OIIAustralia applauds Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović for his intersex-inclusive comments when delivering a message for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a panel discussion about ending violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity – Stop Bullying – Ending violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity – at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday 8th December.
While Mr Ki-Moon’s statement did not include intersex, Mr Šimonović’s did:
Gradually, States are coming to see that the commitments to eliminate discrimination enshrined in the Universal Declaration [of Human Rights] and in our core United Nations human rights treaties apply to everyone, not just heterosexuals but gays and lesbians and bisexual, transgender and intersex people too.
The formula “sexual orientation and gender identity” does not include intersex due to intersex being neither. Intersex is, in fact, variations in biological sex.
Mr Ki-Moon stated:
Like many of you, I continue to be dismayed at reports of children as young as eleven being subjected to sustained verbal abuse, taunting and serious physical attacks because of their presumed sexual orientation or gender identity.
Intersex children as young as newborns are subjected to cruel and violent deaths simply for having been born intersex, and those who survive that or intersex genital mutilation (IGM) are often subjected to a lifetime of violent brutalization, bullying, discrimination and the denial of fundamental human rights, everywhere across the planet, in all societies, at all strata of society.
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, we ask you to fully include intersex people in all your work.
Stop Bullying Panelists:
- Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- Philippe Kridelka, Director UNESCO New York
- Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard Foundation (USA)
- Doi Nakpor, human rights defender (Thailand)
- Nadine Moawad, human rights defender (Lebanon)
- Stephane Innocent Simpore, human rights defender (Burkina Faso)