Human Rights

Starry, Starry Night – the short life of Herculine Barbin

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Starry, Starry Night – the short life of Herculine Barbin

Herculine Barbin’s birthday – commemorated every year as Intersex Day of Remembrance Almost 150 years after Herculine’s death intersex people ourselves are reframing the language and understanding about what it means to be intersex, what it means to embody diversity that remains both known of, yet unspoken. It is intersex advocates and activists who are…
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The BBC Series – Countdown to Life: the Extraordinary Making of You – official complaint CAS-3492261-DLFVBV

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Series producer chose to erase any reference to intersex in a programme that led with a feature about the Guavedoches of the Dominican Republic On the 21st September the BBC led a high profile, resource-rich series with a package about the Guevedoches of the Dominican Republic.  The pre-publicity in the press was unavoidable, and quickly…
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Lazy Sunday Afternoon*

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Idly musing on a sunny Sunday afternoon about the current positions shared by clinicians working within intersex medicine, and advocates striving to change those parameters Clinicians – we will talk to you – these are our terms: current clinical protocols. Advocates – we will talk to you – these are our terms: change the current…
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BMJ Article questions Continuance of Current Orthodox Clinical Practice toward Intersex Infants and Young Children

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Article to the BMJ Flags Clinical Concerns about Current Orthodox Practices in Intersex Medicine An article published to the current edition of the British Medical Journal – BMJ – clearly flags up rising concerns about the changing atmosphere surrounding clinical interventions toward anyone born intersex. It cites the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights statement…
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Opening remarks by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Expert meeting on ending human rights violations against intersex persons

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Opening remarks by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Expert meeting on ending human rights violations against intersex persons

Intersex colleagues gathered in Geneva today to meet and discuss intersex human rights issues.  They were welcomed by  Zeid Ra-ad Al Hussein – the UN High Commission for Human Rights.  During his statement he acknowledged the historic nature of this meeting, and the continuing lack of knowledge about intersex human rights issues. OII-UK warmly welcomes…
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