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Single-Sex Prisons in WA

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To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Western Australia in Parliament assembled:

We, the undersigned, say:

The Western Australian Department of Justice recently implemented a policy (on November 23rd 2020) which seeks to effectively remove sex-segregation policies and protections from within WA penal facilities on the basis of "self-identification" regarding "gender identity." The 'Commissioner’s Operating Policy and Procedure (COPP) 4.6 Trans, Gender Diverse and Intersex Prisoners' and COPP 7.5 Trans, Gender Diverse and Intersex Detainees (Banksia Hill Detention Centre) circumvent state and federal laws (Sex Discrimination Act, CEDAW, Gender Reassignment Act, etc.) and breach international treaties and agreements (Bangkok Rules, Nelson Mandela Rules) that Australia is signatory to and/or committed to.

Prisons and other penal facilities are legally bound to being sex-segregated. That is a human right for girls and women (biological females).

Staff at facilities which house male and female detainees & prisoners in separate units & wings (but within the same facility) cannot provide the dignity, privacy and safety that all prisoners have the right to, especially females.

We call on our State Representatives:

The Honourable the Premier, Mark McGowan

The Honourable the Minister for Corrective Services, Fran Logan

The Honourable the Minster for Women’s Interests, Simone McGurk

The Honourable the Attorney General, John Quigley

The Honourable the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Ben Wyatt

to immediately address how this violation of human rights can occur within their government and to stop conflating "gender identity" with biological sex.

Now we ask the Legislative Assembly -

To immediately repeal [WA] Commissioner’s Operating Policy and Procedure (COPP) 4.6 Trans, Gender Diverse and Intersex Prisoners and COPP 7.5 Trans, Gender Diverse and Intersex Detainees (Banksia Hill Detention Centre).

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