Human Rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

By on .

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He has just spoken about intersex human rights abuses in his inaugural address to the 30th Human Right Council in Geneva.  OII-UK urges the UK government and other agencies to address the continuing abuse of intersex human rights, and acknowledge that it is…
Read more →

What does it mean to be Intersex

By on .

What does it mean to be Intersex

UN Free and Equal Campaign publishes Intersex Leaflet         The UN Free and Equal LGBT Campaign has just published it’s first factsheet about intersex. It’s a short, informative leaflet details the human rights violations intersex people face, and highlights action nations states and institutions need to adopt. These provide a very useful…
Read more →

On the Turning Away – A Brief Exploration of Medical Ethics

By on .

Philip Zimbardo is an American psychologist. He was detailed to investigate the abuses – long denied – committed on prisoners at the Abu Ghraib detention camp. In his report he describes the phenomena whereby apparently otherwise “good” people do very bad things, in this case, the crimes committed in Abu Ghraib. “Good people do bad…
Read more →

Ghost in the Machine

By on .

Once you label me, you negate me Søren Kierkegaard We know nothing of Joseph Marzo in life, so it is impossible to know what they would have ever thought of the declaration made after their death that they were “una donna” – a woman. They died after another episode of the vomiting and diarrhea that…
Read more →

Should Doctors Operate on Intersex Babies?

By on .

In a word, no.   However, that wouldn’t make for a very readable Buzzfeed article, so instead we have this.   This article is gaining some traction on fb. It’s easy to see why. It has an identifiable subject who has been subjected to appalling medicalised violence in the name of orthodox protocols. Protocols that…
Read more →

Hidden in Plain Sight

By on .

The United States has been in the vanguard of writing and influencing intersex medical protocols since the 1950’s, and it has been so since J Money wrote his hypothesis that sought to justify non-consensual, pre-emptive surgical and other medical interventions on people born intersex.  The currently adopted protocols have only served to reify those orthodoxies. …
Read more →