IHRA has made a Shadow Report submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), on the situation of intersex people in Australia. This submission builds upon our recent submissions to the Australian Law Reform Commission and the UN Human Rights Committee. It makes similar recommendations to those in our submission to the UN Human Rights Committee.
In particular, we find it difficult to square our understanding of current medical practices and recent Family Court cases with the following statements from the government submission, dated 22 March 2018:
158. The Australian Government is committed to respecting the rights of all persons to physical integrity and reproductive rights.
159. A procedure for the purposes of sterilisation may only occur in Australia with the person’s consent or with authorisation from a court or guardianship tribunal if the person is unable to give valid consent. Australia does not propose any changes to these arrangements.
160. In 2013, an Australian Senate Committee completed an Inquiry into the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disability and intersex people. The Australian Government considered the Committee’s recommendations, but does not propose any changes to existing arrangements.