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Saturday 24 September 2016

"Academic Complicity in IGM Practices" – Daniela Truffer, Surrey 23.09.2016

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Equality' or 'Discrimination'Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookThe following is a short presentation by Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org) held during the introductory interactive Panel at the Symposium "After the Recognition of Intersex Human Rights" at the Advanced Studies (IAS) at the University of Surrey in the UK, and also the the 3rd Meeting of the  European Network for Psychosocial Studies in Intersex/Diverse Sex Development (EuroPsi):

In the following I'd like to address a sometimes difficult or even painful topic, but one, that I feel needs to be addressed, particularly at a symposium like this for scientists and researchers, that hopefully want to do better than those who mutilated me and countless of my peers. I mean the topic of arguably mostly unintentional and unconscious complicity of academic intersex researchers with the perpetrators of IGM practices.

It's an obvious fact that academic research on intersex is usually undertaken at universities that also practice experimental, involuntary, non-urgent genital surgery and other procedures on intersex children. And that also the non-medical research is often relying on collaboration with doctors or on medical data.

As a consequence, from my perspective academic intersex researchers tend to be hesitant about too openly criticising non-consensual genital surgery and other treatments, and adequately framing them as serious human rights violations. Because by doing so they would have to criticise their own institution and peers, and potentially harm their careers.
Nonetheless, in my experience academic research on intersex without acknowledging and addressing academic complicity inevitably leads to biased and skewed results which again constitute and reinforce academic complicity.

As a typical example, which shall remain unreferenced as it may be too close to home, and I would like the discussion to be about facts and mechanisms and not about persons, one typical example is when involuntary non-urgent genital surgery, sterilising and other procedures on intersex children in western clinical academic context are described as normalising interventions whereas the same procedures outside a clinical academic context for example in Africa are described as mutilations.

Or, when academic researchers address violence against intersex people, they only include mobbing on the street or hate speech and other things which mostly are experienced by LGBT but not by intersex people, while intersex genital mutilations are filed under health issues or health care.

At the same time, academic researchers tend to conveniently ignore that IGM practices also in health care settings constitute a crime that must be stopped by criminalisation and adequate sanctions, but instead propose to stop IGM by having academic discussions with the perpetrators.

In addition, as Koyama and Weasel already established in 2002 (PDF), academic intersex research tends to frame intersex as a gender/identity/LGBT issue instead, while neglecting key human rights frameworks including harmful practice and torture, thus "potentially unintentionally perpetrating the invisibility and objectification of intersex people."

Similarly, academic researchers too often don't distinguish between mutilated intersex people and those who weren't mutilated. Truth is, the vast majority of intersex children have been mutilated, but when it comes to intersex people being represented in the media and in academia, it's usually the opposite.

Same as to my knowledge research on counselling needs of intersex children, where the focus is on LGBT issues like non-binary identities and discrimination, whereas the counselling needs of intersex children suffering from trauma or OCD due to IGM practices is often ignored, as are the counselling needs of parents experiencing guilt as a result of having „consented“ to harmful surgeries on their children.

From my perspective, these are seriously underresearched psychosocial needs of intersex children and their parents, and adequately addressing them would at the same time help to improve their quality of life and overcome academic complicity.

Thank you.

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condems IGM
Historic 56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments over IGM 
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors! 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

3 Articles on NZ questioned over IGM by UN-CRC on GayNZ

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookThanks and kudos to GayNZ for being the first media outlet to report on the recent review of NZ (transcription) by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) during its 73rd session – thrice:

>>> Report on the intersex Q&A (19.9.)
>>> Comment on the "shameful silence" in the Gov replies (23.9.)
>>> The main body of the private ITANZ NGO report (24.9.)

(No thanks and kudos however for repeatedly reproducing our transcription and photo without giving a link to the source and no credit at all respectively, and for partially not being able to spell out StopIGM.org in another instance.)

Let's hope that also mainstream media will pick up this important topic – latest when NZ is going to be reprimanded in about a week or so!

>>> TRANSCRIPTION > NZ Questioned over IGM by UN-CRC – Gov flatly denies – twice!

Intersex Genital Mutilations in NZ: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in NZ  Children sent abroad for surgery  A Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 720 kb)

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Inhuman Treatment
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Monday 19 September 2016

LIVE > South Africa Questioned Over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) - Gov Acknowledges!

UN-CRC 73rd Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 19.09.2016, 09:55h CET:
Waiting for the South African Delegation ...

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAfter NZ's embarrassing flat-out denial ("no surgery from 2006") despite evidence to the contrary, today it's the turn of South Africa to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations at the 73rd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Mon 19 September 10–13h + 15–18h CET     >>> watch online!
StopIGM.org is reporting LIVE
from Palais Wilson in Geneva, expecting tough questions also for ZA, and both South Africa and New Zealand to be reprimanded by 30 September (or soon after).

Session 1, Mon 19.09.2016 10:00–13:00h CET

10:05h: Session has started, the livestream is on. Head of South African Delegation, Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development, Ms Hendrietta Ipeleng Bogopane-Zulu's opening remarks.

10:16h: First round of questions by CRC ZA task force members, CRC Vice Chairperson Sara de Jesús Oviedo Fierro starting. Asks about continuation of actin plan, lack of data collection and implementation, lack of support for civil society ... participation and children's right to be heard, regarding the childhood act ...

10:32h: CRC task force member Jorge Cardona Llorens (of CRC71 France fame) now on, aks on measures adopted and budgetary measures to promote chidren's rights ... best interest of the child ... non-discrimination ... right to life ...

10:41h: CRC task force member Olga Khazova asking about married children ...

10:44h: CRC task force member Maria Rita Parsi continuing with question on violence against children ... corporal punishment ... bullying in school ... barriers to accessing justice ... cultural and traditional prejucide ... forced marriage ... male circumcision ...loss of genitals after initiation ... virginity tests ... genital mutilation ... polygamy ... no intersex children ...

10:55h: 10 minutes pause ...

10:16h: Session resumes with first round of responses ... Head of Delegation reponds on action plan, children with disabilities, indigenous children ... budget ... accountability ... cultural issues ... circumcison ... okutuala ... convictions against circumcisers ...

11:32h: First round of follow-up questions, CRC task force member Sara de Jesús Oviedo Fierro

11:34h: CRC member Kirsten Sandberg (of CRC68 Switzerland, CRC 72 UK + Nepal fame!) follows up on harmful practice on intersex children, still undergoing surgery in South Africa when too young to give consent, are you aware of the practice? What measures are you taking? YAY!! :-) Unofficial Transcription:

« While we are talking about harmful practices, I wonder about intersex children. As far as I could hear that issue was not raised, and we know that intersex children are still undergoing surgery in your country, when they are, well, just newborns and also later too small to give their consent or to have their autonomy respected in that regard. So I wonder, are you aware of this practice on intersex children, who would be born with, well you could call it unclear gender, unclear genitals, and so there’s been this medical practice of assigning them a gender or a sex, from the very beginning, which has been seen to be harmful to children in the long run. So I would like to hear your views and what measures are you taking in that regard. »

11:35h: Kirsten Sandberg also aks about measures to protect children with albinism from violence?

11:36h: CRC task force member Olga Khazova follows up on medical circumcision in school ...

11:37h: CRC member Oussuma also follows up on circumcision in schools, and lack of response on virginy tests ...

11:38h: Head of South African Delegation, Deputy Minister, Department of Social Development Ms Hendrietta Ipeleng Bogopane-Zulu answers that no circumcision are happening in schools, only in hospitals. Answers on virginty testing ... violence on children with albinism ... intersex children will be answered by Mr Dangor when he'll get the floor ... hate speech ...

11:48h: CRC task force member Olga Khazova follows up on legal age of 12 for sexual consent ...

11:51h: South African Delegatin member Mr Zane-Udien Dangor (Deputy Minister’s Special Advisor, Department of Social Development) replies to intersex children now ... admits that being intersexed is a sexual characteristic, not a medical condition ... that harmful practices are done to intersex children ... engaging with university clinics, but only in early stages ... IMPRESSIVE!! :-o Unofficial Transcription:

« [Undiscernible] is the issue raised I think by Madame Sandberg around intersex children, and [undiscernible] essentially harmful practices linked to that. I think as a government we do regognize that being intersex is a sexual characteristic and not a medical condition, but at the same time we recognize that there are still practices where newborns and young children are being, surgeries are performed on them which are harmful. So we are now beginning a process in its early stages, to acknowledging that it’s happening, to engage with universities, particularly the university children’s clinics and other medical practitioners around the fact that this is not a medical condition, that surgeries performed at a very young stage are harmful and that it needs to stop. So we will be engaging with all the relevant stakeholders on that. »

11:56h: Answer on okutuala: is a practice protected by constitution, but abuses are punished severely ...

12:06h: Corporal punishment in school is abolished and a criminal offense, corporal punishment at home is planned to be discussed in parliament ...

12:07h: Kirsten Sandberg follows up on corporal punishment at home ...

12:15h: Answers on social media and protections for children in films ...

12:31h: Second round of questions by CRC task force members ...

12:42h: Children in prison ... armed conflict ...

12:53h: Refugee children ...

13:01h: Session going overtime, follow-up questions on drugs, drinking, HIV/AIDS ...

13:05h: Session closed, to be continued 15:00h.

After the session: I briefly spoke with Mr Zane-Udien Dangor, expressing appreciation for his open and straightforward answer, and suggesting legislation might help to convince hesitant doctors, which he agreed with. He stated the Department would work together with local NGOs, and that he'd read our NGO report as well and that it contained valuable research on South African university clinics. So let's hope after his good answer the South African Government will follow-up with similar policy, as well as with implementation, enforcement and acces to redress for survivors ...

Session 2, Mon 19.09.2016 15:00–18:00h CET

15:05h: Session resumed. Answers by Head of Delegation on schools ... circumcision ...

15:17h: Answers and follow-up questions on the Human Rights Commisssion ... independant follow-up mechanism ...

15:24h: Witchcraft and related violence on children, Muti mutilations, a number of people have been persecuted ... hazardous substances ...

15:32h: Teenage pregnancies, death in childbirth ... Data collection measures and tools ... foster care ... families and care givers ...

15:54h: Orphans with HIV/AIDS ... disclosure to child required, to family only "when needed" ... answers on adoptions ... (direct) maintenance payments ... enforcement of maintenance payments ...

16:21h: Answers on children with disabilities ... white paper ... 7.5% of South African population are people with disabilities ...

16:35h: 10 min pause ...

16:50h: Children with disabilities continued ... children in prison ... naturalisation of children of foreign parents born in ZA ...

17:16h: Follow-up questions on high number children in pre-trial detention ... are there no children's courts, youth courts?

17:26h: Answers on measures against sexual violence in schools ...

17:35h: Answers on children and drugs ... cut short because ...

17:37h: 1st round of questions re: OP-SC (Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography) now, for tomorrows OP-SC session ...

18:02h: Session closed ...

>>> Last Week @ CRC73: New Zealand "not aware" of ongoing Mutilations

Intersex Genital Mutilations in ZA: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in ZA  Infanticide of intersex newborns  A Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 929 kb)

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Inhuman Treatment
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Today > UN-CRC questions South Africa over Intersex Genital Mutilations – NZ "not aware" of ongoing practice

Intersex NGO Reports by StopIGM.org for the 73rd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC73)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, 19.09.2016:

After NZ's embarrassing flat-out denial ("no surgery from 2006") despite evidence to the contrary, today it's the turn of South Africa to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations at the 73rd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Mon 19 September 10–13h + 15–18h CET     >>> watch online!
StopIGM.org is reporting LIVE
from Palais Wilson in Geneva, expecting tough questions also for ZA, and both South Africa and New Zealand to be reprimanded by 30 September (or soon after).

Last Week > New Zealand "not aware" of ongoing Mutilations

Even after 16 UN reprimands for IGM practices so far, it remains business as usual for Govs to issue full denials during treaty body reviews, often with some pinkwashing to boost (to which Committees usually respond with yet another reprimand).

New Zealand's official defender of IGM doctors, paediatrician and Chief Adviser of the Ministry of Health, Dr Patrick “Dr Pat" Tuohy proved to be no exception. Winning zero points for originality, Dr Pat tried to pull a switcheroo by changing the subject from involuntary non-urgent tretament on intersex children to – wait for it – "gender reassignement surgery":

“The information from hospital coding records show that no surgery has taken place in New Zealand related to gender reassignment from the time 2006.

When confronted by the Committee with the fact that on top of ongoing “masculining” domestic intersex surgeries, NZ also sends intersex children to Australia for “feminising” partial clitoral amputation and sterilising procedures, Dr Pat Tuohy affirmed his ignorance:

I’m not aware whether any children or adolescents under the age of 18 have received funding for the High-Cost Treatment Pool for genital surgery oversees related to DSD.

>>> Full Unofficial Transcript + Dr Tuohy on why IGM isn't really a human rights violation
>>> Shadow Report “IGM in New Zealand” (PDF)    

Today > CRC investigates IGM in South Africa

Based on publications by Sally Gross / Intersex South Africa (ISSA), public personal testimony by Nthabiseng Mokoena, the 2016 ACHPR NGO report by Legal Resources Centre, Iranti-org and Gender DynamiX, own research and personal communications, the Thematic NGO Report to CRC by StopIGM.org provides evidence of

  • IGM still being perpetrated in all major South African University Children's Clinics
  • the complicity of the state
  • infanticide of intersex newborns 
  • victims of infant "Muti" genital mutilations also being submitted to IGM as "therapy".  

>>> Full Shadow Report (PDF)

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Inhuman Treatment
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Sunday 18 September 2016

TRANSCRIPTION > NZ Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child – Gov Flatly Denies – Twice!

Review of New Zealand @ UN-CRC 73rd Session, Palais Wilson, Geneva 16.09.2016:
NZ Delegation members on the panel during Session 3, Head Minister Anne Toley on the left
(below her: Dr Patrick Tuohy, Chief Adviser, Ministry of Health, who 'answered' on IGM)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAt the 73rd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) it was the turn of NZ to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations on Thu 15.9. 15-18h CET + Fri 16.9. 10-13h + 15-18h CET    >>> archived video 1 | 2 | 3
StopIGM.org reported LIVE [
original full report ] from Palais Wilson in Geneva, expecting tough questions for NZ, and both New Zealand and South Africa to be reprimanded by 30 September.

Unofficial transcriptions of all intersex relevant questions and answers plus minutes of other related items are collected below.

Summary

It's a shame how the responsible NZ Delegation member, paediatrician (!!) Dr Patrick Tuohy, consistently and blanketly denied the ongoing IGM practices in NZ, and every time tried to shift the discussion to trans issues instead ("surgical gender assignment"). Unfortunately, this was helped by somewhat unhelpful wording in some NZ reports and by the Committee, using the euphemism "normalising surgery" instead of the usual descriptive UN language "involuntary non-urgent treatment" or "non-consensual unnecessary treatment". Luckily, intersex advocates profited from the NZ NHRIs delegation present in Geneva (particularly the NZ Human Rights Commission) also intervening with the Committee to set the record straight and to ensure a follow-up question. Reagrding the mindset of the NZ delegation informing their flat-out denials, a few words with Dr Tuohy after the 3rd Session proved insightful (see minutes below).

Session 1, Thu 15.09.2016, 15-18h CET  

15:48h: Harmful practices! CRC expert and Vice-Chairperson Ms. Amal Salman Aldoseri (Bahrain) is asking about intitiatives to legally prohibit unnecessary surgeries on intersex children, as well as regarding social support services available for intersex children and families, and education programs on intersex! YAY!!! :-)
Unofficial Transcription:

« On harmful practices, I have a question on intersex. What efforts are put together to legally prohibit the practice of genital normalisation surgery on intersex children, until they reach an age, where they can give their view on an informed consent, and what social support services and accompanying financial allocations are made available to intersex children and their families? And what educational programs are available for intersex children and their families, as well [as] for other children on intersexuality? »

17:26h: Answer on intersex children by NZ Delegate Dr Patrick Tuohy (Paediatrician, Chief Adviser, Ministry of Health, Wellington, NZ), admits no legally binding protections to prevent involuntary surgeries are in place, and at the present there are also no plans to introduce any, refers to overview of Medical Council instead ... Mentions multidisciplinary network of endocrinologists and surgeons, claims all parents are given access to peer support, mentions the figure of 30 intersex children born annually ... Claims no IGM practices having taken place since 2006! Consistently tries to deflect to "gender reassignment" instead.  :-(   Unofficial Transcription:

Anne Tolley (Head of Delegation and Minister for Social Development): « I'd like Pat Tuohy to address the question around education programs available for intersex children and their families. »

Dr Patrick Tuohy (Paediatrician, Chief Adviser, Ministry of Health, Wellington, NZ): « In respect to intersex. There was a question with three parts. The first was, do we have a legally binding system to prevent genital normalization on children? The answer is that we do not currently have a legislative framework for this, and there is no plans in place for that at the present time.

However, all New Zealand citicens are covered by health and disbility bill of rights, and all medical practitioners work under the authority of the Medical Council of New Zealand.

We have a multidisciplinary network of surgeons and endocrinologists who discuss all cases related to gender whether the [undiscernible] practices conservative treatment, which is effectively no gender reassignment, surgical gender reassignment.

We have around 30, between maybe 20 to 30 children a year. The network of surgeons and endocrinologists is confident that no medical practitioners are practicing outside of the group.

The information from hospital coding records show that no surgery has taken place in New Zealand related to gender reassignment from the time 2006.

In social support services to intersex children and their families the parents are given a chance from within the commissions involved in that network to talk to other parents and family members of children with intersex conditions and the entire family is offered peer support.

I’m not aware if we have any specific educational programs for intersex children in a formal sense, apart from that informal network that is available and I don’t know whether we have anything in the education realm for that, I think not, and we could, I’d come back with some further information tomorrow if that was required. »

Session 2, Fri 16.09.2016, 10-13h CET   

10:01h: The session continues. Beforehand, I was able to talk to NZ National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) representatives (Children's Commissioner and Human Rights Commission), and share newly received additional evidence (thank you!) of the NZ High Cost Treatment Pool to this day financing partial clitoris amputations on children with "Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)" oversees, which confirms the evidence presented in our Thematic NGO Report. I was informed they had also received evidence proving the flat-out gov denial (see transcript below) was just that, a denial, and that they would too raise this with the Committee. So we'll have to see if there are any follow-up questions today. But even if there aren't, we remain confident, as it's business as usual for govs to issue full denials in treaty body reviews (often with some pinkwashing on top) – to which the Committee usually answers with yet another reprimand ...

10:50h: CRC expert Jorge Cardona Lorens asks if involuntary sterilisation of children with disabilities is still taking place. Unofficial Transcription:

« Is there still sterilisation of children with disabilities with the parental consent?  »

10:54h: NZ Delegation member Dr Patrick Tuohy (Paediatrician, Chief Adviser, Ministry of Health) admits to cases of NZ parents going oversees to have children with disabilities sterilised, and also in NZ "after any other means had been found ineffective" (!!) Unofficial Transcription:

« With respect to sterilization of children, you are correct, the law in NZ still permits children to be sterilized with consent of their parents, if they are unable to make an informed decision, but not on the basis of age, on the basis of intellectual disability.

However, I want to point out that there is work being undertaken as part of our revised disability strategy which is a section where we’re working with disability groups within NZ to identify a process for ensuring bodily integrity of children and adults with disability, to ensure that that is addressed. And I would also point out that even though there are reports of this occurring on occasions, with the consent of the parents and there is one recent case of about seven, eight years ago, which the parents went overseas for the initiation of the program as it was not able to be done in NZ. Most clinicians were undertaking sterilization for example of a young woman would use that as a last resort, when every other method of managing instruction [?] or some other issue had been tried and found to be ineffective. »

12:34h: CRC expert and Vice-Chairperson Ms. Amal Salman Aldoseri (Bahrain) asks a follow-up question on intersex children, mentioning surgeries financed via the NZ High Cost Treatment Pool and asking for numbers! :-)   Unofficial Transcription:

«  I would like to go back to violence, and particularly on children, intersex children. You have stated yesterday that there was no surgery operated on intersex children since 2006 in NZ, but I would like you to inform the Committee, if NZ government provided funding for genital normalization surgeries outside of NZ on intersex children of course, and were the funds for these surgeries come from special High-Cost Treatment Pool? If so, can you give us a number of these surgeries conducted outside? »

12:38h: Intersex follow-up answer postponed to the afternoon OP-SC session 15–18h CET.  

Session 3 (OP-SC), Fri 16.09.2016, 15-18h CET  

16:24h: NZ Delegation member Dr Patrick Tuohy (Paediatrician, Chief Adviser, Ministry of Health) (non-)answers the follow-up question on intersex children, basically repeating and embellishing his earlier flat-out denial: Claims IGM to be a thing of the past, with ealier shortcomings "effectively addressed" in the meantime and today the surgeons and endocrinologists would treat intersex children "non-operatively" unless absolutely medically necessary, claims there was no record immediately available for treatments oversees, again "misunderstanding" the actual question by consistently referring to "gender assignment surgeries" – how typical is that?! :-( Unofficial Transcription:

Anne Tolley (Head of Delegation and Minister for Social Development): « I’m going to ask Dr Pat Tuohy to just talk about intersex children and the funding, the questions around funding for outside of NZ, where the funds come from and the number. »

Dr Patrick Tuohy (Paediatrician, Chief Adviser, Ministry of Health, Wellington, NZ): « [Undiscernible] Minister, and I believe this was your question. NZ is of course aware of that historically there had been cases of early gender assignment, as was the current medical approach some decades ago.

But health officials are not aware of any incidence of this in recent years. As the Committee will be aware there has been a significant change in medical best practice consensus in this area over the last five to ten years in many countries including New Zealand. The current international and New Zealand consensus is that all none non-essential treatment in children with disorders of sexual development, which is the preferred name rather than intersex, should wait until the person with the DSD condition is older and can consent. When this cannot be the case, when an urgent surgery might need to be required, decisions about surgery made by the parents and extended family in consultation with medical doctors involved. Now, New Zealand does not have a legal or regular [undiscernible] framework in place for gender assignment surgery for children with DSD, as we believe that our results demonstrate that we have effectively addressed this issue through the processes that we have in place.

New Zealand has a multidisciplinary network of surgeons and endocrinologists who discuss all cases in which there may be concerns about a child’s gender, in accordance with international best practice the default practice is non-operative support that [undiscernible] network of endocrinologists and surgeons are confident that no medical practitioners in NZ are working in isolation.

They are aware of and support the evidence based guidelines described in the internationally supported clinical guidelines for the management of disorders of sex development in childhood. As these specialists are also the referring and ongoing clinicians involved in the care of children and maintain this responsibility in respect [undiscernible] to a centre within New Zealand or oversees.

Gender reassignment surgery for adults is covered by the provisions of the High-Cost Treatment Pool which is administered by the Ministry of health. Gender reassignment medical treatment, predominantly hormone treatment, is available in New Zealand through the district health boards, and if surgery is [undiscernible] in this context any state's support through the High-Cost Treatment Poool is limited to people over the age of 18 years who are actively seeking the surgery.

I’m not aware whether any children or adolescents under the age of 18 have received funding for the High-Cost Treatment Pool for genital surgery oversees related to DSD. It may be possible to determine this, but review of individual files may be required, and that could take some time. So while we could [undiscernible] team to get that back to you I suspect that going through the files would take more than a few days – over a weekend. OK. »

After the Session: I spoke briefly to Dr Patrick Tuohy, making sure he got a copy of our thematic NGO report (which he said he had studied in advance), though it was somewhat of a challenge getting a word or two in inbetween. Dr Tuohy's standpoint was that there wasn't sufficient proof of IGM practices still taking place, as "hypospadias repair" from his point of view wouldn't count, and the sources given for NZ children operated on in Australia (from 2013 and 2009) were too old to contradict his claim that surgery had stopped (latest in 2006). He further argued he had studied the framework of harmful practices and found that it was not applicable to IGM practices anyway, as from his viewpoint intersex surgeries wouldn't fit the definitions stipulated therein (apparently despite stating he had studied our NGO report he seemed unaware that over the last 2 years, CRC has so far found IGM practices to constitute a harmful practice 6 times).

Intersex Genital Mutilations in NZ: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in NZ  Children sent abroad for surgery  A Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 720 kb)

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Inhuman Treatment
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

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Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Saturday 17 September 2016

WTF?! Nothing "Normal" About Intersex Genital Mutilations!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookUnfortunately still bears repeating (6):

« I really cringe every time anyone brings up this damaging euphemism, "normalizing surgery", negating the human rights issues involved [1] and giving IGM docs and complicit politicians a through pass for denial [2] – what's wrong with "involuntary non-urgent treatments” [3], or “non-consensual, medically unnecessary and irreversible treatments” [4] on intersex children, which at least denote clearly that it's neither "normal" nor OK – or how about simply spelling it out like it is, INTERSEX GENITAL MUTILATIONS! [5] »    – Daniela Truffer

Intersex Genital Mutilations ≠ "Normal"

[1] http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/IGM-Ending-the-Impunity-of-the-Perpetrators

[2] http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/NZ-to-be-Questioned-over-Intersex-Genital-Mutilations-by-UN-Committee-on-the-Rights-of-the-Child

[3] http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/UN-Committee-against-Torture-reprimands-Austria-Denmark-Hong-Kong-China-over-Intersex-Genital-Mutilations

[4] http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2015-CRPD-LoI-Germany_NGO-Report_Zwischengeschlecht_Intersex-IGM.html#B%20%20IGM%20Practices%20Non-Consensual%20Unnecessary%20Medical%20Interventions

[5] WARNING!!! http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2015-CRPD-LoI-Germany_NGO-Report_Zwischengeschlecht_Intersex-IGM.html#Annexe%202%20%E2%80%9CIGM%20in%20Medical%20Textbooks%E2%80%9D    

Monday 12 September 2016

Open Letter / Lettre Ouverte à 'ESPE 2016' et Universités et Hôpitaux Françaises avec / with 238 Signatures / Signatories

Nonviolent Intersex Protest #3 + Open Letter, '55th Annual Meeting of ESPE', Paris 11.09.2016

>>> Open Letter English (PDF, 112 kb)     >>> Lettre Ouverte Français (PDF, 104 kb)

(Français voir ci-dessous) We already delivered the Open Letter (PDF) with 221 238 signatories to 'ESPE 2016' and 'Hôpital Robert-Debré' during the protests yesterday and the day before. We will deliver the letter to the 'High Authority of Health' today, and mail a hard copy to all French D$D clinics and universities. >>> See all the dates Thanks to everybody who signed and/or participated in the protests!

>>> Genital Mutilation Wholesale: Why we are targeting 'ESPE' et al. 
>>> Preaching CAIS Castration and Supposedly 'High Cancer Risk', again

Nonviolent Intersex Protest #2 + Open Letter, 'Hôpital Mère-Enfants Robert-Debré', Paris 10.09.2016

On a déjà remis la Lettre Ouverte (PDF) avec 238 signatures au congrès 'ESPE 2016' et à l'Hôpital Robert-Debré pendant les manifs de hier et du jour avant. Et on va remettre la lettre à la 'Haute Autorité de Santé HAS' aujourd'hui et on va la envoyer par poste à tous les hôpitaux et universités D$D françaises. >>> Voir toutes les dates Merci a tout-e-s qui ont signé et/ou participé aux manifs! 

Nonviolent Intersex Protest #1, '55th Annual Meeting of ESPE', Paris 10.09.2016

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

See also:
Open Letter of Concern to ''6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop', Seligenstadt 2015
Open Letter of Concern to '53rd ESPE' Dublin 2014
Open Letter of Concern to '4th WOFAPS' Berlin 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '9th Joint Meeting' (ESPE/LWPES) Milano 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium' Glasgow 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '51st Annual Meeting of ESPE' Leipzig 2012
Open Letter of Concern to '23rd ESPU' Zurich 2012
Open Letter of Concern to 'ISHID' Live Genital Mutilators London 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium' Lübeck 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '11th EMBL/EMBO Conference' Heidelberg 2010

Saturday 10 September 2016

VIDEO "Intersex protests in Paris - can this be legal?"

>>> Watch the video (01:41) @ Vimeo!

>>> Photo of the Authorisation

• 5 MANIFS NON-VIOLENTES Sam 10. – Lun 12.09. (voir tous les dates)

Friday 9 September 2016

ESPE 2016: Autorisation Manifs Pacifiques Intersexes / Peaceful Intersex Protests Autorised

Mission accompli / Mission accomplished!

Nous sommes très heureux d'annoncer que après une réunion chez la Direction de l'Ordre Public et de la Circulation, Monsieur le Préfet de la Police de Paris, Major Pichonnier, a personellement autorisé nos manifs pacifiques. Merci bien!

We are very pleased to announce that today, after a meeting at the French Direction de l'Ordre Public et de la Circulation, the Police Prefect of Paris, Major Pichonnier, personally autorised our nonviolent intersex protests (see above). Thank you!

>>> Watch the VIDEO (01:41) shot inside the Préfecture!

• SOIRÉE D'INFO Ven 09.09. 19h @ Confédération Nationale du Planning Familial, Paris
• 5 MANIFS NON-VIOLENTES Sam 10. – Lun 12.09.
(voir tous les dates)

Thursday 8 September 2016

URGENT: Call to Sign Open Letter to 'ESPE' + French Intersex Genital Mutilators

>>> Français    >>> Deutsch 

Photo: Intersex Protest #2 + Open Letters vs. '51st ESPE', Leipzig 21.09.2012

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Heidi Walcutt (1997): 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation'

Dear fellow campaigners, friends and allies

In 2016, France has been reprimanded 3 times by the UN for allowing Intersex Genital Mutilations to continue with impunity. Nonetheless, the daily mutilations continue, and over the next weekend IGM doctors from allover will flock to Paris to 'ESPE 2016' (see here).

Therefore, we are going to hand in another Open Letter to participating doctors and all known French IGM clinics and universities on occasion of peaceful protests, and ask everybody to sign it.
You can find the draft of the Open Letter (PDF) online here:
http://StopIGM.org/public/DRAFT_Open_Letter_ESPE_France_2016.pdf

How to sign:
Please send us an email to daniela.truffer_at_gmx.ch (please replace _at_ by @) with your
- name,
- city,
- country,
- organisation (if appliccable)

(In case you want to name an organisation for identification purposes, but only sign the letter in personal capacity, just add 'Personal Capacity, Affiliation given for identification purposes only' behind your name and organisation, and we'll add this in the letter.)

Please forward this invitation to other parties and individuals concerned. So there will be as many signatures as possible.

Please respond quickly! Thanks for adding your signature to let the doctors know that it's NOT OK to cosmetically alter children's genitals!

Kind regards

Daniela "Nella" Truffer, Markus Bauer
Founding members human rights NGO Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

Paris, Sept 09-12: INTERSEX PROTESTS + INFO
vs. 'ESPE 2016' + 'Hôpital Robert Debré' + 'Haute Autorité de Santé' etc
.
• Fri 09.09. 19h INFO NIGHT @ Confédération Nationale du Planning Familial, Paris
• Sat 10. – Mon 12.09. FIVE NONVIOLENT PROTESTS (see details here)

>>> Genital Mutilation Wholesale: Why we are targeting 'ESPE' et al. 
>>> Preaching CAIS Castration and Supposedly 'High Cancer Risk', again 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

See also:
Open Letter of Concern to ''6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop', Seligenstadt 2015
Open Letter of Concern to '53rd ESPE' Dublin 2014
Open Letter of Concern to '4th WOFAPS' Berlin 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '9th Joint Meeting' (ESPE/LWPES) Milano 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium' Glasgow 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '51st Annual Meeting of ESPE' Leipzig 2012
Open Letter of Concern to '23rd ESPU' Zurich 2012
Open Letter of Concern to 'ISHID' Live Genital Mutilators London 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium' Lübeck 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '11th EMBL/EMBO Conference' Heidelberg 2010

Monday 5 September 2016

UN-CRPD reprimands Italy for Intersex Genital Mutilations

>>> Italiano    >>> Deutsch 
Photo: UNHRC UPR #14, Geneva 20.10.2012

IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookToday, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) reprimanded Italy for IGM practices, again denouncing them as a breach of Art. 17 CRPD “Protecting the integrity of the person”.

StopIGM.org and Intersexioni warmly welcome the Concluding Observations by CRPD, explicitly obliging Italy to “guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination to the children concerned”. We particularly appreciate that the Committee also highlighted the lack of data collection and monitoring of IGM practices, and specifically called for “provid[ing] families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support.”

StopIGM.org provided the Committee with evidence of the ongoing practice in Italy.

This latest reprimand for IGM practices by a UN treaty body marks
• the first reprimand for Italy for IGM,
• the 3rd reprimand for IGM by CRPD,
• and the 16th reprimand by a UN treaty body so far.

CRPD already reprimanded Chile for IGM under Art. 17 earlier this year, plus Germany in 2015, referring to a 2011 reprimand by UN-CAT.

Below we document the full binding recommendation on IGM practices for Italy by CRPD:

>>> CRPD/C/ITA/CO/1 (PDF 145 kb), on Intersex: p. 5-6, paras. 45–46

Protecting the integrity of the person (art. 17)

45.  The Committee is concerned that children are subjected to irreversible surgery for intersex variation and other medical treatments without their free and informed consent.

46.  The Committee recommends the State party ensure that no one is subjected to scientific undocumented medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood, guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination to the children concerned, and provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support.

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Inhuman Treatment
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices 

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Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Saturday 3 September 2016

Paris > Intersex Info Night Fri 09 Sept 19h + Protests Sat 10 – Mon 12

>>> Français

Photo: Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) speaking in Geneva at the Rainbow Cities Network NGO meeting, 20.11.2015

• INFO NIGHT Fri 09.09. 19h @ Confédération Nationale du Planning Familial, 75011 Paris
• 5 NONVIOLENT PROTESTS Sat 10. – Mon 12.09.
(Details below)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIGM = Harmful PracticeIn 2016, France has been reprimanded 3 times by the UN for allowing Intersex Genital Mutilations to continue with impunity, with UN bodies each time condemning IGM as a “harmful practice” like FGM, or as “inhuman treatment” punishable as torture.

To this day, in the “developed world” intersex children are systematically submitted to non-consensual, unnecessary, irreversible, cosmetic genital surgery, sterilising procedures, imposition of hormones, and other harmful treatment.

To this day, in France IGM practices continue to be advocated by public medical bodies, perpetrated in public university and regional children's clinics, and paid for by the public health insurance.

To this day, for example the French High Authority of Health (HAS) prescribes partial clitoris amputation and other unnecessary surgery on intersex children "during the first months of life".

And over the next weekend IGM perpetrators from allover will flock to Paris for the '55th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE)'.

Next Friday evening the international intersex human rights NGO StopIGM.org will inform about these ongoing violations at the Confédération Nationale du Planning Familial in Paris.

And Saturday till Monday we will hold non-violent protests in front of the Palais des Congrès, the IGM university clinic Hôpital Robert-Debré and the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS).

Please share widely to help reminding the perpetrators and their accessories that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!

INFO NIGHT: Fri 09.09.2016 19h @ Confédération Nationale du Planning Familial • 4, Square St. Irénée • 75011 Paris 
"Intersex Genital Mutilations & Resistance – Past and Present"
 

5 PEACEFUL VIGILS + OPEN LETTERS: Sat 10th – Mon 12th
"STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations!"

Saturday 10.09.2016
#1: 07:30-11:30    'ESPE 2016' (main entrance)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris
#2: 13:00-17:00    'Hôpital Robert Debré' (main entrance)
      48 Boulevard Sérurier, 75019 Paris

Sunday 11.09.2016
#3: 07:30-17:00    'ESPE 2016' (main entrance)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris

Monday 12.09.2016
#4: 09:00-12:30    'Haute Autorité de Santé HAS' (main entrance)
      5 avenue du Stade de France, 93218 Saint-Denis la Plaine Cedex
#5: 14:00-18:30    'ESPE 2016' (main entrance)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris

>>> Genital Mutilation Wholesale: Why we are targeting 'ESPE' et al. 
>>> Preaching CAIS Castration and Supposedly 'High Cancer Risk', again 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

See also:
Open Letter of Concern to ''6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop', Seligenstadt 2015
Open Letter of Concern to '53rd ESPE' Dublin 2014
Open Letter of Concern to '4th WOFAPS' Berlin 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '9th Joint Meeting' (ESPE/LWPES) Milano 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium' Glasgow 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '51st Annual Meeting of ESPE' Leipzig 2012
Open Letter of Concern to '23rd ESPU' Zurich 2012
Open Letter of Concern to 'ISHID' Live Genital Mutilators London 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium' Lübeck 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '11th EMBL/EMBO Conference' Heidelberg 2010

Sunday 28 August 2016

“Intersex legislation” that allows the daily mutilations to continue = PINKWASHING of IGM practices

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookUnfortunately still bears repeating (5):

While claiming to “work towards” ending IGM “in secret”/“under the surface”, or to propose eternal “first steps” in the form of “equality legislation” – but WITHOUT actually calling for legislation to adequately criminalise or sanction IGM – may be popular with funders and politicians, it WILL NOT ACHIEVE CHANGE, but will UNNECESSARILY PROLONG THE MUTILATIONS instead:

  • Introducing “Intersex Equality Legislation” or “Intersex Civil Status Acts” while IGM practices are allowed to continue unchallenged and unsanctioned = PINKWASHING OF IGM as usual.

  • Introducing "bans" of IGM but WITHOUT SANCTIONS and WITHOUT ACCESS TO REDRESS for survivors, including adequately prolonging the STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS (like e.g. the GIGESC bill in Malta) = not much more.

Worst, this is all nothing new: "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." "If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning." (Frederick Douglass, 1857)

Saturday 27 August 2016

Italy > UN-CRPD investigates Intersex Genital Mutilations

Photo: Nonviolent Protest #2 + Open Letter vs 'ESPE' + Italian 'D$D' Unis & Clinics, University Milano 19.09.2013
Evidence of IGM in Italy from Open Letter + 2015 NGO Report was informally shared with CRPD73 for review of Italy

IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookDuring its 16th session the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) examined IGM practices in Italy as a breach of Art. 17 CRPD “Protecting the integrity of the person”. Italy openly admitted to “operations” on intersex children most often “conducted [...] under the age of 10”, though firmly denied “unnecessary mutilations” and “loss of procreation capacity”. CRPD already reprimanded Chile for IGM under Art. 17 earlier this year, and Germany in 2015.

The CRPD16 verdict on Italy is due September 2 – fingers crossed!

All relevant CRPD intersex documentation on Italy so far after the break.

Continue reading...

Friday 26 August 2016

Paris, Sept 09-12 > Manifs Intersexes + Info vs 'ESPE 2016' + 'Hôpital Robert Debré' + 'Haute Autorité de Santé'

>>> English 

Photo: Nonviolent Intersex Protest #4 + Open Letters, '53rd Annual Meeting of ESPE', Dublin 09.2014

• SOIRÉE D'INFORMATION Ven 09.09. 19h @ Confédération Nationale du Planning Familial
• 5 MANIFS NON-VIOLENTES Sam 10. - Lun 12.09. (voir détails ci-dessous)

Heidi Walcutt (1997): 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation'

Des Mutilateurs Génitaux Intersexes du monde entier et leurs pairs se rassembleront à Paris pour le '55ème congrès annuel de la Société européenne d'endocrinologie pédiatrique (ESPE)'.

StopIGM.org a obtenu l'autorisation pour des manifestations statiques pacifiques devant le congrès 'ESPE 2016', ainsi que devant un hôpital d'enfants publique qui se moque des droits humains, et devant la 'Haute Autorité de Santé HAS' publique qui prescrit des amputations du clitoris sur les enfants intersexes en France "dans les premiers mois de vie".

La France a déjà été réprimandée 3 fois sur les MGI par l'ONU – mais les mutilations quotidiennes continuent. Prière de partager largement pour aider à rappeler aux coupables et leurs complices que ce n'est PAS OK de mutiler des enfants sans défense!

SOIRÉE D'INFORMATION: Ven 09.09.2016 19h @ Confédération Nationale du Planning Familial, 4 Square Saint-Irénée, 75011 Paris    
"Mutilations Génitales Intersexes – Passé et Présent"
 

5 VEILLES PACIFIQUES + LETTRES OUVERTES: Sam 10. - Lun 12.
"STOP aux Mutilations Génitales Intersexes!"

Samedi 10.09.2016
#1: 07:30-11:30    'ESPE 2016' (entrée principale)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris
#2: 13:00-17:00    'Hôpital Robert Debré' (entrée principale)
      48 Boulevard Sérurier, 75019 Paris

Dimanche 11.09.2016
#3: 07:30-17:00    'ESPE 2016' (entrée principale)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris

Lundi 12.09.2016
#4: 09:00-12:30    'Haute Autorité de Santé HAS' (entrée principale)
      5 avenue du Stade de France, 93218 Saint-Denis la Plaine Cedex
#5: 14:00-18:30    'ESPE 2016' (entrée principale)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris

RÉSERVEZ LES DATES – Plus d'info bientôt ...

>>> Genital Mutilation Wholesale: Why we are targeting 'ESPE' et al. 
>>> Preaching CAIS Castration and Supposedly 'High Cancer Risk', again 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

See also:
Open Letter of Concern to ''6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop', Seligenstadt 2015
Open Letter of Concern to '53rd ESPE' Dublin 2014
Open Letter of Concern to '4th WOFAPS' Berlin 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '9th Joint Meeting' (ESPE/LWPES) Milano 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium' Glasgow 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '51st Annual Meeting of ESPE' Leipzig 2012
Open Letter of Concern to '23rd ESPU' Zurich 2012
Open Letter of Concern to 'ISHID' Live Genital Mutilators London 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium' Lübeck 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '11th EMBL/EMBO Conference' Heidelberg 2010

Thursday 25 August 2016

Paris, Sept 09-12 > Intersex Protests + Info vs. 'ESPE 2016' + 'Hôpital Robert Debré' + 'Haute Autorité de Santé' Genital Mutilators

>>> Français  

Photo: Nonviolent Intersex Protest + Open Letters, Opening Day of 'ESPE 9th Joint Meeting', Milano 19.09.2013

• INFO NIGHT Fri 09.09. 19h @ Confédération Nationale du Planning Familial, 75011 Paris
• 5 NONVIOLENT PROTESTS Sat 10. – Mon 12.09.
(Details below)

Heidi Walcutt (1997): 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation'

Intersex Genital Mutilators from allover the world and their peers will flock to Paris for the '55th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE)'.
StopIGM.org has obtained autorisation for peaceful static protests outside 'ESPE', as well as in front of a public children's clinic mocking human rights, and of the public 'High Authority of Health' prescribing clitoris amputations on intersex children in France "during the first months of life".

France has already been reprimanded 3 times for IGM by the UN – but the daily mutilations just continue. Please share widely to help reminding the perpetrators and their accessories that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!

INFO NIGHT: Fri 09.09.2016 19h @ Confédération Nationale du Planning Familial • 4, Square St. Irénée • 75011 Paris     
"Intersex Genital Mutilations & Resistance – Past and Present"
 

5 PEACEFUL VIGILS + OPEN LETTERS: Sat 10th – Mon 12th
"STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations!"

Saturday 10.09.2016
#1: 07:30-11:30    'ESPE 2016' (main entrance)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris
#2: 13:00-17:00    'Hôpital Robert Debré' (main entrance)
      48 Boulevard Sérurier, 75019 Paris

Sunday 11.09.2016
#3: 07:30-17:00    'ESPE 2016' (main entrance)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris

Monday 12.09.2016
#4: 09:00-12:30    'Haute Autorité de Santé HAS' (main entrance)
      5 avenue du Stade de France, 93218 Saint-Denis la Plaine Cedex
#5: 14:00-18:30    'ESPE 2016' (main entrance)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris

SAVE THE DATES – More info here!

>>> Genital Mutilation Wholesale: Why we are targeting 'ESPE' et al. 
>>> Preaching CAIS Castration and Supposedly 'High Cancer Risk', again 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

See also:
Open Letter of Concern to ''6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop', Seligenstadt 2015
Open Letter of Concern to '53rd ESPE' Dublin 2014
Open Letter of Concern to '4th WOFAPS' Berlin 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '9th Joint Meeting' (ESPE/LWPES) Milano 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium' Glasgow 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '51st Annual Meeting of ESPE' Leipzig 2012
Open Letter of Concern to '23rd ESPU' Zurich 2012
Open Letter of Concern to 'ISHID' Live Genital Mutilators London 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium' Lübeck 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '11th EMBL/EMBO Conference' Heidelberg 2010

Tuesday 23 August 2016

The Proof: IOC + IAAF + FIFA = Intersex Genital Mutilators!

[ Reloaded due to current events, originally published 18.04.2014 ]
 Nonviolent Intersex Protest + Open Letter by Zwischengeschlecht.org, IOC HQ 19.11.2009

>>> "Justice for Shanti Soundarajan!" Please sign the petition and share! Thank you!

IOC IAAF: Stop Intersex Discrimination!

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Since 2010, Zwischengeschlecht.org has warned that global sports bodies International Olympic Committeee (IOC), International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) are letting well-known Intersex Genital Mutilators loose on unsuspecting (alleged) intersex athletes, and that the new gender testing rules that came into force in 2012 with discretionary tests for individual athletes on grounds of "suspicion" or "challenge" (as the IAAF policy tellingly put it) are used as a means to coerce especially intersex athletes from the global south to "consent" to medically unnecessary Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGMs), according to a verdict by the chairman of IOC's Medical Commission, "Most cases, Ljungqvist said, require treatment such as surgery or hormone therapy"  (see e.g. Background Report 2009, Press Release 17.01.2010, Press Release 22.01.2010).

A recent >>> New York Times article by Katrina Karkazis und Rebecca Jordan-Young now confirmed this, referring to a (in the article not referenced) >>> 2013 publication in "The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism" (PDF) (doi: 10.1210/jc.2012-3893):

Therein, Intersex Genital Mutilators Patrick Fénichel, Françoise Paris, Pascal Philibert, Sylvie Hiéronimus, Laura Gaspari, Jean-Yves Kurzenne, Patrick Chevallier, Stéphane Bermon, Nicolas Chevalier, and Charles Sultan (University Hospitals of Nice + Montpellier) report how unnamed sports representatives sent them "4 young [...] women [aged 18–21] years [...] from rural or mountainous regions of developing countries" suspected of "hyperandrogenism" for screening in clinics in France (Nice, Montpellier) and Monaco (Institute for Sport Medicine and Surgery). All 4 athletes were described to have undescended inguinal testes and "enlarged clitorises" ("clitoromegaly"), and eventually were diagnosed with 5-alpha-reductase deficiency. After further invasive testing, they were attested to have "elevated" testosterone levels.

Subsequently, all 4 athletes were coerced to submit to castration and partial clitoris amputation, surgical widening of the vagina and hormone "replacement theapy" with estrogens ("partial clitoridectomy with a bilateral gonadectomy, followed by a deferred feminizing vaginoplasty and estrogen replacement therapy"). According to the mutilators, all 4 athletes "consented" to the procedures explicitly described as medically unnecessary, in order to be able to be cleared for competition one year later. However, the report doesn't mention if the athletes were informed about all the "side effects" of the mutilating procedures, as well as that most survivors later regret having these procedures done on them, and it also doesn't mention whether or not the athletes were offered access to peer support – serving as a strong indicator that, as per usual, in fact they were NOT.

While there are still no ideal gender testing rules in sight, and therefore possible future revisions will mostly also remain imperfect, the above confirmed blatant human rights violations of intersex athletes from the global south by the global sports bodies once more highlight the urgent need for TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY in current and future gender testing, including mandatory (anonymised) DISCLOSURE of all cases of testing, banning, and enforced "medical" treatments (while of course respecting the privacy of the athletes concerned), as well as independent MONITORING including collaboration with intersex organisations.

Despite all the severe injustice and damage done to (presumed or actual) intersex athletes by IOC/IAAF/FIFA, including public hounding and shaming, arbitrary bans and "stripping" of medals, or imposing of IGM practices like above, also in 2016 so far no sports representative or other guilty party was ever held accountable for their actions.   

>>> "Justice for Shanti Soundarajan!" Please sign the petition and share! Thank you!

>>> Background: Discrimination of Hermaphrodites in Sports
>>> "Justice for Santhi and Caster!" - Protest vs IOC + IAAF, 19.11.2009
>>>
Open Letter to IOC demanding Justice for Santhi and Caster
>>>
"Hermaphrodites" in sports: IOC and IAAF deny responsibility
>>>
IOC/IAAF/FIFA: Mandatory Gender Tests, Surgery for Intersex Athletes

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Saturday 20 August 2016

Intersex body shaming is NOT OK – no matter who's doing it!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookHuman Rights For Hemaphrodites, Too!The recent and currrent portrayals of Donald Trump with a "micropenis" [1] and "no balls" [2], same as recent reports on Adolf Hitler having a "tiny deformed penis as well as just one testicle" [3] plus many more similar examples [4], illustrate in an exemplary manner how intersex body shaming is considered legitimate and "A-OK" by both gay and mainstream media and by both 'progressives' and 'conservatives' alike.

So it obviously still bears repeating (4): INTERSEX BODY SHAMING – same as INTERSEX APPROPRIATION, INTERSEX ERASURE, PINKWASHING OF IGM or ACADEMIC COMPLICITY – is NEVER ACCEPTABLE NOR LEGITIMATE ('best intentions' notwithstanding)! SHAME ON YOU!!

Sources [WARNING!]:
[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/02/11/donald-trump-naked-portrait-micropenis_n_9207288.html
[2] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/18/nude-donald-trump-statues-new-york-indecline
[3] http://StopIGM.org/post/Hitler-extensive-genital-abnormalities-intersex-shaming-PinkNews-Telegraph
[4] https://oii.org.au/30697/body-shaming-intersex-issue/

>>> "3rd Gender" Legislation will NOT end IGM – Prohibition, Sanctions + Redress will!
>>> IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT "Controversy" or "Debate"!
>>> IGM = Torture, NOT "Discrimination" or "Gender Identity"!  

Thursday 18 August 2016

New Zealand > UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilations

«A Gonad For A Gonad, A Lust Organ For A Lust Organ» - Garry L. Warne (left) at the main entrance of '3rd EuroDSD Symposium', Lübeck 20.5.11 Photo: Garry L. Warne (center), Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, where New Zealand District Health Boards often send intersex children for "feminising" IGM surgery.
Nonviolent Intersex Protest vs. "3rd EuroD$D Symposium", Lübeck May 21, 2011    --> Open Letter

NGO Report to the 5th Periodic Report of New Zealand on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

 
>>>  Download (PDF 720 kb)

  
Compiled by:
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

Timetable CRC Review of New Zealand Sep 2016:

  • Review of New Zealand: Thu 15 Sept 3pm CET + Fri 16 Sept 10am CET
    – to be broadcasted live via treatybodywebcast.org!
  • The Concluding Observations for New Zealand – hopefully with a severe reprimand for IGM practices – are due at the end the 73rd CRC Session (30 Sep 2016).

During its 73rd Session the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will review New Zealand's (+ South Africa's) record of protecting its children from harmful practices (as stipulated in under art. 24(3) CRC in conjunction with the CRC-CEDAW Joint General Comment No. 18/31). Above thematic Report to the Committee documents evidence of IGM still being perpetrated by major New Zealand public University Children's Clinics and District Hospital Bords, plus intersex children sent abroad to Australia for involuntary treatments, and the complicity of the state in this ongoing massive human rights violation.

CRC has so far investigated IGM practices in 6 countries, each time criticising IGM as a "harmful practice" (just like FGM) and issuing stern reprimands to the complicit governments. Let's again hope for tough questions during the upcoming review of New Zealand – and for strong Concluding Observations for the New Zealand Government (+ South Africa) to take all necessary measures, including legislation, to finally end the impunity of IGM perpetrators and their accessories!

>>> South Africa > UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilations

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT): IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Inhuman Treatment
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Tuesday 16 August 2016

South Africa > UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilations

NGO Report to the 2nd Periodic Report of South Africa on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

 
>>>  Download (PDF 929 kb)

  
Compiled by:
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

Timetable CRC Review of South Africa Sep 2016:

  • Review of South Africa: Mon 19 Sep 10am + 3pm CET
    – to be broadcasted live via treatybodywebcast.org!
  • The Concluding Observations for South Africa – hopefully with a severe reprimand for IGM practices – are due at the end the 73rd CRC Session (30 Sep 2016).

During its 73rd Session the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will review South Africa's (+ New Zealand's) record of protecting its children from harmful practices (as stipulated in under art. 24(3) CRC in conjunction with the CRC-CEDAW Joint General Comment No. 18/31). Above thematic Report to the Committee documents evidence of IGM still being perpetrated in all major South African University Children's Clinics and the complicity of the state in this ongoing massive human rights violation, as well as reports of infanticide of intersex newborns and also victims of infant "Muti" genital mutilations being submitted to IGM as "therapy".

CRC has so far investigated IGM practices in 6 countries, each time criticising IGM as a "harmful practice" (just like FGM) and issuing stern reprimands to the complicit governments. Let's again hope for tough questions during the upcoming review of South Africa – and for strong Concluding Observations for the South African Government (+ New Zealand) to take all necessary measures, including legislation, to finally end the impunity of IGM perpetrators and their accessories!

>>> New Zealand > UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilations

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT): IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Inhuman Treatment
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Saturday 13 August 2016

PLEASE SIGN! Justice for Shanti Soundarajan!

Nonviolent Intersex Protest + Open Letter by Zwischengeschlecht.org, IOC HQ 19.11.2009

>>> Please sign the petition and share! Thank you!

IOC IAAF: Stop Intersex Discrimination!

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The Tamil-Indian intersex athlete Shanti Soundarajan was arbitrarily banned from further competition without proper possibility to appeal, submitted to public shaming and exposure, and arbitrarily stripped of her honourably won medals. To this day, she lives a precarious existence – and fights for justice. To this day, the Indian state and national athletics association refuse to support her case – arguably also because because she was born a Dalit.

A current online petition makes 2 minimal demands:

  1. Her name be put back on the official record of winners in the races she won.

  2. The government gives her a permanent job to rebuild her life.

>>> Please sign all and share! Thank you!

The international intersex human rights NGO Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org has been criticising the intolerable actions of international sports federations against (suspected) intersex athletes for more than 8 years.

>>> Report on Discrimination of Hermaphrodites in Sports
>>> "Justice for Santhi and Caster!" - Protest vs IOC + IAAF, 19.11.2009
>>>
Open Letter to IOC demanding Justice for Santhi and Caster
>>>
"Hermaphrodites" in sports: IOC and IAAF deny responsibility
>>>
IOC/IAAF/FIFA: Mandatory Gender Tests, Surgery for Intersex Athletes
>>> The Proof: IOC + IAAF + FIFA = Intersex Genital Mutilators! 

Friday 12 August 2016

Discrimination & Intersex Genital Mutilations in Sports

[ Reloaded due to current events ]

IOC HQ Lausanne, Nov. 19, 2009 (Photo: epa/Laurent Gillieron)   --> Open Letter

IOC IAAF: Stop Intersex Discrimination!

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Discriminating, unfair and harmful treatment of intersexed athletes ("hermaphrodites") in women's sports has a long and painful history. The "suspected" athletes' dignity and human rights keep getting violated on a regular basis by both of the ruling international sports bodies, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), as well as by their subsidiaries and affiliates.

Accused as cheaters, "suspicious" athletes are denied their rights to due process, informed consent and medical privacy, arbitrarily stripped of their medals and banned from further competition without proper possibility to appeal.

Public shaming and exposure of "suspects" as "sex test failures" and "hermaphrodites" is used a regular part of the procedure, serving as a compliance tool in order to keep "dubious" athletes from competing (i.e. forcing them to feign injury, undergo surgery or "retire quietly").

Unfortunately, since the decision to abandon the mandatory sex tests for women athletes, and replacing them with discretionary tests for individual athletes on grounds of "suspicion" or "challenge" (as the IAAF policy tellingly puts it), for (suspected) intersexed athletes the situation grew considerably worse, also due to less supervision by women's organizations and other pressure groups.

As the recent "cases" of Santhi Soundarajan and Mokgadi Caster Semenya illustrate, athletes hailing from poor "developing countries" without actual possibilities to defend themselves against this injustice, are treated particularly inconsiderately.

Also, the IOC and the IAAF continue to advocate and impose medically not indicated surgeries and hormone treatments on intersexed athletes, even in cases where the sports bodies fail to bring forward any evidence that the athletes concerned would have any advantage from being intersexed.

>>> Full Text: "Hermaphrodites" in sports: IOC, IAAF and FIFA deny responsibility 

See also:
- IOC/IAAF/FIFA: Mandatory Gender Tests for Female Athletes, Surgery for the Intersexed
- The Proof: IOC + IAAF + FIFA = Intersex Genital Mutilators! 

Wednesday 10 August 2016

Harmful myths: "3rd gender" and equality legislation will NOT end Intersex Genital Mutilations – prohibition, sanctions + redress will!

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'Unfortunately still bears repeating (3):

IGM is VIOLENCE, a HARMFUL PRACTICE comparable to FGM, INHUMAN TREATMENT in breach of the UN convention against TORTURE, and MUST STOP. States are obliged to “explicitly prohibit by law and adequately sanction or criminalize harmful practices” and to “adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation”.

"3rd gender" or anti-discrimination legislation are NO suitable means to end IGM practices, as the examples of Australia, New Zealand, Nepal, Germany and South Africa clearly prove. Publicly claiming otherwise is APPROPRIATION of the suffering of IGM survivors for 3rd party interests and unnecessarily prolonging IGM practices ('best intentions' notwithstanding), and MUST STOP just as well.

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Inhuman Treatment
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Thursday 4 August 2016

Intersex Genital Mutilations: UN Women's Rights Committee Reprimands France – Switzerland + Germany Next

Photo: Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) briefs the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on IGM practices in Germany for the upcoming 66th session, Geneva 25.07.2016

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org 04.08.2016

StopIGM.org and French intersex advocates Nadine Coquet and Vincent Guillot warmly welcome the historic ‘Concluding Observations’ of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) reprimanding France for Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM), marking
  •  the very 1st time that CEDAW condemns IGM as a "harmful practice" (just like FGM),
  •  the 3rd UN reprimand for France for IGM practices in less than one year,
  •  already the 15th UN reprimand for IGM practices so far.

1.  Women's Rights Committee reprimands France for IGM practices
2.  Next in line: Switzerland and Germany
3.  15 verdicts: The UN condemn Intersex Genital Mutilations

1.  Women's Rights Committee reprimands France for IGM practices

>>> CEDAW/C/FRA/CO/7-8 (PDF 491 kb), on Intersex: p. 6-7, paras. 17e-f + 18e-f

IGM = Hamful Practice

We particularly appreciate that in its binding recommendations issued on occasion of the 64th Session, CEDAW explicitly obliged France to "[ensure that] no child is subjected to unnecessary surgery or treatment" (referring to the earlier verdicts by both CRC and CAT), as well as to "systematically collect disaggregated data on harmful practices in the State party and make information on the ways to combat these practices widely available" – both long-standing demands of intersex NGOs.

A thematic NGO report to CEDAW (PDF) by StopIGM.org, Nadine Coquet and Vincent Guillot provided incriminating evidence of all forms of IGM remaining pervasive in France, advocated by the public medical body "High Authority of Health" prescribing e.g. partial clitoris amputation on intersex children "during the first months of life", paid for by the public health insurance, and perpetrated in public university and regional children's clinics with impunity.

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: 2016 CEDAW Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  Inhuman Treatment
>
>>  Download (PDF 2.69 MB)

As Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) briefed the Committee in Geneva (04.07.2016):

"To this day in France there is no law to protect intersex children from these daily mutilations. The French Government refuses to acknowledge that this is a human rights issue, but frames IGM as 'complex medical questions' best left to the 'medical expertise' of the perpetrators, who in turn blanketly dismiss human rights criticism as, I quote, 'unfair' and 'counterproductive'."

France is the 1st ever country to be reprimanded for IGM by 3 different UN treaty bodies, having previously been reprimanded by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in February 2016, and by the Committee against Torture (CAT) in May.

2.  Next in line: Switzerland and Germany

The next State party up for review of Intersex Genital Mutilations by the UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW) is Switzerland during the 65th session in October 2016. Like France, also Switzerland has previously been remanded for IGM by both the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Committee against Torture (CAT).

Germany follows during the 66th session in February 2017, having previously been reprimanded by the Committee against Torture (CAT) and the Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). What's more, in 2009 CEDAW was the first UN treaty body ever to include a recommendation on intersex people in its Concluding Observations for Germany.

For both Switzerland and Germany, CEDAW has already received (or will shortly receive) conclusive thematic NGO reports as well as further incriminating evidence of IGM practices. StopIGM.org is again expecting stern reprimands.

3.  15 verdicts: The UN condemn Intersex Genital Mutilations

IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!Typical forms of IGM practices [ WARNING!!!] include involuntary ‘masculinising’ and ‘feminising’, ‘corrective’ genital surgery, castration and other sterilising procedures, imposition of hormones, forced genital exams, vaginal dilations, medical display, withholding crucial information from patients an parents, human experimentation, and denial of needed health care.

IGM Practices cause known lifelong severe physical and psychological pain and suffering, including loss or impairment of sexual sensation, painful scarring, painful intercourse, incontinence, urethral strictures, impairment or loss of reproductive capabilities, lifelong dependency of artificial hormones, significantly elevated rates of self-harming behaviour and suicidal tendencies, lifelong mental suffering and trauma, increased sexual anxieties, less sexual activity.

Since 1950, IGM has been practised systematically and on an industrial scale allover the ‘developed world’, with all typical IGM forms still practised today. Parents and children are misinformed, kept in the dark, sworn to secrecy, kept isolated and denied appropriate support.

Heidi Walcutt (1997): 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation'For more than 20 years, survivors have criticised IGM practices as harmful and traumatising, as a fundamental human rights violation, as a form of genital mutilation and child sexual abuse, as torture or ill-treatment, and called for legislation to end it and to ensure remedies, including access to justice and adequate compensation.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has repeatedly considered involuntary, non-urgent intersex treatments as 'violence' and a 'harmful practice', and thus comparable to Female Genital Mutilation, and since 2015 has reprimanded Switzerland, Chile, Ireland, France, the UK and Nepal for failing to protect intersex children's right to bodily integrity and to ensure equal access to remedies and justice for victims.

The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) likewise recognises IGM practices as constituting at least 'inhuman treatment' in violation of the Convention against Torture, and since 2011 has reprimanded Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong and France, explicitly calling for investigation of cases of IGM, redress for survivors and legal prohibition of the practice.

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) also considers IGM as 'inhuman treatment' and since 2015 has reprimanded Germany and Chile, echoing CAT and further denouncing violation of the right to autonomy and self-determination.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) now reprimanding France, again denouncing IGM as a "harmful practice" (just like FGM) and referring both to CRC and CAT, is already the fourth UN treaty body recognising IGM as a fundamental human rights violation.

In all above 15 verdicts, the Committees issued binding recommendations to take legislative action to end the practice and to ensure access to redress and justice for IGM survivors.

In addition, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) as the governing body of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) is currently investigating IGM and has called on Switzerland to disclose statistics.

Other international human rights bodies to condemn IGM practices so far include WHO, UNICEF, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, the Council of Europe (CoE) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

To this day, Malta and Colombia are the only countries to at least formally outlaw or partly ban involuntary surgeries on children with ‘atypical genitalia’, although without any tangible consequences for perpetrators and without ensuring access to redress and justice for survivors of infant IGM practices by prolonging the statutes of limitations long enough to allow often traumatised survivors to sue as adults.

States as contracting parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention against Torture (CAT) and other applicable Covenants including CEDAW, CRPD and CCPR can no longer feign ignorance of the illegal nature of IGM practices, but must take all appropriate measures including legislation to eliminate them, and to guarantee access to effective redress and justice for all IGM survivors!

The international intersex human rights NGO StopIGM.org and French intersex advocates Nadine Coquet and Vincent Guillot demand the prohibition of forced genital surgeries on children and adolescents with Variations of Sex Anatomy and "Human Rights for Hermaphrodites too!"

Persons concerned shall later decide themselves, if they want surgeries or not, and if yes, which.

Kind regards

Daniela "Nella" Truffer, Markus Bauer
Founding members human rights NGO Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

Mobile +41 (0) 76 398 06 50
Mobile +41 (0) 78 829 12 60

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info

http://StopIGM.org

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
Historic 56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments over IGM 
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Saturday 30 July 2016

Intersex Genital Mutilation is a Crime, NOT "Health Care"!!!

IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookUnfortunately still bears repeating – how much longer?!

IGM practices are NOT a "health issue", but VIOLENCE in health care settings and an ONGOING CRIME!
Publicly pretending otherwise ('best intentions' not withstanding) is INTERSEX APPROPRIATION + ACADEMIC COMPLICITY in IGM practices – and MUST STOP just as well!

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