Intersex People

12 Dec 2008 11 23 33 Mani Intersex PeopleThe Transgender Inquiry recommended:

Consider the specific human rights issues facing intersex people:

  • through the Human Rights Commission undertaking further in-depth work in consultation with intersex people and other relevant government agencies.

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Intersex roundtables

In February 2010 the Commission hosted its second roundtable in Auckland. on human rights issues for intersex people. This brought together intersex people, family members, health professionals, academics and government agencies. It followed on from an initial roundtable in Wellington in July 2009. A summary of key points raised at both meetings are available below and comments are very welcome.

Background information

The Transgender Inquiry did not set out to conduct an inquiry into the human rights experiences of intersex people, but intersex people did come to the Inquiry to raise their concerns. Intersex people are protected against discrimination under the Human Rights Act 1993 and have the same rights as all other people to the full protection and promotion of their human rights. Significant human rights issues affecting intersex people merit urgent consideration to improve their dignity, equality and security.

There is a need for more education and dialogue about the human rights of intersex people, including information about historical and current medical practices. Questions remain about the adequacy of medical training, current standards of care, guidelines on medical interventions and access to medical records.

The Commission has an ongoing interest in hearing from intersex people and their families, health professionals, government agencies and others interested in human rights issues for intersex people.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has also considered the specific human rights issues concerning surgeries on intersex infants. Their July 2009 paper can be downloaded here.

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