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REGRETTABLY, the United States government’s Fourth Periodic Report to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights does not include intersex at all. Perhaps we should not be surprised, given US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s exclusion of intersex in her remarks to the UN in Geneva on December 6 last year.
Intersex people do not have equality, human rights or protection against discrimination anywhere in the world, except for inclusion in a sex discrimination act in South Africa and a ban against intersex genital mutilation – IGM – in Colombia. We have heard a rumour that we have full equality in Iceland and are investigating that claim.
The United States does not bestow anything like equality on its intersex citizens, who effectively constitute a large and hidden, rights-less underclass at 4% of the population.
We certainly hope that the United States’ Fifth Periodic Report of the United States of America to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights will contain a report on the shameful situation of intersex people there.