Promoting Intersex Human Rights Internationally

By participating in human rights convenings at the international level, interACT helps to raise awareness of the human rights violations experienced by intersex youth. In collaboration with intersex activists across the globe we have worked with the World Health Organization, the United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Organization of American States, and others, ushering in an important wave of attention to intersex issues and highlighting the importance of accountability for the human rights violations experienced by this population.

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UN Convention Against Torture Recommendations 2016 as part of 2018 UPR

The interACT legal team submitted a document to the 59th Session of the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT) urging them to consider some key questions around intersex in the future periodic review of the USA. This document provides an updated summary of the current standing of intersex surgery and human rights.  It also reiterates the fact that continued treatment of intersex individuals in the United States clearly meets the CAT’s standards for torture: that the action be intentional and performed for discriminatory and non-medical purposes; performed with state control, custody or consent; cause severe physical and psychological pain or suffering; and involve those who are powerless to refuse.

UN LGBTI Core Group Presentation on Sex Characteristics, New York, NY (June 2018)

UN “Born Perfect Panel”, New York, NY (May 2018)

UN Panel Sponsored by Outright Action International and Arc International, Human Rights Principles for the Treatment of Rural LBGTI Women and People, New York, NY (March 2018)

UN Panel Sponsored by Malta, Gender Stereotyping: Why We Do It, Why It’s a Problem and How We Fight It, New York, NY (March 2018)

UN LGBTI Core Group, Intersex Rights, New York, NY (July 2017)

UN European Union “4 Human Rights Panel”, Dispelling Myths and Delivering Rights: Intersex Issues in Focus, New York, NY (June 2017)

“Statements to the UN Special Rapporteur for Health”, 2015 & 2017


interACT youth member Axel Keating delivered a statement to the UN Special Rapporteur for Health in New York City, in October 2015, calling for the recognition of intersex people’s sexual health as a necessary component of their well-being, peer support and community involvement for intersex youth and their families, and the end of non-consensual and medically unnecessary genital-normalizing surgeries on intersex children.

“UN Free & Equal Intersex Campaign”, 2016

The United Nations is calling on governments and parents to protect intersex children from harm. They have launched a campaign that features interACT staff, board and youth members.

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