On Saturday 4 November 2017, the Centre for Human Rights (Centre) in partnership with Iranti-org and SIPD -Uganda convened a panel discussion on intersex human rights in Banjul, The Gambia. The event came on the side-lines of the 61st ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) which is taking place from 1-15 November. This was monumental considering that the African Commission is celebrating its 30 years anniversary and achievements ever-since it became operational 30 years ago.
- Prohibiting genital mutilation and medically unnecessary surgery or procedures on the sex characteristics of intersex children and to protect their physical integrity and respect their autonomy.
- Putting an end to infanticide and baby abandonment of intersex children.
- Prohibiting discrimination on the basis of intersex traits, characteristics or status including in education, health care, employment, competitive sports, access to public services and addressing the root causes of such discrimination through relevant anti-discrimination initiatives.
- Enacting laws and adopt administrative processes allowing intersex persons to amend sex markers on birth certificates and official documents.
- Ensuring that intersex people have the right to full information and access to their own medical records and history.
- Ensuring that human rights violations against intersex persons are investigated and alleged perpetrators prosecuted and that victims of such violations have access to effective remedy, including redress and compensation.
- Providing health care personnel with training on the health needs and human rights of intersex persons and on the appropriate advice and care to give to parent and intersex children being respectful of the intersex person’s autonomy, physical integrity and sex characteristics.
- Ensuring that members of the judiciary, immigration officers, law enforcement, health care, education and other officials and personnel are trained to respect and provide equal treatment to intersex people.