Amnesty International has written to Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne, thanking her for Australia’s recent support on the Joint Statement on the Human Rights of Intersex Persons at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
This statement calls on member states to take concrete measures to combat harmful practises, violence and discrimination against intersex persons, develop policies in close consultations with those affected, ensure accountability, reverse discriminatory laws and provide victims with access to remedy.
However, the fight for Intersex rights does not end now. State and territory Governments must enact this statement by banning forced and coercive medical interventions on Intersex People in State and Territory law.
Amnesty has also written to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and all relevant State and Territory Health Ministers, urging them to implement Australia’s commitments.