European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

2nd International Intersex Forum

Between 9-11 December 2012, the second International Intersex Forum took place in Stockholm. This event brought together 37 activists representing 33 intersex organisations and supportive institutions from all continents.

Building on the achievements of the previous forum held in Brussels in September 2011, the event continued to explore the characteristics of the Intersex Movement, develop agreements on priorities for advocacy and strategise.

The forum was aiming to contribute to movement building, development of working relationships and new alliances and agree how to advance the work which started a year ago on the key identified priorities.

The working methods utilised was a combination of individual, pair, small group and large group reflection, discussion and planning. There was an emphasis on people getting to know each other so as to build stronger working relationships that was the basis for future alliances and projects.

Conclusions

The Forum agreed to affirm the principles of the first International Intersex Forum and extended the demands aiming to end discrimination against intersex people and to ensure the right of bodily integrity and self-determination:
 

  1. To put an end to mutilating and ‘normalising’ practices such as genital surgeries, psychological and other medical treatments, including infanticide and selective abortion (on the grounds of intersex).
  2. To ensure that the personal, free, prior, and fully informed consent of the intersex individual is a compulsory requirement in all medical practices and protocols.
  3. Creating and facilitating supportive, safe and celebratory environments for intersex people, their families and surroundings.
  4. In view of ensuring the bodily integrity and health of the intersex child, psycho-social support and non-pathologising peer support be provided to parents and/or care providers and the child`s immediate family instead of surgical or other medical treatment unless such interventions are live-saving.
  5. The provision of all human rights and citizenship rights to intersex people.
  6. The provision of access to one`s own medical records and any documentation, and the affirmation of the intersex person`s right to truth.
  7. The acknowledgement and redress of the suffering and injustice caused in the past.

In view of the above the Forum calls on:

  1. The United Nations to take on board intersex rights in its human rights work. Find the open letter to the UN Commissioner for Human Rights here.
  2. Other regional and national human rights institutions to address the human rights of intersex people in their work and in turn call on their respective governments/institutions to affirm them.
  3. Human rights organisations and LGBTI specific organisations to give visibility and inclusion to intersex people and their human rights concerns.
  4. Intersex people to link up to the intersex movement and help it become more visible.

The Forum thanks the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe for its engagement with the Forum and calls on it to fulfil its intentions to address intersex rights in its work.

Finally the Forum calls on the members of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association currently gathered in Stockholm for the ILGA World Conference 2012 to support the creation of an Intersex Secretariat with the ILGA structure.


Open Letter: A Call for the Inclusion of Human Rights for Intersex People

Read here the open letter A Call for the Inclusion of Human Rights for Intersex People from the participants of the second forum of intersex organizing to Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.