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Submission: Human Rights of People Born with Variation in Sex Characteristics

Amnesty International has submitted to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s consultation into protecting the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions.


People with variations in sex characteristics in Australia are routinely subject to medical interventions without free, prior informed consent, typically in infancy, childhood or adolescence

Amnesty International Australia calls on Australia to end non-emergency, invasive and irreversible medical interventions on infants and children with variations in sex characteristics to ensure the full enjoyment of the rights of persons with variations in sex characteristics. Normalising surgery should never take place without personal informed consent.

The Yogyakarta Principles, the Darlington Statement and the Malta Statement are important guiding documents that Amnesty has used to make ten recommendations to this consultation.