Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Australia (CESCR 11-07-2017)

The Committee considered the fifth periodic report of Australia (E/C.12/AUS/5) at its 14th and 15th meetings (see E/C.12/2017/SR.14 and 15), held on 30 and 31 May 2017, and adopted the present concluding observations at its 47th meeting, held on 23 June 2017.

Concluding observations

C. Principal subjects of concern and recommendations

Intersex persons

  1. The Committee is concerned that children born with intersex variations are subject to early surgeries and medical interventions before they are able to provide full and informed consent (art. 12).
  2. The Committee recommends that the State party study and implement the recommendations put forward in the 2013 report of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee entitled “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia”.
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