On February 25th, 2021 South African athlete Caster Semenya filed an application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)1 to fight for dignity, equality, and the human rights of women in sports. She challenges the demeaning and intrusive regulations implemented by the World Athletics in 2018 that discriminate and prohibit some women, including women born with variations of sex characteristics, to participate in international competitions.
A good first step: Germany adopts law banning IGM. But there is still room for improvement.
On March 25, 2021, the German Bundestag adopted a draft law from the federal government “for the protection of children with variants of sex development”i (19/24686). The law provides a first, yet non-comprehensive, framework to protect intersex children from non-vital, non-emergency medical interventions.
On March 24th 2021 the European Commission published the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child. The strategy addresses [Continue Reading]
Our research document contains the results of the research that we conducted together with ILGA-Europe and C.I.A. The research aims at showing a positive trend in Europe towards the recognition of non-binary identities.
On Thursday 11 March 2021 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the declaration of the EU as an LGBTIQ [Continue Reading]
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy acknowledges violation of intersex children’s human rights
We thank the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, Joseph A. Cannataci, for considering OII Europe’s submission prior to the report, where we highlighted the most pressing areas and violations that impact on intersex children’s capacity for and enjoyment of their self-determination, autonomy and development of their personal identity
On Thursday 11th of February 2021, members from all the parties present at the plenary session of the Belgian House of Representatives unanimously adopted the “Resolution for recognizing the right to bodily integrity of intersex minors”.
The present case concerns the breach of bodily integrity through sex-assignement procedures on intersex children and the obstacles faced when seeking reparation before the Courts.
Intersex people are belonging to the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in our society. This is also true in regards of their socio-economic situation: Ongoing discrimination, stigmatisation and the consequences of human rights violations is preventing intersex people from experiencing full equality in the area of employment.
For many intersex refugees other or additional reasons for persecution and discrimination can be their gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). On their arrival in Europe they are entering into a country where intersex is still stigmatized and a taboo, where there is still too little awareness of what it means to be intersex, and where non-consensual surgeries and treatments of intersex people are still the norm.