Control Yuan shines light on intersex rights

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 15, 2018
By: Chung Li-hua and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Control Yuan members yesterday reprimanded the Ministry of Health and Welfare

The front entrance of the Control Yuan in Taipei is pictured on Sunday.  Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times

and the Ministry of the Interior for failing to protect the rights of intersex people.

Between 0.05 and 1.7 percent of the population is born with intersex traits, Control Yuan Vice President Sun Ta-chuan (孫大川) and Control Yuan member Gau Fehng-shian (高鳳仙) said in a report, citing UN statistics.

Based on the upper estimate, there might be 400,000 intersex people in Taiwan, they said.

The ministries have gathered no significant data on the intersex population and have never taken measures to conduct studies on the community, Sun said, adding that they have “ignored the existence of intersex people.”

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