This is a statement of the Darlington 3 community event, held in Williamstown, Melbourne, 7-9 January 2020.
The Canberra Statement on access to safety and justice for LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers, refugees and other forcibly displaced persons was published in November 2019, following the Queer Displacements conference in Canberra. It recognises the international human rights obligations of signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention, the Global Compact on Refugees, the Convention against all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention against Torture (CAT), the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and other international human rights treaties.
Due to stigma and social taboos, people with intersex variations and our families are at great risk of social exclusion, poverty and poor educational attainment. Refugees and asylum seekers with intersex variations face vulnerability due to their physical sex characteristics, and may face additional burdens and stigma due to presumptions about their identities.
We acknowledge that refugees and asylum seekers with intersex variations are members of our intersex communities. We endorse the Canberra Statement and commit to working intersectionally to recognise the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. We call on our governments to respect our international obligations, including the obligations set out in Yogyakarta Principle 23 on the right to seek asylum, as elaborated in the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10.