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Monday 20 July 2015

VIDEO: 'Bodily integrity & self-determination' - IGM Type 1: 'Hypospadias Repair', Pt. 3/4 - Tiger Devore

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>>> VIDEO:  'The position that comes back with consistency, is that bodily integrity, self-determination, and informed consent can not be given by a child.' In part 3, Dr Tiger recalls debates during the '5th I-DSD Symposium' in Belgium, an exceptional congress insofar that it also invited different opinions, including from persons concerned.

IGM survivor and sex therapist Dr Tiger Devore talks Intersex Genital Mutilation Type 1: 'Masculinising Genital Corrections': 'Hypospadias Repair' in this four part interview on a serious human rights violation that 'can not be allowed to continue.'

Filmed on occasion of nonviolent intersex protests vs. '6th I$HID Hypospadias Workshop' with 'Live surgery', '5th I-D$D Symposium, and '1st D$Dnet Training School' in June 2015.

Tiger Devore was one of the first survivors of IGM practices at all to speak out in public, and an excerpt (taken from the "STOP IGM Primer" (PDF)) of Tiger's moving written personal testimony "Growning up in the surgical maelstrom" (1997) was recently quoted in a report "Human Rights and Intersex People" published by the Commissioner on Human Rights of the Council of Europe (COE).

StopIGM.org is proud to present this powerful interview series with Tiger talking truth to power. Part 4 coming up soon ...

>>> Intersex Protests + Info: '6th I$HID Hypospadias Live Surgery Workshop'

Wednesday 15 July 2015

Thematic Intersex NGO Report to Committee against Torture (CAT)

STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookThe new Thematic Intersex NGO report to the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) documents and criticises IGM Practices, proving they amount to Torture or Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment (CIDT), and that all state parties as signatories to the Convention against Torture are under obligation to take all appropriate steps, including legislation, to prevent them (Art. 1, 2, 16 CAT), to ensure impartial investigation of all cases, as well as redress, fair and adequate compensation and rehabilitation for all victims (Art. 12, 13 and 14 CAT), and to train and inform medical staff that non-consensual unnecessary surgical and other procedures on intersex persons are a serious human rights violation (Art. 10 CAT).

The report also includes an updated bibliography on international human rights bodies, national institutions and NGOs condemning IGM Practices, as well as an updated theamatic supplement "IGM in Medical Textbooks – History and Current Practice", and is now available for download:

NGO Report to the 7th Periodic Report of Switzerland on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

>>> Download as PDF (3.46 MB)

Compiled by:
Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org
Intersex.ch
SI Selbsthilfe Intersexualität

The review of Switzerland during the 55th session of the Committee against Torture will take place in Geneva at Palais Wilson on 3–4 August. Beforehand there will also be a confidential NGO briefing of the Committee. Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org will participate in all meetings. To be continued ...

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 2015 UN-CRC Briefing
• IGM: A Survivor's Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy?  • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights  • Conclusion: IGM as a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Thursday 9 July 2015

'Rights of the Child Clearly Violated' - Dr Tiger talking IGM Type 1

Intersex Protest vs. '6th ISHID' Live Genital Mutilation @ Emma Klinik Seligenstadt 

Dr Tiger Devore on IGM perpetrators at international medical congregations: 'The rights of the child are very, very plain, and that these rights are being so clearly violated is – is something that's hard for me to understand while I listen to these guys lecture.'
New Video: 'Unnecessary and harmful' - IGM Type 1, Pt. 2/4

Tuesday 7 July 2015

VIDEO: 'Unnecessary & harmful' - IGM Type 1: 'Hypospadias Repair', Pt. 2/4 - Tiger Devore

>>> VIDEO:  'First, there has to be a much greater understanding that this is a violation of human rights.' In part 2, Dr. Tiger goes deeper into some of the medical myths surrounding 'hypospadias repair,' specifically that non-consensual early surgeries would actually help to pee standing and impregnate women, and denounces them for what they are: unnecessary and harmful.

IGM survivor and sex therapist Dr. Tiger Devore talks Intersex Genital Mutilation Type 1: 'Masculinising Genital Corrections': 'Hypospadias Repair' in this four part interview on a serious human rights violation, and shares encounters at a paediatric congress where dedicated perpetrators meet.

Filmed on occasion of nonviolent intersex protests vs. '6th I$HID Hypospadias Workshop' with 'Live surgery', '5th I-D$D Symposium, and '1st D$Dnet Training School' in June 2015.

Tiger Devore was one of the first survivors of IGM practices at all to speak out in public, and an excerpt (taken from the "STOP IGM Primer" (PDF)) of Tiger's moving written personal testimony "Growning up in the surgical maelstrom" (1997) was recently quoted in a report "Human Rights and Intersex People" published by the Commissioner on Human Rights of the Council of Europe (COE).

StopIGM.org is proud to present this powerful interview series with Tiger talking truth to power. Parts 3-4 coming up soon ...

>>> Intersex Protests + Info: '6th I$HID Hypospadias Live Surgery Workshop'

Saturday 27 June 2015

Exciting New Paper: "Should surgery for hypospadias be performed before an age of consent?" - Journal of Sex Research, in press

An unheard-of new paper on the ethics of "masculinising" non-consensual, unnecessary "hypospadias repair" surgery on children with variations of sex anatomy has been accepted for publication by the "Journal of Sex Research" and is now in press: >>> Adrienne Carmack, Lauren Notini, and Brian D. Earp: "Should surgery for hypospadias be performed before an age of consent?" (via academia.edu).

The paper was inspired by a presentation by Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org) at the "Genital Autonomy 2014" symposium in Boulder, Co. on the topic of IGM Practices, which as per usual covered "hypospadias repair" as the most common IGM Practice, therefore also known as "IGM Type 1". (See picture: Markus Bauer and Adrienne Carmack at "Genital Autonomy 2014" – Photo thanks to Brother K.)

Adrienne Carmack has also an interesting entry on the paper and subject with additional background info on her blog: >>> "An Ethical Approach to Hypospadias."

The paper addresses some crucial facts about "hypospadias repair" usually conveniently omitted in medical publications by the perpetrators, including the lack of medical necessity, the substatil risk of loss of sexual sensation post surgery, and the often terrible complications (WARNING!!!):

Abstract
Hypospadias is a relatively common genital condition in which the urethral opening forms on the underside of the penis, as opposed to at the tip of the glans. Patients with hypospadias are typically referred for surgery during infancy or early childhood. Recent evidence, however, indicates that many individuals with hypospadias do not experience the functional or psychosocial difficulties that are commonly attributed to the condition, and that surgical intervention for hypospadias carries substantial risk of adverse outcomes. In this article, we review published outcomes data and conduct an in-depth analysis of the typical rationales for hypospadias surgery, taking into consideration both the potential benefits and harms of the procedure, as well as the existence of non-surgical alternatives. We argue, firstly, that most childhood surgeries for hypospadias are performed for anticipated future problems concerning function and cosmesis, rather than extant problems that serve to undermine the child’s well- being. Secondly, we contend that the surgery can be safely performed after an age of consent without increasing the absolute risk of surgical complications to an ethically meaningful degree. We conclude that surgery for hypospadias should typically be performed only if requested by the affected individual, under conditions of informed consent.

Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

>>> VIDEO: Tiger Devore talks IGM Type 1: 'Hypospadias Repair" - Part 1/4 
>>> Open Letter to '6th I$HID Hypospadias Live Surgery Workshop' + affiliated Clinics
>>> Intersex Protests + Info: '6th I$HID Hypospadias Live Surgery Workshop 2015'

'Stop the Mutilations of Intersex Children' - 360°, June 2015

>>> 3-page interview (in french) on the ongoing struggle to end IGM practices with Daniela "Nella" Truffer and Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org) in the swiss LGBT mag "360°", as well as in the printed editition (p 8–12). Thanks to everybody who made this possible!

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Open Letter of Concern to '6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop' and affiliated Clinics, with 130 Signatures

Nonviolent Protest #5 vs. '6th I$HID Hypospadias Workshop', Seligenstadt 23.06.2015

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>>> Open Letter of Concern to 'ISHID' and affiliated Clinics (PDF)

Today we're going to hand in the Open Letters, with 119 126 130 signatures from (almost) allover the world. Thanks to everybody who signed and/or participated in the protests!

>>> VIDEO: Tiger Devore talks IGM Type 1: 'Hypospadias Repair" - Part 1/4 
>>> Intersex Protests + Info: '6th I$HID Hypospadias Live Surgery Workshop'

Tuesday 23 June 2015

VIDEO: Tiger Devore talks IGM Type 1: 'Hypospadias Repair" - Part 1/4: "Clitoral Reduction vs. Hypospadias Repair"

>>> VIDEO:  IGM survivor and sex therapist Dr. Tiger Devore talks Intersex Genital Mutilation Type 1: 'Masculinising Genital Corrections': 'Hypospadias Repair' in this four part interview on a serious huma rights violation, and shares encounters at a paediatric congress where dedicated perpetrators meet.

Part 1 explains what IGM 1 and Hypospadias are all about, and how strikingly different unnecessary 'clitoral reduction surgery' (IGM 2) is discussed compared to unnecessary 'hypospadias repair surgery'.

Filmed on occasion of nonviolent intersex protests vs. '6th I$HID Hypospadias Workshop' with 'Live surgery', '5th I-D$D Symposium, and '1st D$Dnet Training School'.

Tiger Devore was one of the first survivors of IGM practices at all to speak out in public, and an excerpt (taken from the "STOP IGM Primer" (PDF)) of Tiger's moving written personal testimony "Growning up in the surgical maelstrom" (1997) was recently quoted in a report "Human Rights and Intersex People" published by the Commissioner on Human Rights of the Council of Europe (COE).

StopIGM.org is proud to present this powerful interview series with Tiger talking truth to power. Parts 2-4 coming up soon ...

>>> Intersex Protests + Info: '6th I$HID Hypospadias Live Surgery Workshop'

Monday 22 June 2015

1st Intersex-Protest vs. 'ISHID Live Mutilator Workshop', 21.06.15

>>> Intersex Protests + Info: '6th I$HID Hypospadias Live Surgery Workshop'

Nonviolent Protest #1 vs. '6th I$HID Hypospadias Workshop', Seligenstadt 21.06.2015

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First photo impressions of the protests vs. the 'I$HID' congress kicking off near Frankfurt/Main (Germany). Like virtually always we had good talks with passers-by, and also some interesting to memorable ones with some 'I$HID' participants – though as to be expected they were mostly pretty incorrigible and didn't (want to) know anything at all about human rights.

But were here to raise awareness, and to build nonviolent pressure. Even 'I$HID' chief mutilator Prof. Ahmed T. Hadidi himself was seen sneeking about our protest and looking over sceptically ...

Tomorrow the unspeakable live mutilations will start – and our nonviolent protests will continue, both in front of 'I$HID' HQ 'MainChateau' and in front of the local Emma Klinik, from where the live mutilations will be televised to 'MainChateau'.

Thanks to everybody who already signed the Open Letter! See you where the action is!

>>> Intersex Protests + Info: '6th I$HID Hypospadias Live Surgery Workshop'

Saturday 20 June 2015

Intersex Protests + Info: '6th I$HID Hypospadias Live Surgery Workshop' - Frankfurt a.M., June 21-24

VIDEO 2 'Unnecessary & harmful' - IGM Type 1: 'Hypospadias Repair' - Tiger Devore
VIDEO 1 Tiger Devore talks IGM Type 1, Part1/4: 'Clitoral Cutting vs. Hypospadias Repair'
Open Letter of Concern to '6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop' and affiliated Clinics

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Just one week after 'D$Dnet' + 'I-D$D' in Belgium, on Sun 21.–Wed 24.6. the next Global Intersex Genital Mutilators Conference takes place near Frankfurt/Germany:
The infamous '6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop' – mostly "Live Surgery"!

INFO EVENING: Mon 22.6. 19h @ Uni FFM, Studierendenhaus Bockenheim, Raum K2
7 PEACEFUL PROTESTS + OPEN LETTER: Seligenstadt + Offenbach Sun 21 – Wed 24

@ MainChateau + Emma Klinik Seligenstadt + Sana Klinikum Offenbach (see below)

1.  I$HID: IGM Global Inc.

The "International Society on Hypospadias and Disorders of Sex Development (ISHID)" was founded in 1999 as a global Intersex Genital Mutilators Association consisting mostly of paediatric surgeons focused on the proliferation of IGM practices in "emerging countries".

(The original name, from which the still current acronym "ISHID" stems, was "International Society on Hypospadias and Intersex Disorders" [!].)

Since 2005, "I$HID" pushes biannual so-called "World Congresses", which amongst persons concerned are particularly notorious for their constant emphasis on "Live Intersex Genital Mutilations". (In 2007, also "EuroDSD" and "DSDnet" Chief Olaf Hiort was featured prominently.)

Ethics and human rights are traditionally absent in the "scientific programme" of the "ISHID World Congresses".

The greater the astonishment (and the indignation) amongst "I$HID" participants of the "4th World Congress 2011" in London, when they were confronted by nonviolent protests and vigils by StopIGM.org for the whole duration (see photo >>> more on demotix).

The 2011 Open Letter signed by IGM survivers from Europe, Africa and North and South America was left unanswered by the "I$HID" powerholders, despite initial announcements to the contrary.

2. "6th I$HID Hypo 2015": Live Pedo Surgery Nonstop

The programme of "6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop" in Seligenstadt/FFM (Germany) consists mostly of live genital mutilations on defenceless children (!!!), which take place in the local Emma Kinik (see programme, PDF), and (like it says on the tin) the "Workshop" focuses on "masculinising genital corrections" a.k.a. surgical "hypospadias repair", today the most frequent IGM practice, and particularly frailed with complications [WARNING!!!].

(The separate "D$D part"  of the "World Conference" (provisonal programme, PDF) originally announced for 24.-27.6. in Lübeck (homebase a.o. of "EuroD$D" and "D$Dnet") has been tacitly cancelled in the meantime.)

Main organisers of the "Seligenstadt Workshop" are longterm resident and notorious serial mutilator Prof. Ahmed T. Hadidi and one of his willing local clinics, the Privatklinik Emma Seligenstadt GmbH & Co. KG, where also the live mutilations are scheduled to be perpetrated (see programme, PDF).

In addition, Hadidi also "works" at the (Sana) Klinikum Offenbach GmbH (Teaching Hospital of the Goethe Unversity Frankfurt/M), where according to "Weiße Liste" in Jahr 2012 alone in total 896 defenceless children were mutilated, notably with below average patient/parent satisfaction according to investigations by german helth assurances AOKs, BARMER GEK and hkk (PDF, in german).

Since 2007, Hadidi is listed as a "senior consultant for paediatric surgery" both at Klinikum Offenbach and Emma Klinik Seligenstadt. In a 2008 joint press release, the two clinics and Hadidi boasted of already 300-480 mutilations annually (PDF, in german).

Lucrative Human Rights Violations:
A Millionaire from Intersex Genital Mutilations

"More than a million Euros" did Seligenstadt-Tycoon Ahmed T. Hadidi funnel into the I$HID venue "MainChateau" in 2013, according to the Offenbach Post (in German) – see photo of Hadidi announcing the project together with the Seligenstadt Mayor, who will also speak during the "Workshop's" opening ceremony – and in the same 2013 press article, Hadidi also already officially announced this year's live mutilations ("1. Internationaler Seligenstädter Hypospadie-Workshop").

Even amongst his paediatric surgeon peers, Hadidi is notorious for aggressively marketing "hypospadias repair" online, while glossing over / omitting complication risks. As parents report, children are dismissed as "successfully repaired" without further follow-up after 1 1/2 years – despite the fact that many seriously dangerous complications [WARNING!!!] (including urethral strictures, sometimes leading to kidney failure!) frequently only appear after 5 to 10 years (!!!).

On the other hand, is Hadidi known for insisting on repeated cosmetic "redo repairs" ("he's just such a perfectionist", says one mother) – a common complaint by survivors also of other mutilators, i.e. that continuous "repeat repairs" only stop when the persons concerned are old enough to actively resist further "repairs".

The international Intersex NGO StopIGM.org will nonviolently protest and educate vs. the "6th I$HID Live Mutilation Workshop" from Sun 21. - Wed 24.6.:

• INFO EVENING: Monday 22.6. 19:00h, Uni Frankfurt a.M.
Studierendenhaus am Campus Bockenheim, Raum K2, Mertonstraße 26-28,
"Intersex Genital Mutilations – and the Struggle to End Them"
Daniela Truffer and Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org)
Presentation followed by Q&A / Discussion
In cooperation with Autonomes FrauenLesben Referat (AFLR) of Uni FFM

• 7 PEACEFUL VIGILS + OPEN LETTERS:
   Seligenstadt + Offenbach, So 21. - Mi 24.

    "STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations!"

'6th I$HID Hypospadias Workshop' with 'Live Surgery'

Sunday 21.06.2015: MainChateau Seligenstadt
#1: 18:30-20:30  MainChateau, Kleine Maingasse 16-18, Seligenstadt (Nähe Haupteingang)

Monday 22.6.2015: MainChateau + Emma Klinik Seligenstadt
#2: 07:00-12:30  MainChateau, Kleine Maingasse 16-18, Seligenstadt (Nähe Haupteingang)
#3: 13:30-18:00  Emma Klinik, Frankfurter Straße 51, Seligenstadt (Nähe Haupteingang)

Tuesday 23.6.2015: Emma Klinik + MainChateau Seligenstadt
#4: 09:30-12:30  Emma Klinik, Frankfurter Straße 51, Seligenstadt (Nähe Haupteingang)
#5: 13:30-19:30  MainChateau, Kleine Maingasse 16-18, Seligenstadt (Nähe Haupteingang)

Wednesday 24.6.2015: MainChateau + Sana Klinik Offenbach
#6: 07:45-12:30  MainChateau, Kleine Maingasse 16-18, Seligenstadt (Nähe Haupteingang)
#7: 13:30-15:30  Sana Klinikum Offenbach, Starkenburgring 66, 63069 Offenbach am Main (Nähe Haupteingang)

Help reminding the perpetrators that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!

VIDEO 2 'Unnecessary & harmful' - IGM Type 1: 'Hypospadias Repair' - Tiger Devore
VIDEO 1 Tiger Devore talks IGM Type 1: 'Clitoral Cutting vs. Hypospadias Repair'
>>> Open Letter of Concern to '4th ISHID World Congress 2011' (PDF)
>>> Press Release 17.09.2011: 'Hermaphrodites Target Pedo Docs'
>>> VIDEO 'Three Vigils': ISHID 2011 Protests

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

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 2015 UN-CRC Briefing
• IGM: A Survivor's Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy?  • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights  • Conclusion: IGM as a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Tuesday 16 June 2015

"You Were Always Brave, And Ever May You Be" - Intersex Protest #2 vs. 'D$Dnet' Genital Mutilators, Pt. 2 feat. Daniela Truffer

>>> 8 Intersex Protests + Info vs. 'D$Dnet' + 'I-D$D', Belgium 07.-13.06.2015 

Intersex Protest #2: '1st DSDnet Training School' @ Ghent University 'Het Pand', 08.06.2015

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

On day #2 of the '1st D$Dnet Training School' advocating IGM practices, the participants were greeted by the (admittedly small) obligatory nonviolent intersex protest, also brandishing placard no. 2 in a new series featuring IGM survivors speaking out – in this case Swiss intersex activist and IGM survivor, StopIGM.org's one and only Daniela "Nella" Truffer (see above). The placard's motive of course was taken from the 3-page interview on IGM practices in the current issue of Geneva LGBT mag "360", and the cropped foto there on occasion of a protest vs. the 64th Annual Meeting of the 'German Society for Urology (DGU),
Leipzig 28.09.2012:

Daniela, the intersex person having participated most frequently in nonviolent intersex protests on this planet by quite some margin, was prevented from attending today due to her beloved dog (and seasoned intersex protest veteran – current global rank #5) Baiba having just returned from ICU, fighting for her life against an unknown but serious internal infection.

Daniela has also again and again beared testimony on IGM and it's lifelong effects in front of various human rights and ethics bodies, as well as in soon 200 media appearances. You can read and hear her story in english in her own words e.g. here:

I salute you for your exceptional leadership in actively and effectively combatting both IGM practices and perpetrators, and protecting future generations from being mutilated like you have been – far above and beyond any call of duty.

"You Were Always Brave,
And Ever May You Be"

>>> Intersex Protests + Info vs. 'D$Dnet' + 'I-D$D', Belgium 07.-13.06.2015

Monday 15 June 2015

New WHO Report "Sexual Health, Human Rights and the Law" Criticises Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM) – Again!

The brand new >>> WHO Report "Sexual health, human rights and the law" (PDF) contains an individual section (!) "Intersex people" (p. 27-28). THANKS to Mauro Cabral and everyone who made it possible!! Highlights include:

"A major concern for intersex people is that so-called sex normalizing procedures are often undertaken during their infancy and childhood, to alter their bodies, particularly the sexual organs, to make them conform to gendered physical norms, including through repeated surgeries, hormonal interventions and other measures. As a result, such children may be subjected to medically unnecessary, often irreversible, interventions that may have lifelong consequences for their physical and mental health, including irreversible termination of all or some of their reproductive and sexual capacity." (p 26)

"Increasingly, concerns are being raised by intersex people, their caregivers, medical professionals and human rights bodies that these interventions often take place without the informed consent of the children involved and/or without even seeking the informed consent of their parents (178, 262, 264, 270–273)." (p. 26)

"It has also been recommended [by human rights bodies and ethical and health professional organizations] that investigation should be undertaken into incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex people without informed consent and that legal provisions should be adopted in order to provide remedies and redress to the victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation (91, 264)." (p. 27)

After the ground-breaking 2014 WHO Interagency Statement, this new report underlines that recognition of the serious human rights violations perpertrated daily on intersex people allover the "developed world" by leading human rights bodies is here to stay! What's more, virtually all previous imortant human rights and ethics statements and reports are referenced, including the 2011 CAT Concl. Obs., the 2012 Swiss National Advisory Commission on
Biomedical Ethics (NEK-CNE) Opinion
, and the 2013 Special Rapporteur on Torture Report.

(That the ground-breaking 2015 CRC Concl. Obs. classifying IGM as a "Harmful Practice" is missing is arguably due to deadline reasons.)

May all doctors who nonetheless still continue to perform harmful IGM Practices on defenceless children soon feel the full force of the law!

Friday 12 June 2015

VIDEO: Intersex "Protest against 'Genital Mutilation'" - AVS TV Belgium

TV boss saw our rally from car on way to work – >>> Belgian station AVS reports on the Intersex Protests (machine translation):

"In Ghent this week a symposium on "disorders of sex development." At 1 in 4,000 children born in Belgium, doctors can not really tell whether it is a boy or a girl. Sometimes these children are then operated on. According to an international activist group it comes to genital mutilation." Thanks!

>>> Intersex Protests + Info: Belgium, June 7-13 • Germany June 21-24

VIDEO Action vs. 'I-D$D' Genital Mutilators!
4th I-D$D Symposium, Glasgow 2013
Thanks to Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain)

>>> on Vimeo

VIDEO Action vs. 'ISHID' Live Mutilators!
IV ISHID World Congress, London 2011
Thanks to Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain)
>>> on Youtube

Wednesday 10 June 2015

"Doctors Told My Family To Hide The Truth" - Intersex Protest #2 vs. 'D$Dnet' in Belgium, Pt. 1 feat. Pidgeon Pagonis

>>> 8 Intersex Protests + Info vs. 'D$Dnet' + 'I-D$D', Belgium 07.-13.06.2015 

Intersex Protest #2: '1st DSDnet Training School' @ Ghent University 'Het Pand', 08.06.2015

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Also on day #2 of the '1st D$Dnet Training School' advocating IGM practices, the participants were greeted by an (admittedly small) nonviolent intersex protest, brandishing the 2nd and 3rd of a series of new placards featuring IGM survivors speaking out!

Placard no. 2 (see picture above) features US intersex activist and IGM survivor, AIC's Pidgeon Pagonis (facebook) in a still taken from a recent feature on Al Jazeera USA (youtube):

Kudos to Pidgeon for summarising eloquently the lies surrounding today's arguably 3rd most frequent form of Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM 3 – Castration / “Gonadectomy” / Hysterectomy / (Secondary) Sterilisation), which despite warnings by various human rights bodies is still regularly practiced on defenceless children  [WARNING!!!].

Many thanks for allowing us to feature this cool statement when confronting IGM doctors via nonviolent protests!

Since the reporting of the makers of the Aljazzera video has been rightfully criticised as a bit dodgy, here are some additional sources where Pidgeon says it as it is in their own words:

While again many participants of the 'Training School' reacted positively to the action, once more it didn't take too long for an undisclosed representative of the Ghent University to think they could stop the protest ...

To be continued

>>> Photo Report: Protest #1 'D$Dnet Training School' @ Ghent Uni Congress Centre, 8.6.
>>> 8 Intersex Protests + Info vs. 'D$Dnet' + 'I-D$D', Belgium 07.-13.06.2015

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

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 2015 UN-CRC Briefing
• IGM: A Survivor's Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy?  • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights  • Conclusion: IGM as a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Tuesday 9 June 2015

Intersex Protests + Info: 'D$Dnet' + 'I-D$D 2015' - Belgium, June 7-13

Photo Report: Protest #1 vs. 'D$Dnet Training School' – feat. Tiger Devore
Protest #2, Part 1 – feat. Pidgeon Pagonis
Protest #2, Part 2 – feat. Daniela "Nella" Truffer   
Protest #4 vs. 'I-D$D' – Daniela Truffer + Kris Günther interviewed by local TV
Protest #4 – AVS TV Report Now Online  

Photo: Peaceful Vigil #2 vs. "4th I-D$D Symposium" Intersex Genital Mutilators, Glasgow 07.06.2013

INFO EVENING: Brussels, Sun 7th 6 p.m. @ Rainbowhouse
9 PEACEFUL VIGILS + OPEN LETTERS: Ghent, Mon 8th - Sat 13th

@ Het Pand + New Zebra + Ghent University + Ghent University Hospital (see below)

7 PEACEFUL VIGILS + INFO: FFM (Germany) Sun 21st – Wed 24th  >>> All Dates

STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIntersex Genital Mutilations (IGMs), i.e. non-consensual, medically unnecessary, irreversible, cosmetic genital surgeries, and other invasive 'therapies' on children with variations of sex anatomy, have been perpetrated systematically since 1950 all over the 'developed' world.

IGM Practices include clitoris amputation/'reduction', castration, 'masculinising genitoplasty', forced vaginal dilatation, imposition of hormones, human experimentation, forced excessive genital exams, photography, and medical display.

Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation!IGM Practices cause lifelong serious physical and psychological suffering and trauma, including loss or impairment of sexual sensation, painful scarring, impairment or loss of reproductive capabilities, lifelong dependency of artificial hormones, significantly elevated rates of self-harming behaviour and suicidal tendencies, and lifelong mental suffering and trauma.

For 22 years now, survivors as well as human rights and ethics bodies have denounced IGMs as fundamental human rights violations, and called for legislation to end them.

IGMs @ 'D$Dnet School', '5th I-D$D', and Ghent University + Clinic:

'D$Dnet' is the latest multi-million-Euros perpetrators "research" project without adaequate involvement of intersex persons and their organisations, and openly advocates “multiple surgical interventions [...] for genital reconstruction to a male or female appearance. The gonads are often removed to avoid [alleged] malignant development.” Accordingly, topics at the '1st D$Dnet Training School' include the whole range of IGM pactices, e.g. “Vaginoplasty, Dilation, Urosurgery (male)”, and the 'D$Dnet School' takes place at Ghent University's 'Het Pand' Congress Center.

While the '5th I-D$D Symposium 2015' has to be commended for once more facilitating participation of intersex people in a “parallel session”, and for the very first time to also include a guest lecture on human rights, it still gives a platform to notorious persistent perpetrators, including IGM paediatric endocrinologists, e.g. Olaf Hiort (Lübeck, Germany), Ieuan Hughes (Cambridge, UK), and Christa Flück (Bern, Switzerland), and leading specialised IGM paediatric surgeons, e.g. Alexander Springer (Vienna, Austria), Joao Pippi Salle (Doha, Qatar / Toronto, Canada), and Piet Hoebeke (Ghent, Belgium).

The Ghent University and its Clinic and their IGM specialists are involved in both the 'D$Dnet' and the 'I-DSD' events, and continue to advocate and perpetrate IGM practices – despite the acknowledged fact, that e.g. in medically unnecessary "hypospadias repair" surgeries, often dangerous complications are frequent and inevitable. Typically, the University Clinic's "Multidisciplinary D$D Team" is lead by a paediatric enocrinologist, and paediatric urology surgeons make up the most prominent and biggest discipline represented. Only last year the Ghent University + Clinic hosted an infamous Genital 'Live Surgery' Event.

Help reminding the perpetrators that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!

• INFO EVENING Brussels:
Sun 07.06.2015 18:00 @ Rainbowhouse

Rue Marché au Charbon, 42, 1000 Brussels
"Intersex Genital Mutilations – and the Struggle to End Them" 
Daniela Truffer and Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org)
Presentation followed by Q&A / Discussion
In cooperation with Genres Pluriels

• 8 PEACEFUL VIGILS + OPEN LETTERS: Ghent, Mon 8th - Sat 13th
    "STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations!"

'1st DSDnet Training School'

Monday 08.06.2015: Het Pand
#1: 12:30-17:30   Het Pand, Onderbergen 1 (near entrance)

Tuesday 09.06.2015: Het Pand + Ghent University
#2: 08:30-11:00   Het Pand, Onderbergen 1 (near entrance)
CANCELLED: [#3: 11:30-15:00   Ghent University (near main entrance)]

Wednesday 10.06.2015: Het Pand
#4: 08:30-13:30   Het Pand, Onderbergen 1 (near entrance)

'5th I-DSD Symposium'

Thursday 11.06.2015: New Zebra
#5: 08:30-18:00   New Zebra, Zebrastraat 32 (near entrance conference)

Friday 12.06.2015: New Zebra + Ghent University + University Hospital
#6: 08:30-09:30   New Zebra, Zebrastraat 32 (near entrance conference)
#7: 10:00-14:00   Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33 (near main entrance)
#8: 15:00-18:00   Ghent University Hospital, Corneel Heymanslaan (near main entrance)

Saturday 13.06.2015: New Zebra
#9: 08:30-14:00 New Zebra, Zebrastraat 32 (near entrance conference)

Photo Report: Protest #1 vs. 'D$Dnet Training School' – feat. Tiger Devore
Protest #2, Part 1 – feat. Pidgeon Pagonis
Protest #2, Part 2 – feat. Daniela "Nella" Truffer   
Protest #4 vs. 'I-D$D' – Daniela Truffer + Kris Günther interviewed by local TV
Protest #4 – AVS TV Report Now Online  

>>> Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium 2013' (PDF)
>>> Picture Report: Protests vs. '4th I-DSD Symposium', Glasgow June 7-9 2013
>>> VIDEO of the 'I-DSD' Protests in Glasgow | Excerpt Featured on ABC Nightline
>>> 'I-DSD': 'Cruel and inhuman' surgeries - Press Release 07.06.2013 

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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

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 2015 UN-CRC Briefing
• IGM: A Survivor's Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy?  • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights  • Conclusion: IGM as a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Monday 8 June 2015

1st Intersex Protest vs. 'D$Dnet' in Belgium highlights often neglected, most common form of IGM practices – feat. Tiger Devore

Protest #1: '1st DSDnet Training School' @ Ghent University 'Het Pand', 08.06.2015

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VIDEO 2 'Unnecessary & harmful' - IGM Type 1: 'Hypospadias Repair' - Tiger Devore
VIDEO 1 Tiger Devore talks IGM Type 1: 'Clitoral Cutting vs. Hypospadias Repair'

Just in time before the start of the '1st DSDnet Training School', also the first of in total 8 intersex protests this week in Ghent (Belgium) kicked off, reminding the seasoned as well as aspiring doctors flown in from allover that IGM practices are a serious human rights violation. Organised by the multimillion Euros multinational "science research project" 'D$Dnet' and hosted by the University of Ghent in their "prestigious congress centre" 'Het Pand' for 30 "DSD researchers", the programme of the '1st DSDnet Training School' includes the whole range of IGM pactices, e.g. “Vaginoplasty, Dilation, Urosurgery (male) [a.k.a. 'Hypospadias Repair']”. 

"Hypospadias Repair" was also highlighted by the the 1st protest (see picture of placard above). Although often neglected (and denied by doctors), "hypospadias repair" is currently the most common form of IGM practices, leading to sometimes dozens of "redo surgeries" and frequent and often dangerous complications [WARNING!!] constituting actual serious medical health problems where none where before.

Tiger Devore was one of the first survivors of IGM practices at all to speak out in public, and an excerpt (taken from our "STOP IGM Primer" (PDF)) of Tiger's moving personal testimony "Growning up in the surgical maelstrom" was recently quoted in a report "Human Rights and Intersex People" published the Commissioner on Human Rights of the Council of Europe (COE).

StopIGM.org is honoured that Tiger allowed us to use his quote and picture to highlight the ongoing hypospadias mutilations for the first of a series of new placards featuring IGM survivors speaking out!

As at virtully any intersex protest, there were also good reactions by and conversations with participating doctors, although most just silently cringe at the presence of nonviolent dissent, with some resorting to openly hostile scoffs and sneers. In addition, also good conversations took place with passers-by, including an urologist in training and a staff member of a nearby sociology institute.

Nonetheless, as also customary at some (though not all) institutions, the Ghent University just couldn't resist to do its worst to remove today's (admittedly very small) peaceful protest, first by intimidating behaviour by a representantve (who wouldn't reveal his name or function), repeatedly insisting the protest would have to "move away", an opinion soon after reiterated by an official University security body builder arriving by car – alas, in vain: As he, after a phone call, eventually had to admit himself, peaceful protests on public ground are lawful – even in front of an intersex genital mutlator's trainig school hosted by the Ghent University's "prestigious Congress Centre" 'Het Pand'. :-)

Intersex protests will continue in Ghent all weeksupport welcome!

VIDEO 2 'Unnecessary & harmful' - IGM Type 1: 'Hypospadias Repair' - Tiger Devore
VIDEO 1 Tiger Devore talks IGM Type 1: 'Clitoral Cutting vs. Hypospadias Repair'
Open Letter of Concern to '6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop' and affiliated Clinics

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

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 2015 UN-CRC Briefing
• IGM: A Survivor's Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy?  • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights  • Conclusion: IGM as a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Intersex Protests vs. 'I-D$D' in the News on AVS TV from 18:00 Today and Online Tomorrow

Intersex Protest #4: '5th I-DSD' @ New Zebra, 11.06.2015

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Update: Preview online! Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) and Kris Günther (Genres Pluriels) were interviewed by Ghent TV station AVS earlier today on occasion of the peaceful intersex protests against IGM doctors taking part in the '5th I-D$D Symposium 2015' who advocate and perpetrate Intersex Genital Mutilations, e.g. paediatric surgeon Prof. Piet Hobeke of the Ghent University + Clinic. The report will be aired on AVS Nieuws from Today 18:00h, and online on AVS Nieuws from tomorrow noon. Enjoy :-)

Intersex Protest #4: '5th I-DSD' @ New Zebra, 11.06.2015

>>> 8 Intersex Protests + Info vs. 'D$Dnet' + 'I-D$D', Belgium 07.-13.06.2015 
>>>
Photo Report: Protest #1 'D$Dnet Training School' @ Ghent Uni Congress Centre, 8.6. 
>>>
Intersex Protest #2 vs. 'D$Dnet' in Belgium, Pt. 1 feat. Pidgeon Pagonis 

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

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 2015 UN-CRC Briefing
• IGM: A Survivor's Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy?  • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights  • Conclusion: IGM as a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Monday 25 May 2015

Video "Intersexion" (2011): Survivors speak out

[ >>> watch on vimeo ]

NEW: Lowrez 68 minutes version resurfaced on vimeo! The video will probably be taken down again soon, so enjoy while it lasts.

44 min. Video: Intersex Activist Mani Bruce Mitchell (NZ) interviews fellow survivors around the globe, a.o. Bo Laurent a.k.a. Cheryl Chase (USA), Sally Gross (ZA), Michel Reiter (D), Peter Trinkl (USA), Tiger Howard Devore (USA), David Cameron (USA), Suegee Tamar-Mattis (USA), Gina Wilson (AU), Esther Leidolf Morris (USA), Gavan Coleman (IR), Hida Viloria (USA), Caitlin Petrakis Childs (USA), Jen Pagonis (USA), Lynnell Stephani Long (USA), Dani Lee Harris (USA). TV-documentary by Grant Lahood (NZ).

>>> "Intersexion" Homepage      >>> Buy DVD NZ$45.00 + PP 

Monday 18 May 2015

Small Luk is an intersex activist in Hongkong

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook... and fights for a prohibition of unnecessary genital surgeries on intersex children, and that intersex people are not mixed up with transsexuals in the media. Thank you Small Luk for fighting for intersex human rights!

Friday 15 May 2015

IDAHOT* 2015: Let's Talk About Intersex Appropriation ...

Photo: Intersex Protest #1 vs. '4th I-D$D Medical Symposium', Glasgow 07.06.2013

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook First the good news: In Germany, after the community in Leipzig already in 2013 started with truly including Intersex by introducing the clever new acronym IDAHIT* as well as adding thematic events doing justice to intersex persons and their struggles, and last but not least by officially adopting the demand for outlawing the still ongoing harmful practice of Intersex Genital Mutilations, in 2014 Halle (Saale) and in 2015 Jena followed suit. Thanks!! Good news also from the Council of Europe (COE) – see below (bottom).

Nonetheless, also in 2015 in many places intersex people are still only seemingly "included" – or even shamelessly appropriated by third party groups! In such cases, Intersex is often "sold" as primarily being an issue of (gender) identity, birth certificates and discrimination, while a the same time Intersex Genital Mutilations, the harm caused, and adequate measures to end them a.s.a.p. are omitted, suppressed, downplayed, belittled, put on the back burner and/or swept under the carpet.

A particularly typical case: The "Focus paper 'The fundamental rights situation of intersex people'" of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA),
>>> Focus paper (PDF)     >>> Press Release FRA 
which was presented at the "IDAHO-Forum 2015" in Montenegro:

  • The only practical legislative proposition therein is – you get 3 guesses – to adapt sex registration laws, i.e. "Gender markers in identity documents and birth registries should therefore be reviewed to [allegedly] better protect intersex people."
  • In contrast, not mentioned at all are the serious and lifelong harm and impairments resulting from IGM practices – and instead of practical and effectice demands to end IGM (like proposed by intersex persons and their organisations, and seconded e.g. by CAT, NEK-CNE, CRC, WHO, UNICEF), once more there is only non-binding, mutilator-friendly wish-wash.

Whose interests and priorities this alleged "Intersex focus paper" (for which intersex persons and their organisations obviously were consulted only in form and not in substance) really represents, is also emphasised by a comparison of which key words appear in it how often (and which ones were omitted):

gender: 42
certificate/certification/registration: 33
discrimination/discriminated/discriminatory: 30
identity: 28
orientation: 9

vs.

surgery: 14
integrity: 8
[intersex] mutilation: 2

harm [done by IGM]: 0
sexual sensitivity/sensation: 0
trauma: 0

redress: 0
statutes of limitation: 0
data collection: 0
monitoring: 0

Bottom line: Intersex Appropriation – Bingo! Once more, survivors of IGM (and intersex children at risk of being submitted to IGM practices) are abused at the "IDAHO Forum 2015" to pursue third party, (gender) identity and civil status politics at their cost – while at the same time, intersex children keep getting mutilated daily – for how much longer?! Yuck!! If those appropriators had their own genitals forcibly cut for a change – their priorities would change pretty fast and thoroughly – wanna bet?!

On the other hand, how such a study can be done well, demonstrates the "Issue Paper 'Human rights and intersex people'" >>> Issue paper PDF  >>> COE Press release, published by the Commissioner on Human Rights of the Council of Europe (COE), authored by Silvan Agius, and presented at the same "IDAHO-Forum 2015". Not only does this paper include virtually all the above missing key words (sole exceptions: "statutes of limitation" and "monitoring"), but generally talks straight, also on IGM practices. Thanks!! (Further deficits of the COE issue paper are how John Money is once more counterfactually portrayed as the "inventor" of IGM practices, while in fact this "honour" belongs to Lawson Wilkins, and, most egregious, how regarding the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), of all things the crucial art. 24 para. 3 ("Harmful practices") went missing, despite having been highlighted also by the Committee in their ground-breaking 2015 recommendations on IGM – pity!)

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

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 2015 UN-CRC Briefing
• IGM: A Survivor's Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy?  • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights  • Conclusion: IGM as a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Monday 4 May 2015

Markus Bauer @ Genital Autonomy 2015: "IGM considered a ‘Harmful Practice’ by UN – Intersex Social Movement Strategies in Action"

Markus on ABC Nightline, filmed during the "I-D$D 2013" Protests  >>> Full "I-D$D" Video

Markus Bauer (Zwischengeschlecht.org/StopIGM.org) is an invited speaker at "Genital Autonomy 2015" in Frankfurt a.M. (Germany), May 6-9. Together with fellow activist Simon Zobel, Markus will represent intersex issues at GA 2015.
Following the annual demonstration in Cologne on the 7th of May to support genital autonomy for all children, there will be a two-day conference in Frankfurt on 8th and 9th May exploring some legal and medical issues relating to the genital cutting of children.
"Genital Autonomy" was established in 1989 as an originally bi-annual international symposium on children’s rights promoting interdisciplinary dialogue about genital cutting practices of male, female, and intersex children. At last year's symposium in Boulder (Colorado) (abstracts, PDF), Markus presented together with fellow activist Hida Viloria (OII). In 2012 (abstracts, PDF), speakers on intersex were Julius Kaggwa (SIPD, Uganda) and Mika Venhola (youtube-interview), and the symposium issued the 2012 "Helsinki Declaration of the Right to Genital Autonomy".

Abstract: 2015: Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM) Considered a ‘Harmful Practice’ by UN –– Intersex Social Movement Strategies in Action

In February 2015, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) considered Intersex Genital Mutilations a “Harmful Practice” – a powerful concept calling not only for legislation aimed at eliminating harmful practices, but also stressing implementation, monitoring, enforcement, and remedies. I’ll discuss this and other recent achievements in the context of the ongoing 20-year-struggle of intersex activists to end IGM, employing social movement strategies including coordinated use of nonviolent action, human rights mechanisms, and lawsuits against perpetrators.

Markus Bauer is the co-founder and campaign organiser of the international human rights NGO Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org, and legally responsible for their online presence. He is the partner of an intersex person, and a decade-long writer, editor, performing artist, political activist, and social organiser. Since 2007, he facilitated countless nonviolent intersex protests in front of mutilators’ clinics and medical congresses, as well as parliamentary motions, submissions and testimonies for ethics and human rights bodies. He has spoken and published internationally on IGM at universities and symposia, and appeared on radio and television, and in newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal. Zurich, Switzerland.

VIDEO Action vs. 'I-D$D' Genital Mutilators!
4th I-D$D Symposium, Glasgow 2013
Thanks to Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain)

>>> on Vimeo

VIDEO Action vs. 'ISHID' Live Mutilators!
IV ISHID World Congress, London 2012
Thanks to Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain)
>>> on Youtube

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
Documents 17 Forms of IGMs and Nazi-Crimes a.o. in CH, D, A
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents

Sunday 19 April 2015

UN-CRPD Criticises Intersex Genital Mutilations, Calls for Legal Provisions to Provide Redress to Survivors

Ana Peláez Narváez asks Germany questions on IGM and castrations, Geneva 26.03.2015

'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation!' - UNHRC Geneva 20.10.2012

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookHip, hip! On occasion of their 13th session, the UN-Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) published Concluding Recommendations on Intersex for the 1st time ever, explicitly criticising Germany for allowing IGM Practices to continue unhindered (>>> DOC --> p. 6–7, paras 37-38), after having questioned the state delegation on this topic in Geneva earlier (see below).

This success is the result of German Intersex Groups and allies participating in the UN human rights mechanism of the initial review of Germany under the Convention on the Rights of People With Disabilities (CRPD):

  • Intersexuelle Menschen e.V. participating in the 2013 Collective NGO Report facilitated by CRPD Alliance (>>> PDF --> p. 36–37),
  • plus a  2014 NHRI Report by the German Institute for Human Rights, a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) and the official German CRPD Monitoring Body (>>> PDF --> p. 6),

leading to the Committee asking Germany questions on Intersex and IGM Practices in their 2014 List of Issues (LoI) (>>> as reported on this blog), as well as to (evasive) answers by the German Gov (>>> same report --> Update).

Germany's clearly less than satisfactory answers were then criticised again by NGOs and the NHRI for the session

  • in a 34-page 2015 Thematic Intersex NGO Report by Zwischengeschlecht.org/StopIGM.org (>>> PDF | HTML | DOC | DOCX),
  • in a 2015 Collective NGO Follow-Up Report facilitated by CRPD Alliance, again with participation of Intersexuelle Menschen e.V. (>>> DOC --> p. 10–11),
  • and in a 2015 NHRI Follow-Up Report by the German Institute for Human Rights (>>> PDF --> p. 15).

In addition, there was a Intersex Side Event in Geneva prior to the session, with participation of Zwischengeschlecht.org/Stop IGM.org, OII Germany and OII Australia, co-facilitated by GATE. Zwischengeschlecht.org and OII Germany also contributed short statements during the NGO briefing on Germany just before the session, with Daniela Truffer (Zwischengeschlecht.org) once more being the only survivor of IGM giving firsthand testimony on the consequences of IGM practices, as well as providing practical, referenced examples of past and present examples of IGM and other gross human rights violations of intersex people in Germany.

Diane Kinston mentions intersex in her opening statement on Germany, Geneva 26.03.2015

During the 13th CRPD Session, on 26 March 2015, intersex was mentioned by CRPD Country Rapporteur for Germany Diane Kingston in her introduction; and CRPD member Ana Peláez Narváez asked the German State Party explicit questions regarding genital mutilations and castrations of intersex children, also referring to the review of Germany under CEDAW during their 43th session in 2009 (the first time ever that intersex NGOs particpated in a human rights mechanism, and also the very first time a UN Committee criticised a country regarding human rights violations of intersex people in Concluding Observations).

In their reply, the State Party once again longwindedly claimed everything would be different now, and in fact intersex people would rather the committee would't get active, and therefore legislation wouldn't be necessary, preferring an "individualised" medical approach (as called for by IGM doctors, too). As per usual, videos of the whole session are available online via treatybodywebcast.org >>> english audio + sign language | german audio + video of speakers.

Fortunately, the Committee didn't allow the state party to pull the wool over their eyes. Instead, in their Concluding Observations (>>> DOC --> p. 6–7, paras 37-38), for the first time CRPD explicitly criticised IGM Practices as well as the lack of legal provisions for access to redress for survivors, referring to the UN Committee against Torture (CAT)'s 2011 recommendations for Germany.

As reported on this blog, the binding 2011 CAT recommendations for Germany (CAT/C/DEU/CO/5 >>> PDF, p. 6–7, para 20) referred to by CRPD include a call for the state party to:

"Undertake investigation of incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of  intersex people without effective consent and adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation".

The following are the binding 2015 recommendations for Germany regarding intersex by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
(CRPD/C/DEU/CO/1 >>> DOC --> p. 6–7, paras 37-38)

Protecting the integrity of the person (art. 17)

37. The Committee is concerned about: [...] c) the lack of implementation of the 2011 recommendations CAT/C/DEU/CO/5, para. 20, regarding upholding bodily integrity of intersex children.

38. The Committee recommends that the State party take the necessary measures, including of a legislative nature to: 

[...]

(d) Implement all the recommendations of CAT/C/DEU/CO/5, para. 20 relevant to intersex children.

On behalf of our German constituency and supporters, Zwischengeschlecht.org/StopIGM.org warmly thanks the Committe for these recommendations! While many had hoped for additional recommendations also on the topic of lack of data collection and monitoring, especially considering the German gov's long history of empty promisies and ongoing refusal to do so, as well as on the current denial of needed healt care for persons with CAH with salt loss, these recommendation is an important first step and will greatly help increasing the pressure on German perpetrators of IGM practices and IGM-friendly politicians.

'Human Rights For Hermaphrodites, Too!' - 2015 CRPD NGO Report

Intersex Genital Mutilations: 2015 CRPD NGO Report
Documents ongoing Human Rights Violations in Germany under CRPD
 What is Intersex? • How Common are IGM-Practices?
 No Law to Prevent IGM  No Data Collection & Statistics
 No Access to Justice & Redress  Denial of Needed Health Care
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)    >>> HTML    >>> DOC | DOCX

Wednesday 11 March 2015

Intersex Genital Mutilations: 2015 CRPD Intersex NGO Report online

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookThe UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilites (CRPD) will examine Germany March 26-27 in Geneva – and IGM practices will be in the focus!

The thematic NGO report by Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org sheds light on the decade-long refusal of the German Government to protect intersex children and adults from IGM practices, to collect data and statistics on related human rights violations, to ensure access to justice and redress for survivors, and to ensure availability of appropriate medication for intersex adults with the salt-losing form of CAH. Version 2.0 PDF with improved accessability.

>>> Download as PDF    >>> HTML     >>> DOC     >>> DOCX

Sunday 8 March 2015

"Compounding the Harm of IGM" - Ellen Feder says it as it is

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation!>>> Excellent post by Ellen Feder on the typical (non-)reaction of the IGM surgeon Terry Hensle when confronted by survivor Saifa Wall in a ground-breaking segment of "Nightline", laying bare the continuation of abuse due to the ongoing lack of willlingness of  the perpetrators to engage in reconciliation: 

[I]n refusing to recognize his responsibility to repair the harm he has caused, Hensle commits another harm. As Margaret Walker has argued in her book, Moral Repair, to turn away from the task of repair, “is not only not to do something, it is to do wrong once again”:

Failures to repair wrongs are additional wrongs that create additional obligations to repair the failures. Where wrongs persist unrepaired repeatedly, in an extended series of refusals or failures to repair, the lack of reparative effort on the part of those responsible for repair accrues layers of disregard, indifference, disrespect, contempt, belittlement, or intended careless humiliation.

Thanks, Ellen Feder and Saifa Wall!

Friday 27 February 2015

Nuremberg: "Intersex person sues clinic for unncessary surgery" - The Local, 27.02.2015

Michaela "Micha" Raab in front of Nuremberg court with solidarity rally, 26.02.2015 (dpa/FAZ)
Placards (left to right): "We demand: Comprehensive information against manipulation!" (Katrin Ann Kunze †
during 1st ever intersex lawsuit, Cologne 12.12.2007); "STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation" (Heidi Walcutt †
during intersex rally, NYC 1997); "No reckoning, no reconciliation."

Intersex person Michaela Raab is suing doctors [and the Erlangen University Clinic] in a Nuremberg court, who she said operated on her genitals and put her through female hormone therapy without having told her she was genetically a man.

In 1995, Raab consulted doctors at the University Hospital Erlangen in Southern Germany, wondering why she had never had her period or had her breasts grow by the age of 20.

Doctors put her on female hormone therapy, and she went through an operation to reduce what they told her was an oversized clitoris.

Years later, Raab would discover she had XY chromosomes – making her genetically male - and that her doctors had never let her know.

She said if she had known, she may have decided against the doctors' treatment strategy.

>>> Read full article at TheLocal.de 
>>> Nuremberg, 26.02.2015: Peaceful Intersex Solidarity Rally for Michaela "Micha" Raab

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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