet

OHCHR

Overnight, the UN OHCHR released a long-awaited intersex fact sheet, as part of the Free&Equal campaign. Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Being intersex is much more common than most people think – according to experts there are as many intersex people…
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Submission on removing surgical requirements for changes to birth certificates in NSW

A submission to an inquiry stated to be on access to gender recognition by trans people. OII Australia was invited or requested by a range of parties to comment on numerous occasions during the inquiry submission period, and thus we made a submission despite the narrow suggested scope of the inquiry. It reflects our concerns on issues of involuntary or coerced medical treatment, and on proposed sex or gender classifications.