Health and medical ethics

Human Rights Commissioner: Bodily autonomy is basic human right

Resilient Individuals

The Australian Human Rights Commissioner launched the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights report today, “Resilient Individuals”. It notes continuing forced surgical interventions on intersex people, and calls for implementation of the Senate committee report, Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia.

UN report condemns violence against LGBT and intersex people

OHCHR

Overnight, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a new report, “Discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”, A/HRC/29/23, which includes detailed reference to intersex and other LGBTI persons. OII Australia warmly welcomes this report, which for the first time calls for an…
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Council of Europe on “Human rights and intersex people”

We warmly congratulate the Council of Europe, Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, and report author Silvan Agius for a landmark report on the human rights of people with intersex variations. The report contains 8 clear and simple recommendations, and strong analysis. Binary classifications of sex and gender are omnipresent in our society and inform…
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UN committee on disability issues comments on intersex

CRPD thematic briefing, photo by Diane Kingston

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities issued observations on Germany overnight, including a statement on intersex people for the first time. In doing so it referenced a previous statement by the UN Committee Against Torture, and it joins the UN Committee on Rights of the Child. The CRPD statement In Concluding…
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PBS policy change on testosterone

Testogel sachets

This is a submission to the Health Minister, following a reported policy change by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) restricting access to testosterone to treatment initiated by a specialist. Dear Minister I write as president of Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia Limited, an intersex-led Public Benevolent Institution run by volunteers that promotes the human…
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We celebrate Maltese protections for intersex people

GIGESC

OII Australia joins with our European intersex and trans partner organisations in celebrating the passage of the Gender Identity Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act. The Act passed with cross party support, without a vote, in the small hours of this morning. This is an historic moment. The Act contains key improvements from all existing…
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