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YET again a human rights organization based in the United States of America demonstrates that it is possible to include intersex in its remit and not cause the world to come crashing down. Some “experts” seem to think that I for intersex in the acronym LGBTI is one step too far for the world to accept. Clearly not.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), located in Washington, D.C., none too far from The White House itself, is advertising for a Fellowship at the IACHR Unit for the Rights of Lesbians, Gays, and Trans, Bisexual and Intersex Persons 2012, with applications closing on January 12, 2012.
The IAHCR is an instrumentality of the Organization of American States (OAS), of which the United States of America is a member along with 34 other nations of the Americas. The IAHCR and by extension the OAS includes intersex people in its human rights efforts. OAS and by extension IAHCR member the United States does not include intersex people in its human rights efforts.
A question to be asked, a mystery to be solved.
And certainly one that demands further investigation. OII Australia congratulates the OAS and its agency IAHCR for its simple decency and sheer fair-mindedness in being intersex inclusive. The government of the United States has something to learn from the rest of the 35 OAS member nations.
Closing date for IAHCR LGBTI Fellowship applications:
January 9, 2012
OAS member states:
We note that OII international Chairperson and OII USA Director Hida Viloria is of Ecuadorian background.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- Dominica (Commonwealth of)
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- The Bahamas (Commonwealth of)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United States of America
- Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)