Joint NGO submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

OHCHR

OII Australia has participated in a joint NGO submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The resulting document marks the first time where a joint Australian NGO submission to a UN committee has called for the criminalisation of “non-medically necessary deferrable medical interventions that alter the sex characteristics of infants and…
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Gaslighting in Victoria

Victorian government logo

In mid 2016, OII Australia made a submission to the United Nations Committee against Torture documenting human rights violations against intersex people in Australia. Since around that date, the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria has systematically removed evidence of human rights violations, including psychosocial justifications for surgeries such as “marriage” prospects, and…
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The Family Court case Re: Kaitlin [2017] FamCA 83

The Family Court of Australia has recently published a new case involving an intersex child, this time where the parents sought consent for their child, an adolescent, to obtain treatment for “gender dysphoria”. Unlike in the recent Family Court case Re Carla (Medical procedure) [2016] Fam CA 7, the case was not supported by a…
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Media statement: Fourth International Intersex Forum

Fourth International Intersex Forum participants

Media Statement Between the 20th and 23rd of April 2017, a Fourth International Intersex Forum was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The world’s largest intersex human rights forum to date was attended by 40 representatives of intersex organisations and independent advocates across all regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Post-Soviet countries, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America,…
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Including intersex people in sport

ACT report "Everyone Can Play"

The ACT Human Rights Commission has published a guide to the inclusion of transgender and intersex people in sport. Unfortunately, the guide homogenises intersex and transgender populations in a way that both makes intersex inclusion far more complex than it needs to be, and fails to recognise our diversity. The lengthy guide fails to understand…
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Record number of intersex participants come out for Mardi Gras

I is for Intersex

Joint press statement by AISSGA, OII Australia and BEECHAC. Sydney, Australia – This year’s Mardi Gras Parade will see the participation of the largest number of people born with intersex bodies ever in a public event in Australia. Members from many peer-run intersex organisations will be joined by other intersex individuals and allies in a…
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Statement by Candice at the screening of Arianna

Arianna

My name is Candice and I’m here tonight as a representative of OII Australia which is a human rights and peer support organisation for people who are intersex. I would like to thank Queer Screen for allowing us the opportunity to introduce Arianna and hopefully raise some awareness amongst you of what intersex entails. But…
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Marriage and people with intersex variations, a submission

Parliament

This paper, our submission to a current Senate inquiry on an exposure draft marriage bill, discusses the role of medical interventions in preparing intersex bodies for marriage, as well as issues with access to marriage. It provides a comprehensive update on the implications of marriage laws in Australia.

Miraculous thinking

We’ve had interviews like this piece, by Prospekt Magazine. Telling our personal stories is always challenging, bringing old wounds back to the surface. Alexander Berezkin, the interviewee in this article by Tatiana Kondratenko about intersex people in Russia, is to be congratulated. The problem with interviews like this is that Alexander’s story is incidental to…
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UN Committee against Torture: Australia must respond to list of issues

OHCHR

Every few years, the UN Committee against Torture reviews the performance of member states against the obligations of the Convention Against Torture. In June this year, OII Australia made a submission to the Committee to help it prepare a “List of Issues Prior to Reporting”, for the government to respond to. The Committee has now…
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The Family Court case Re: Carla (Medical procedure) [2016] FamCA 7

Hughes

Update For more detailed analyses of the case please consider reading the following resources: Carpenter M. The “Normalization” of Intersex Bodies and “Othering” of Intersex Identities in Australia. Bioethical Inquiry. 2018 May 7;1–9. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11673-018-9855-8 (Open access) Intersex Human Rights Australia, Carpenter M. Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission on the Review of…
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