IHRA has made a formal submission to the Department of Justice and Attorney General of the Queensland Government on proposed amendments to legislation on birth certificates. The submission is grounded in the Darlington Statement of March 2017, and the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10.
IHRA editorials, policies, submissions
Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) is keen to receive expressions of interest from people interested in joining the board of the institution. Deadline: 15 April 2018.
At a Special General Meeting on 4 March 2018, members approved a change in name to “Intersex Human Rights Australia” (IHRA) from OII Australia. This name change more closely represents our work, promoting human rights and particularly protection of bodily autonomy and freedom from torture and ill-treatment, and providing education and information.
OII Australia has made a formal submission to the Northern Territory Department of the Attorney General and Justice. It responds to a current consultation on law reform. The submission notes that the Department’s discussion paper conflates sex classifications and sex characteristics. In doing so, the Department is unfortunately not unique in Australia. We recommend that…
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We commend the Full Court of the Family Court in deciding to permit a competent transgender adolescent to make their own informed decision about stage 2 hormone treatment, in consultation with clinicians and their parents. We hope that Kelvin is also well connected with his peers. As the Australian Human Rights Commission has noted, this…
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An important and long-awaited supplement to the Yogyakarta Principles is published today. The Principles apply international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, and now also gender expression and sex characteristics.
Steph Lum gave this speech to the Inclusive Canberra think tank, held by the ACT LGBTIQ Ministerial Advisory Council, on 14 November 2017. Tonight I am speaking as a young person with an intersex variation. I’m really encouraged that we have such a positive environment here in the ACT and there’s a lot of energy…
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We welcome the 61.6% majority ‘yes’ verdict, and a majority in every State and Territory. OII Australia hopes that Parliament will now legislate to enable every adult couple to marry, irrespective of their sex characteristics.
The UN Human Rights Committee has made a powerful call to recognise the human rights of intersex people, including through ending irreversible medical treatment that is not absolutely medically necessary, and that takes place before a child can comprehend and provide informed consent.
Clinicians are increasingly raising their voices in opposition to forced and coercive interventions, including Physicians for Human Rights and the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, but more action is needed – particularly in Australia.
26 October is intersex awareness day, and events are taking place in multiple capital cities across Australia, and in cities elsewhere, all around the world. These hopefully provide a chance for individuals to find out more about intersex people, our lives, and the human rights issues we face. The last year has been both exciting…
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OII Australia has submitted a shadow report to the UN Human Rights Committee, endorsed by the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia, Disabled People’s Organisations of Australia, National LGBTI Health Alliance, and People with Disability Australia. It provides evidence of continuing forced and coercive practices in Australian hospitals, with support from Australian governments and the Family Court, and makes a number of recommendations, based upon the 2017 Darlington Statement.