Uphold human rights for intersex people
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Uphold human rights for intersex people

    1. Maya Posch
    2. Petition by

      Maya Posch

      Karlsruhe, Germany

Maya Posch has been fighting for recognition as intersex in the Netherlands for over eight years. She has encountered hostility and apathy from doctors, psychologists and politicians who have ignored her, or worse. Her story is described at www.mayaposch.com She is currently seeking refuge outside the Netherlands where she'll be safe.

The human rights of intersex people worldwide are often ignored because they don't fit into standard social and medical models. Although at least one in every thousand people is born intersex, many countries do not acknowledge their existence. It is common for intersex children to be operated on when they are too young to consent, just to change the way they look. This can cause lasting health problems. In adult life, intersex people often find medical support unavailable and keep their circumstances secret out of fear that their lives will be ruined by others' prejudice.

We ask that the United Nations take action to ensure that the human rights of intersex people are upheld and that they are shown the same support and respect as anyone else. Intersex people must be protected from discrimination and from unwanted surgery. Provision must be made for them to receive medical support where needed without insurance penalties.

People like Maya depend on your support. Please support this petition, tell your friends about it, and help to create a fairer society.

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Thomas Victor CLARKSTON, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am intersex and have had 12 surgeries due to complications of the initial non-medically necessary, non-consensual surgery at age 2. My bodily integrity, and that of my intersex friends, has been violated. The trauma to which I was subjected as a child, and re-subjected to as an adult, has left me with severe mental illness. I cannot bear to see another generation suffer at the hands of doctors who seek to enforce normalcy. I will do everything in my power to stop the mutilation of children's genitals.

    • Matthias Brinke GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      Human rights are for all people,

      even those who are seen to be

      "different", I think, and I also see

      it as bad for doctors imposing

      their opinions (on children far

      too you to consent) with the

      scalpel (surgical knife), that is,

      in my non-lawyer opinion it's a violation of the human right of physical integrity. I also think

      disrespect and lack of cooperation from and between

      doctors is bad.

    • Silke O`Arend GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      Menschenrechte gelten für alle Menschen. Es gibt auch in diesem Bereich keine Deutungshoheit für Mediziner. Inter* Menschen sind nicht korrekturbedürftig, sie sind richtig so, wie sie sind.

      • over 1 year ago

      because I am intersex

    • Simon Zobel GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      Our organisation stands up for intersex people on an international level while pushing matters also nationally. We believe that nowadays real change must come via european or international means. Nobody stands alone and no intersex person must be left alone.


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