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Disability groups go to UN over Australia’s forced sterilisation practice

UN torture committee also to be told of nonconsensual ‘sex normalising’ surgery of intersex babies and children

People With Disability Australia cite forced or coerced nontherapeutic sterilisation, solitary confinement and involuntary psychiatric treatment as examples of the torture of people with disabilities. Photograph: Alamy

The forced sterilisation of people with disability and the nonconsensual genital “normalisation” of intersex babies and children in Australia are being brought to the United Nations torture committee.

People With Disability Australia (PWDA) are campaigning for a royal commission into the incidence, forms and circumstances of exploitation, violence and abuse of people with a disability in the community in Australia. A 52-page submission to the UN details legislative failures in Australia which it says make forms of torture legal.

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Source: The Guardain
When: 07/11/2014

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