Anti-discrimination

What human rights are affected by early medical intervention?

What human rights are affected by early medical interventions aimed at “normalising” the bodies of intersex infants, children and adolescents? The Yogyakarta Principles In particular Principle 18: B: Take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure that no child’s body is irreversibly altered by medical procedures in an attempt to impose a gender…
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NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (NSW ADB) Annual Report 2008-2009 Released

NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (NSW ADB) Annual Report 2008-2009 Released

The Anti-Discrimination Board’s 2008-2009 Annual Report has been published. On page 27 it includes a blunt assessment of the lack of protection for intersex people anywhere in Australia: Intersex discrimination – intersex people are not protected against discrimination anywhere in Australia External link: ADB Annual Report 2008-2009

AHRC calls for new Australian Children’s Commissioner

AHRC calls for new Australian Children’s Commissioner

The Australian Human Rights Commission has called for the establishment of a new Children’s Commissioner: “The Convention on the Rights of the Child is one of the world’s most important human rights treaties, and the most widely ratified treaty in the history of the United Nations… “The 20th anniversary today is a cause to celebrate…
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On intersex birth registrations

Intersex people in several Australian are able to obtain an administrative correction of intersex birth registrations, including correction to male, female, or (in some cases) blank designation. Note: in some jurisdictions, such as New South Wales, the rules for people changing sex marker on birth certificates (whether intersex or not) can be onerous, particularly when…
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Germaine Greer: children “are owned like pets”

Germaine Greer: children “are owned like pets”

Australian-born British-resident public intellectual and retired academic Germaine Greer yesterday made a comment that may be seen as of benefit to intersex people during her address to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney. Children are “the least free of all, and are owned like pets or slaves. They can be mutilated with impunity,” she said….
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