3rd Intersex Forum 2013The participants of the 3rd International Intersex Forum, Malta 29.11.–01.12.2013

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The following is the original, unaltered and full seminal statement as issued by the 3rd International Intersex Forum 2013 in Malta under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence, in which "ND" stands for "No Derivatives", meaning that it is NOT OK to alter or change things when reproducing the Statement ('best intentions' notwithstanding). Daniela Truffer and Markus Bauer (StopGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org) participated in both the 2nd Forum in Stockholm 2012 and the 3rd Forum, and suggested among other things the inclusion of "legislative measures" (to end IGM practices), access to "adequate redress" and the "right to truth" (for IGM survivors) in the demands.

Public Statement by the Third International Intersex Forum

Preamble:

We affirm that intersex people are real, and we exist in all regions and all countries around the world. Thus, intersex people must be supported to be the drivers of social, political and legislative changes that concern them.

We reaffirm the principles of the First and Second International Intersex Fora and extend the demands aiming to end discrimination against intersex people and to ensure the right of bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination.

Demands:

  • To put an end to mutilating and ‘normalising’ practices such as genital surgeries, psychological and other medical treatments through legislative and other means. Intersex people must be empowered to make their own decisions affecting own bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination.

  • To put an end to preimplantation genetic diagnosis, pre-natal screening and treatment, and selective abortion of intersex foetuses.

  • To put an end to infanticide and killings of intersex people.

  • To put an end to non-consensual sterilisation of intersex people.

  • To depathologise variations in sex characteristics in medical guidelines, protocols and classifications, such as the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases.

  • To register intersex children as females or males, with the awareness that, like all people, they may grow up to identify with a different sex or gender.

  • To ensure that sex or gender classifications are amendable through a simple administrative procedure at the request of the individuals concerned. All adults and capable minors should be able to choose between female (F), male (M), non-binary or multiple options. In the future, as with race or religion, sex or gender should not be a category on birth certificates or identification documents for anybody.

  • To raise awareness around intersex issues and the rights of intersex people in society at large.

  • To create and facilitate supportive, safe and celebratory environments for intersex people, their families and surroundings.

  • To ensure that intersex people have the right to full information and access to their own medical records and history.

  • To ensure that all professionals and healthcare providers that have a specific role to play in intersex people's wellbeing are adequately trained to provide quality services.

  • To provide adequate acknowledgement of the suffering and injustice caused to intersex people in the past, and provide adequate redress, reparation, access to justice and the right to truth.

  • To build intersex anti-discrimination legislation in addition to other grounds, and to ensure protection against intersectional discrimination.

  • To ensure the provision of all human rights and citizenship rights to intersex people, including the right to marry and form a family.

  • To ensure that intersex people are able to participate in competitive sport, at all levels, in accordance with their legal sex. Intersex athletes who have been humiliated or stripped of their titles should receive reparation and reinstatement.

  • Recognition that medicalization and stigmatisation of intersex people result in significant trauma and mental health concerns.

  • In view of ensuring the bodily integrity and well-being of intersex people, autonomous non-pathologising psycho-social and peer support be available to intersex people throughout their life (as self-required), as well as to parents and/or care providers.

In view of the above the Forum calls on:

  1. International, regional and national human rights institutions to take on board, and provide visibility to intersex issues in their work.

  2. National governments to address the concerns raised by the Intersex Forum and draw adequate solutions in direct collaboration with intersex representatives and organisations.

  3. Media agencies and sources to ensure intersex people's right to privacy, dignity, accurate and ethical representation.

  4. Funders to engage with intersex organisations and support them in the struggle for visibility, increase their capacity, the building of knowledge and the affirmation of their human rights.

  5. Human rights organisations to contribute to build bridges with intersex organisations and build a basis for mutual support. This should be done in a spirit of collaboration and no-one should instrumentalise intersex issues as a means for other ends.

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See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practic
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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