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Friday 18 November 2016

“Harmful Practice”: Both Switzerland and the Netherlands reprimanded by UN-CEDAW for Intersex Genital Mutilations!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookDuring its 65th Session the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) examined Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM) in Switzerland and in the Netherlands.

Today the Committee issued stern reprimands to both countries, explicitly recognising “harmful practices, including female genital mutilation (FGM), intersex mutilation (IGM), child marriage and forced marriage”:

>>> Switzerland: CEDAW/C/CHE/CO/4-5, on intersex: paras 24-25, 38-39 (PDF)
>>> Netherlands:
CEDAW/C/NLD/CO/6, on intersex: paras 21-22, 23-24 (PDF)

StopIGM.org warmly welcomes these clear verdicts, marking
  • 20 UN reprimands for IGM practices so far
  •
already the 3rd reprimand for Switzerland
  •
the 1st reprimand for the Netherlands
  •
now 3 reprimands by CEDAW
  •
the 1st time that CEDAW reprimanded more than one state in one session
  •
now 14 countries reprimanded in Europe, South America, Asia, Oceania and Africa.

We particularly appreciate the Committee specifically obliging Switzerland to “adopt legislation” in order to
  • eliminate the practice

  ensure access to redress for survivors, and
  “provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support”,
as well as to
  “educate and train medical professionals on the harmful impact” of IGM,
referring to both the CEDAW-CRC Joint General Recommendation 18/31 “on harmful practices” and the recommendations by the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK-CNE) (both underlining the need for legal revision including liability, criminal law and statutes of limitation).

THANK YOU to everybody who made this possible!

The binding CEDAW65 intersex recommendations in full + session transcripts + NGO reports:

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM in Switzerland: 2016 CEDAW NGO Report
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Switzerland  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (288 kb)

>>> CEDAW65: Switzerland questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilatons
>>> UN Press Release Highlights Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland

CEDAW65: Binding Intersex Recommendations for Switzerland:

>>> CEDAW/C/CHE/CO/4-5 (PDF) --> paras 24-25, 38-39

“Harmful practices

24.  The Committee welcomes the adoption of legislative and other measures to combat harmful practices, including female genital mutilation (FGM), intersex mutilation (IGM), child marriage and forced marriage. However, the Committee is concerned about:

[...]

(c)  Insufficient support for intersex persons, who have undergone involuntary and medically unnecessary disfiguring surgical procedures when they were babies and children, often with irreversible consequences, resulting in significant physical and psychological suffering;

(d)  The pressure placed on parents of intersex children by medical professionals, the media and society at large, often forces them to give their consent for so called “medical procedures” justified by psychosocial indications; intersex children and adults are often unaware of the procedures they have been subjected to while access to legal remedies for intersex persons affected by unnecessary medical procedures is extremely limited with the statute of limitations often expiring by the time intersex children reach adulthood; and

(e)  Lack of integration of intersex persons and their families in interdisciplinary working groups and failure to consult with those directly affected by these procedures in decisions that affect their lives.

25.  In light of the joint recommendation/general comment No. 31 of the Committee and No. 18 of the Committee of the Rights of the Child on harmful practices (2014), the Committee recommends that the State party:

[...]

(c)  Ensure that, in line with recommendations from the Swiss Ethics Commission, that no child is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood; adopt legislation to protect the bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination of intersex persons and provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support;

(d)  Adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to intersex persons affected by cases of surgical or other medical treatment without free, prior and informed consent by the intersex person or his/her parents under the guidance of the court; and

(e)  Educate and train medical professionals on the harmful impact of unnecessary surgical or other medical interventions for intersex children, and ensure that the views of intersex persons are fully considered by the interdisciplinary working groups established to review these procedures.
     

“Health

38.  The Committee welcomes measures adopted by the State party to address disparities in accessing health services between cantons, and in particular, between Swiss nationals and migrants. However, the Committee remains concerned about:

[...] (c)  Disparities in the availability of cantonal support services and the lack of inclusion of lesbian, bisexual and intersex persons in health surveys and registers; [...]

39.  In line with its general recommendation No. 24 (1999) on women and health, the Committee recommends that the State party:

[...] (c) Include reference to, and documentation on, LBTI persons in national health surveys and registers; [...]”
   

IGM in the Netherlands: 2016 CEDAW NGO Report
“Violence against and ill-treatment of intersex children” (paras 34-38)
“Remedies for violations of the rights of intersex persons” (paras 39-41)
>>> Download as PDF (530 kb)

>>> CEDAW65: The Netherlands questioned over IGM

CEDAW65: Binding Intersex Recommendations for the Netherlands:

>>> CEDAW/C/NLD/CO/6 (PDF) --> paras 21-22, 23-24

“Stereotypes and harmful practices

21.  The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and crimes in the name of so-called honour, as well as the adoption of the Forced Marriages (Countermeasures) Act, which entered into force in December 2015. The Committee is, however, concerned that: 

[...]

(e)  Medically irreversible sex-assignment surgery and other treatments are performed on intersex children.

22.  The Committee recommends that the State party: 

[...]

(f)  Develop and implement a rights-based health-care protocol for intersex children which ensures that children and their parents are properly informed of all options and that children are, to the greatest extent possible, involved in decision-making about medical interventions and that their choices are fully respected.
     

“Gender-based violence against women

23.  The Committee commends the State party on its efforts to address gender-based violence against women such as the adoption of the Social Support Act (2015) which broadened the concept of social support to include safety in the domestic setting and the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) in 2015. However, the Committee remains concerned at:

[...] (f) Reports of hate crimes against lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex women.

24.  In line with its general recommendation No. 19 (1992) on violence against women, the Committee recommends that the State party:

[...] (f)  Intensify efforts to combat hate crimes against lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex women.”    
  

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 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

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) 

CEDAW65 > The Netherlands questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations – Gov promises "discussions" - Reprimands expected today

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAt the 65th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), in addition to Switzerland, on Thursday 10 November also the Netherlands were questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations (>>> archived podcast of the entire session) – thanks to an >>> NGO report co-authored by The Netherlands Network Intersex/DSD Foundation (NNID).
We are expecting stern reprimands for IGM practices for both NL + CH, due TODAY 18 Nov on the CEDAW65 Homepage.

Read below the Unofficial Transcript of the Netherland's Intersex Q&A courtesy of Miriam van der Have (NNID):

Session 1: 10-13h

Oby Nwankwo (CEDAW) (@41:40):

"It is reported that the right to determine one's gender is not fully respected in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and this amounts to discrimination in law practice and policies. Intersex persons still need judicial approval, and transgender persons need an experts-letter from a doctor to get access to legal gender recognition. Intersex newborns in the Netherlands are still routinely submitted to medically unnecessary and irreversible surgeries and other normalizing treatments without the free and informed consent. The UN Rapporteur on Health and on Torture both recommends States [to] end these practices.

Are there any plans in [...] place, to guarantee access to legal gender recognition for both intersex and transgender children and adults? Is there a new plan to implement mechanisms to protect intersex children against experimental medical treatments without their free and informed consent? And finally, are you planning to optimize law policy and practice to lower hate crime rates, and to ensure that human rights violations against them are investigated, and alleged perpetrators are prosecuted?"

Minister Jet Bussemaker (Head of the Netherlands' Delegation, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) (@58 min):

"... and then the question of Mrs. Nwankwo about the position on women and health, and child and adult [...] unnecessary surgery, and good access to health. Since July 2014 changing one's gender on the birth certificate has become an administrative act for which medical interventions are no longer needed. If, however, trans people wish to undergo surgery, so as to have their bodies resemble their perceived gender, they have that option. In all cases, free and fully informed consent is required. As for intersex people, on November 14th, an expert meeting organized by the ministry for public health, welfare and sport, is set to take place, where medical professions, interest groups, and policy makers will discuss this issue. So, in a very short term, next week, we will have an expert meeting to discuss the problems and the challenges relating to intersex people. The government will be happy to report about the progress being made at a later stage, after this meeting has taken place.

Then the question about how we prevent violence against ill-treatment of intersex children or intersex persons. The government has received signals that there are several issues concerning ill-treatment and violation of [the] rights of intersex persons - unfortunately. To discuss these issues, the government has organized this meeting I already mentioned, and this is ... let me add that this meeting is also ... I see it as a start of a process to gather more information on this issue, to determine what could be the best healthcare for intersex persons and to determine what the relevant stakeholders and the government can do - and as already said, we are happy to inform you later about the results."

IGM = Violence, Torture and a Harmful Practice – NOT "Controversy or "Debate"! This blog hopes more details on actual outcomes of the mentioned "discussion" to emerge soon – and expects both the Netherlands and Switzerland to be sternly reprimanded for IGM practices later today!

IGM Practices in the Netherlands: 2016 CEDAW Report
“Violence against and ill-treatment of intersex children” (paras 34-38)
“Remedies for violations of the rights of intersex persons” (paras 39-41)
>>> Download as PDF (530 kb)

>>> CEDAW65: Switzerland questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilatons
>>> UN Press Release Highlights Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Switzerland: 2016 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Switzerland  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (288 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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 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

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) 

Thursday 17 November 2016

CEDAW65 > NGO Briefing and Committee Questions on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAt the 65th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), before Switzerland was questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations, NGOs had the possibility to brief CEDAW, and Committee experts to ask questions (>>> archived podcast of the entire briefing).

Read below the 2-minutes oral statement (PDF) by Daniela Truffer on behalf of StopIGM.org, and the ensuing Q&A:

Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) (@ 22 min):

“Thank you, Madame Chair.

I was born 1965 in Switzerland, with so called “ambiguous” genitalia. The doctors couldn‘t tell if I was a girl or a boy.

First they cut me open between my legs to see if they find a vagina.

At two months they opened my abdomen and found healthy testes, which they threw in the garbage bin, without telling my parents.

At seven they cut my genital to make me look more like a girl, allegedly with my consent.

Today they probably would make a boy out of me, by even more surgeries.

The doctors always lied to me and my parents. I spent my life in fear, pain and shame. I couldn't talk to anybody. Only at 35 I discovered that I am not alone and that there are self-help groups.

As substantiated in our NGO report [1], in Switzerland all forms of Intersex Genital Mutilations are still regularly perpetrated with impunity in public University and Cantonal Children’s Clinics, and paid for by the Swiss federal Disability Insurance. On the other hand, adequate psychosocial support is still not available.

IGM practices in Switzerland have been considered by both CRC [2] and CAT [3] as “ill-treatment” and “harmful practice”, referring to the CEDAW-CRC Joint general recommendation.

And during the previous session, also this Committee [4] considered IGM as a “harmful practice”. [5]

To this day, in Switzerland there is no law to protect intersex children from these practices. The Swiss Government still refuses to acknowledge that this is an ongoing human rights issue, but claims this happened only “in the past”. [6]

We therefore hope that the Committee will ask the Swiss delegation tough questions on IGM, and will sternly remind Switzerland of its obligations under the Convention and the CEDAW-CRC Joint general recommendation.

Thank you.”

[1] http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2016-CEDAW-Swiss-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM.pdf
[2] CRC/C/CHE/CO/2-4, paras. 42-43
[3] CAT/C/CHE/CO/7, para. 20
[4] CEDAW/C/FRA/CO/7-8, paras. 17e-f + 18e-f
[5] See also UN-COE-ACHPR-IACHR Joint Statement for Intersex Awareness Day 2016, “End violence and harmful medical practices on intersex children and adults”: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20739&LangID=E
[6] https://www.admin.ch/gov/fr/accueil/documentation/communiques.msg-id-62507.html

Lilian Hofmeister (CEDAW) (@ 50 min):

"Thank you very much, Madame Chair. I have a questions to the NGOs of Switzerland concerning IGM. How are babies treated by the medical staff in Switzerland, and what is the role of their parents? Thank you."

Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) (@ 60 min):

“Thank you. An intersex child in Switzerland is still regarded as having a medical issue and being disordered, and then parents are put under pressure to perform cosmetic surgery.

The rationale of the doctors is that else the child will suffer psychologically, have psychological problems, and may be teased in school. Parents are so pressured to consent to unnecessary surgery despite that this violates the rights of the child to physical integrity and self-determination.

Doctors argue that it's parents who want the surgery, but I am in contact with parents that tell otherwise. Actually, three days ago a mother I know called me on the phone and said that the doctors, she and her husband don't want a surgery, but the doctors say that if you don't [do] surgery on your child, he will have psychological problems, and in this case it was about hypospadias, that a boy has to be able to pee standing, otherwise he will be unhappy. And at the same time doctors admit in the media that they continue to do surgeries, and like I said before, but it's the parents, who want the surgery, they say, but it's not true.”

>>> CEDAW65: Switzerland questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilatons
>>> UN Press Release Highlights Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Switzerland: 2016 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Switzerland  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (288 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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 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

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) 

Tuesday 8 November 2016

Happy Intersex Solidarity Day 2016!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookFor today's Intersex Solidarity Day, StopIGM.org is releasing 3 virtual stickers to raise awareness of the ongoing struggle of intersex people to end [WARNING!!!] Intersex Genital Mutilations.

They include photos taken in Switzerland on occasion a paceful vigil in honour of the Intersex Awareness Day 2016, celebrating 20 years of nonviolent intersex protests.

The vigil took place outside the "Kispi-Ball", an annual fundraiser of the Zurich University children's Hospital – and in response to the hospital, after starting a remarkable and rightully much lauded process of coming to terms with past IGM practices 1954-70, last spring nonetheless destroying 90% of their medical files concerning [WARNING!!!] IGM 1 (“masculinising” genital surgery, including “hypospadias repair”). And on top the hospital went on to repeatedly claim in the media not doing IGM surgeries anymore, which unfortunately is far from the truth ... :-(

Unfortunately neither the police nor the posh hotel hosting the fundraiser wanted to allow us holding our nonviolent vigil in remembrance of the survivors and victims of IGM practices past and present – but as you can see, we just did it anyway! :-)

Thanks to everybody who participated, gave us a thumbs up other otherwise expressed their solidarity!

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland: 2016 CEDAW
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Switzerland  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (288 kb)

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 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

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) 

Thursday 3 November 2016

UN Press Release Highlights Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland

The entire CEDAW meeting with NGOs was also transmitted live and is now archived at webtv.un.org 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> The UN press release on the informal meeting of the Committee on the Elimination of the Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) with NGOs from Argentina, Switzerland, Honduras and Armenia held last Monday 31.10.2016 highlights the oral statement by StopIGM.org's Daniela Truffer on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland, as well as the ensuing question by Committee expert Lilian Hofmeister and Daniela's reply:

Statements by Non-Governmental Organizations

Switzerland

StopIGM.org said that all forms of intersex genital mutilations were still regularly perpetrated with impunity in public universities and cantonal children’s clinics, and paid for by the Swiss Disability Insurance.  Adequate psychological support was not available, and there was no law to protect intersex children from those practices.  The Government refused to acknowledge that this was an ongoing human rights issue, claiming that it had happened only in the past.

Questions by Committee Members

On Switzerland, Experts asked [...] How were intersex babies treated by the medical staff and what was the role of the parents? 

Responses by Non-governmental Organizations

[...] in Switzerland [...] An intersex child was still regarded as being disordered and parents were under pressure to undertake cosmetic surgery, with doctors saying that the child would otherwise suffer psychologically.  Parents were pressured to agree to the surgery which violated the rights of the child.

>>> REPORT: Switzerland questioned over IGM practices by CEDAW – Gov denies  

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland: 2016 CEDAW
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Switzerland  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (288 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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 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

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) 

Wednesday 2 November 2016

CEDAW65 > Switzerland questioned by UN over Intersex Genital Mutilations for 3rd time – Gov denies yet again!

>>> CEDAW65 > NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland
>>>
UN Press Release Highlights Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland

UN-CEDAW 65th Session @ Palais des Nations 02.11.2016, 09:54h: Getting ready ...

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookToday it's the turn of Switzerland to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations at the 65th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Wed 2 November 10-13h CET + 15–17h CET 
>>>
Podcast Session 1 | Session 2  StopIGM.org is reporting LIVE from Palais des Nations in Geneva, expecting tough questions, and yet another reprimand for IGM at the end of the session on 18 Nov.

Session 1: 10-13h

11:00h: The 1st Session on, introductory statements by CEDAW chairperson and the head of the Swiss delegation are over, first round of questions by Committee experts now well under way. Intersex has so far not been breached yet ... It might take until the 2nd session in the afternoon ... Stay tuned ... 

11:28h: "Intersexual persons" has just been mentioned briefly by the delegation under "identity" to illustrate "progress" ...

12:26h: YAY!! CEDAW expert and country co-rapporteur Lilian Hofmeister just brought up "Intersex Genital Mutilations" perpetrated in "Cantonal hospitals", describing them as a "harmful practice" and an "undoubtedly severe human rights violation", and announces follow-up questions later! :-) Inofficial Transcription:

“Thank you, Madame Chair. Concerning harmful practices, I would like to add some information about intersex persons. They are often suffering from so called Intersex Genital Mutilation practiced by the medical staff of Cantonal Children's Hospitals in Switzerland. This is undoubtedly a severe human rights violation. Concerning the methods, I would like to pose follow-up questions under article 12.”

12:32h: Swiss Head of Delegation Sylvie Durrer, Director of the Federal Bureau for Equality (EGB) at the the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA), immediately issued yet another full denial, followed by the usual pinkwashing of IGM we've come to expect from state reperesentatives ...  :-(   Inofficial Transcription of UN simultaneous translation from original french:

“Next, the question on intersex persons. First of all, I would like to say that our government has clearly confirmed on various occasions that these people warrant the respect and comprehension of society with regards to the problems that they are facing. They have full rights to have their physical and psychological integrity upheld, that is an extremely important point for us.

In April 2005 there was a decree, and actions were taken to ensure that we are in coordination with the Council of Europe's work in this area. We are also combating discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity, and we have had various parliamentary interventions on this matter.

The National Committee has also been dealing with the matter, it has issued various recommendations. The government has considered that these recommendations were mainly already implemented or currently being implemented, for example they concern the simplification of, in terms of the laws that apply to modification of gender cases and any discrimination that may arise.

For the government all of these measures are equally important, and they have already been implemented or they are currently being implemented. Furthermore, the Federal Council also invites doctors to contribute to awareness raising themselves, in particular by drafting guidelines and by adapting training. It has been seen that interdisciplinary working groups were already created or have been, are currently been created, are playing an extremely important role on this matter.

Finally, it's very important for people concerned by this matter to play their fully fledged role in raising awareness about this problem, to speak about their experience and their point of view.

I think it's very important for dialogue to continue between the different stakeholders to deal with this problem in a respectful interdisciplinary way.”

12:59h: Session adjourned.

Session 2: 15-17h

15:01h: Session resumed, answers to questions left from the morning now on.

15:29h: YAY!! Committee expert and Co-rapporteur Louiza Chalal (of CEDAW64 France fame) asks a question on redress for intersex persons, is there a law planned? :-) (But the translation seemed to mix this up with change of gender description in documents?) (Full transcription to follow)

16:01h: Head of delegation announces answer on "intersex and transgender". Speaker from Departement of justice then only answers on gender markers and involuntary trans procedures ... :-( (Full transcription to follow)

16:03h: YAY!! Lilian Hofmeister follows up on intersex persons after IGM, they have a problems with access of justice, is there any law considered to prolong statutes of limitations? :-) (Full transcription to follow)

16:05h: Swiss justice delegate ask to repeat the question on intersex and statutes of limitations, as they did not understand? Is this about salary discrimination?

16:06h: Lilian Hofmeister explains again ...

16:07h: Justice delegate asks if anyone in the delegation could answer on this? No? Announces delegation will then give answer in writing after the session ... (Full transcription to follow)

>>> The written additional answer (French, PDF) essentially repeated the (non-)answer by the Gov on the National Ethics Commission (NEK-CNE) given last summer and criticised in the NGO report, counterfactually claiming IGM to be “a thing of the past” all recommendations to be already implemented, and in addition counterfactually claimed IGM practices would in part be covered by the Swiss Anti-FGM Law, while in truth the parliament and government rejected suggestions to include IGM in this law ... :-(

17:09h: Session closed ...

>>> CEDAW65 > NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland
>>>
UN Press Release Highlights Intersex Genital Mutilations in Switzerland

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Switzerland: 2016 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Switzerland  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (288 kb)

>>> CEDAW65 > The Netherlands questioned over IGM

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 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

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) 

Friday 28 October 2016

UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR: "End violence and harmful medical practices on intersex people" – Intersex Awareness Day 2016

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook“States must, as a matter of urgency, prohibit medically unnecessary surgery and procedures on intersex children. They must uphold the autonomy of intersex adults and children and their rights to health, to physical and mental integrity, to live free from violence and harmful practices and to be free from torture and ill-treatment. Intersex children and their parents should be provided with support and counselling, including from peers. [...]

States should investigate human rights violations against intersex people, hold those found guilty of perpetrating such violations accountable and provide intersex people subjected to abuse with redress and compensation.”

>>> This fabulous joint statement (fr|es) by 11 human rights agencies and experts around the world from the UN (including CAT, CRC, CRPD, SPT, SRT, SRSG VAC), the Council of Europe (COE), the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (CHPR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is by far the most powerful of all declarations we've seen so far around this year's Intersex Awareness Day. Please share (again)!

Wednesday 26 October 2016

IAD 2016: Soon 20 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookToday on Intersex Awareness Day 2016, we are celebrating

20 years of nonviolent intersex protests, and

soon to be 20 UN reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations, expected no later than early March next year – with even more already in the making, also way beyond 2017!

The following is a breakdown of all previous UN reprimands – with soon 14 countries in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania reprimanded so far – plus the very next to follow, including links to all binding recommendations in full:

IGM Practices: UN Reprimands by Treaty Body, Year and Country

• Committee against Torture (CAT) “inhuman treatment”:
   2011: Germany
   2015: Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong
   2016: France

• Committee on the Right of the Child (CRC) "harmful practice”:
   2015: Switzerland, Chile
   2016: France, Ireland, UK, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa

• Committee for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) "violation of integrity”:
   2015: Germany
   2016: Chile, Italy

• Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) “harmful practice”:
   2016: France, Switzerland, Netherlands   Mar 2017: Germany?

• Human Rights Committee (HRCttee – CCPR) “non-therapeutic experimentation“:
   2017: Switzerland?

Hermaphrodites With Attitude, Boston 26.10.1996On 26 October, Intersex People, Survivors, Partners, Families, Friends and Allies around the globe celebrate Intersex Awareness Day, commemorating the very first INTERSEX PROTEST in Boston in 1996 against the Annual Convention of the American Academy of Padiatrics (AAP), and in support of over 20 Years of Organised Struggle to End INTERSEX GENITAL MUTILATIONS.

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
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

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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 is a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 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)  

Sunday 23 October 2016

Last week my heart stopped beating

Photo: StopIGM.org's Daniela Truffer in the Cologne Courthouse, 06.02.2008, on occasion of the historical win of 100'00 Euros damages for non-consensual unnecessary surgery by intersex claimant Christiane Völling (front right, cut) and her lawyer Georg Groth (back, with hat). Welcome back to the land of the living, Daniela!

By Daniela Truffer

Last week my heart stopped beating. I had spent weeks denying the fact that I had to go to the hospital, out of my fear of doctors in general and hospitals in particular. In the end I couldn't even walk five minutes with my dog without being out of breath and having serious chest pain.

But still, Markus had to drag me to the Cardiology Department at the University Hospital of Zurich (where I had been due for my bi-annual check-up since January) for an ultrasound, where the problem was detected at once: tachycardia. Probably due to my condition or a previous surgical scar, my heart had kind of short circuited, with an electric current circling in it at a fixed speed, every second round triggering a heart beat overriding the usual impulses, leading to my heart running at a constant rate of 134 all the time.

Now my heart was weakened because of the effort, and didn't work properly anymore. The doctors told me that they had to perform a cardioversion urgently, a medical procedure to convert my unhealthily fast heart rate to a regular rhythm by applying an electric shock to stop the circling current, a procedure they would do about daily.

I was terrified, thought of running out, accepting the alternative of dying within weeks, better than being treated in a hospital bed again (after 33 years of luck). Just entering a hospital and walking through the corridors makes me sick, every time.

Then the fear of dying gained the upper hand.

I insisted on Markus being present all the time, even during the procedure, and the doctors finally accepted, because I told them of my phobia of doctors and hospitals. (They knew about my intersex status from the medical record, and obviously also about my opinion on the surgeries in the media.)

I called my parents, old memories of my childhood in hospitals and their helplessness emerged, we cried together. They came to Zurich the next day, when the procedure was performed.

I was in tears out of fear, when the sedative hit. Markus told me, that after the electric shock was given, my heart beat stopped for a while, but then started again – thankfully triggered again by the regular impulses.

When I woke up, Markus was there and my parents, and I was relieved beyond all measure. Walking out of the hospital was like starting a new life.

Of course it was not over yet, as due to my heart now starting to beat stronger again, during the night my lungs started filling with water, making it impossible to lay down. But with appropriate medication, this too resolved eventually, and three days later I could get my first night of proper sleep since weeks.

Now I should do a bit more sport. Self-check my heart regularly. Not miss my bi-annual check-ups. Work more on my compulsive self-sabotaging behaviour. And try to avoid activities known to entail exposure to unhealthy levels of self-exploitation, burn out, mobbing, marginalisation, resentment, you name it. I wish.

>>> Bearing withess to IGM practices: Daniela's personal story (PDF)  

Thursday 20 October 2016

Suisse > Mutilations intersexes: Traitement du passé sans les personnes concernées, et par la destruction des dossiers?

Kispi Zurich, 31.10.2013: Directeur Malagoli lit le 2e appel pour un traitement du passé

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Communiqué de StopIGM.org:

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'

En 2012 et 2013, Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org a proposé de faire une recherche historique approfondie sur les mutilations génitales intersexes à l'Hôpital des Enfants et l'Université de Zurich, en particulier sur les amputations du clitoris, et de commencer un traitement du passé. 

En 2014 l'Hôpital des Enfants de Zurich (Kinderspital ou “Kispi”) a commencé une recherche historique avec une étude pilote sur les dossiers medicaux 1945-70 qui a été étendue en 2015 (PDF, en allemand).

Une deuxième étude du Kispi, cette fois de deux ans, a commencé aussi en 2015.

Maintenant le Fonds National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique (FNS) a annoncé que l'Hôpital des Enfants et l'Université de Zurich ont commencé une troisième “recherche interdisciplinaire” 2016-18 avec le financement du FNS de 500'000 francs suisses.

StopIGM.org salue la continuation de la recherche historique approfondie sur la question des traitements non-consentis sur les enfants intersexes 1945-70, et on espère que d'autres hôpitaux vont suivre.

Malheureusement, ce nouveau projet soulève toutefois des questions délicates:

On demande une représentation adéquate des personnes concernées et leurs organisations!

Le Fonds National promet une “étude non-partisan” et une “vision équilibrée qui tiendra compte du point de vue de toutes les parties concernées”.

Mais “l'équipe interdisciplinaire” du projet est constituée majoritairement de médecins de l'hôpital des enfants de Zurich, et les personnes concernées et leurs associations ne sont pas représentées. Se pose alors la question d'une représentation adéquate des personnes concernées.

Traitement du passé par destruction des dossiers médicaux?

En plus on est vivement préoccupés qu'apparemment 90% des dossiers médicaux concernant des opérations génitales forcées soi-disant "virilisantes" ont été triés et détruits avant le début du projet. Détruire des dossiers – ce n'est pas le traitement du passé que les personnes concernées exigent.

Il faut un vrai traitement du passé avec la représentation adéquate des personnes concernées et leurs associations, par une Commission Vérité et Réconciliation.
Il faut que le gouvernement et les médecins reconnaissent la souffrance que les traitements forcées ont infligées à des personnes intersexes.
Et, il faut assurer la réparation aux victimes, comme préconisé par la Commission nationale d'éthique, et les Comités de l'ONU des Droits de l'Enfant et contre la Torture.


  La 1e manif intersexe devant le Kispi Zurich dans la Télé Suisse, 08.07.2008

Conseil Fédéral: Operations forcées seulement “par le passé”, les recommandations de la Commission nationale d'éthique “déjà mises en œuvre”

En Juillet de cette année, le Conseil Fédéral (le gouvernement de la Suisse) a finalement publié une prise de position sur les recommandations de la Commission nationale d'éthique (NEK-CNE) émises en 2012 (PDF).

Selon le Conseil Fédéral les opérations génitales et autre traitement forcé ont eu lieux que “par le passé” et la “majorité des recommandations émises par la CNE […] sont mises en œuvre ou en passe de l'être”.

La Commission nationale d'éthique a préconisé une revue légale et des responsibilités, délais de prescription et droit pénal, pour assurer la réparation aux victimes adultes, et un soutien psychosocial adéquat aux familles. Une revue légale et un soutien adéquat ont aussi été préconisé par le Comité des Droit de l'Enfant et le Comité contre la Torture de l'ONU.

Pendant que le Conseil fédéral refuse complètement un soutien psychosocial, les opérations forcées sur les bébés intersexes sont toujours pris en charge par l’assurance-invalidité.

L'ONU condamne les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes en Suisse et ailleurs – prochaine réprimande en Novembre

Le Comité de l'ONU des droits de l'enfant (CRC) a déjà réprimandé la Suisse pour les pratiques MGI, les qualifiant comme “pratique préjudiciable” (comme les mutilations génitales féminines), secondé par Comité contre la torture (CAT), qui les a condamnés comme des des “traitements inhumains” en violation de la prohibition de la torture.

Début Novembre la Suisse sera questionnée par le Comité des Droits des Femmes (CEDAW) sur les mutilations génitales des enfants intersexes. StopIGM.org espère que le Comité va de nouveau condamner ces traitements comme “pratique préjudiciable”, et que la Suisse va être réprimandée pour la troisième fois, marquant la 19e reprimande d'un Comité de l'ONU pour les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes (MGI).

La Manif devant le Kispi du 31.10.2013 sur Al Jazeera

>>> Mutilations Intersexes : « Seule la peur du juge va bouger les choses »
>>> Pratique préjudiciable: La France réprimandée sur les MGI pour la 3e fois
 

Friday 7 October 2016

Intersex Genital Mutilations = "Harmful Practice": UN-CRC reprimands South Africa + New Zealand!

Photo: UNHRC UPR #14, Geneva 20.10.2012

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Press Release by StopIGM.org, 07.10.2016:

Today, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) published the “Concluding Observations” of its 73rd Session.

Therein, the Committee again recognised Intersex Genital Mutilations as a “harmful practice", and issued strong binding recommendations obliging both South Africa and New Zealand to “guarantee [...] bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination of all children, including intersex children”, and to “adopt legal provisions to provide redress to victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation”:
    South Africa:
CRC/C/ZAF/CO/2 (PDF) --> paras 37–38, p. 10
    New Zealand:
CRC/C/NZL/CO/5 (PDF) --> paras 25 + 15, p. 8 + 4–5

StopIGM.org warmly welcomes these clear verdicts, marking
  • 8 reprimands for IGM practices by CRC
  • 18 UN reprimands for IGM
so far
  •
now 13 countries reprimanded in Europe, South America, Asia, Oceania and Africa.

In collaboration with local intersex human rights defenders and their organisations, we will continue to denounce the ongoing practice in ever more countries to relevant human rights bodies, including CRC, the Committee against Torture (CAT), the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

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

The binding CRC recommendations on intersex for South Africa:

>>> CRC/C/ZAF/CO/2 (PDF) --> paras 37–38, p. 10

“E.  Violence against children (arts. 19, 24 (3), 28 (2), 34, 37 (a) and 39)

Harmful practices

37.  The Committee is concerned at the high prevalence of harmful practices in the State  party,  including  child  and  forced marriage, virginity testing, witchcraft, female genital mutilation, polygamy, violent or harmful initiation rites, and intersex genital mutilation.
The  Committee is further concerned that, although the practice of ukuthwala involving children is considered as an ‘abuse of ukuthuwala’ and is a crime, as the State party noted during the dialogue, this practice still exists.

38. In the light of its general comment No. 18 on harmful practices (2014), adopted jointly with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the Committee urges the State party to:

(a)  En sure that the State party’s legislation prohibits all forms of harmful practices used on children in the State party, including through, among others, criminalizing the practice of child and forced marriage and regulation of initiation schools;

(b)  Develop and adopt a national action plan to effectively eliminate such practices;

(c)  Ensure meaningful participation of all stakeholders, including children affected or at risk of harmful practices and their communities in developing, adopting, implementing and monitoring of relevant laws and policies;

(d)  Guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination of all children, including intersex children, by avoiding unnecessary medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood;

(e)  Build capacity of all professional groups working for and with children to prevent, identify and respond to incidents of harmful practices and to eliminate customary practices and rituals which are harmful to children;

(f)  Ensure sanctions on perpetrators of harmful practices, including perpetrators of the abuse of ukuthwala, and provide effective remedies to the victims of harmful practices.”

The binding CRC recommendations on intersex for New Zealand:

>>> CRC/C/NZL/CO/5 (PDF) --> paras 25 + 15, p. 8 + 4–5

“E.  Violence against children (arts. 19, 24 (3), 28 (2), 34, 37 (a) and 39)

Harmful practices

25.  The Committee recommends that the State party:

(a)  Develop awareness-raising campaigns and programmes targeting households, local authorities, religious leaders and judges and  prosecutors, on the harmful effects of early marriage on the physical and mental health and well-being of children, especially girls.

(b)  Develop and implement a child rights-based health care protocol for intersex children, setting the procedures and steps to be followed by health teams, ensuring that no one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood, guaranteeing the rights of children to bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination, and provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support;

(c)  Promptly investigate incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex children without informed consent and adopt legal provisions to provide redress to victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation;

(d) Educate and train medical and psychological professionals on the range of  biological and physical sexual diversity and on the consequences of unnecessary surgical and other medical interventions on intersex children;

(e) Extend free access to surgical interventions and medical treatment related to their intersex condition to intersex children between the age of 16 and 18.


C.  General principles (arts. 2, 3, 6 and 12)

Non-discrimination

15.  The  Committee recalls its previous recommendation (CRC/C/NZL/CO/3-4, para. 25) and recommends that   the State party ensure full protection against discrimination on any ground, including by:

(a)  Taking urgent measures to address disparities in access to education, health services and a minimum standard of living by Maori and Pasifika children and  their families;

(b)  Strengthening its measures to combat negative attitudes among the public as well as other preventive activities against discrimination and, if necessary, taking affirmative action for the benefit of children in vulnerable situations, such  as Maori and Pasifika children, children belonging to ethnic minorities, refugee children, migrant children,  children with disabilities, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and intersex children and children living with persons from these groups;

(c)  Taking all measures necessary to ensure that all cases of discrimination against children are addressed effectively, including with disciplinary, administrative or – if necessary – penal sanctions.


The international intersex human rights NGO StopIGM.org demands 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): 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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
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

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 is a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 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)  

Thursday 6 October 2016

Intersex Genital Mutilations: UN to reprimand NZ + ZA today – South Africa first state to recognise ongoing harmful practice

UPDATE: UN-CRC reprimanded both South Africa + New Zealand for IGM practices! YAY!!

Head of South African Delegation, Deputy Minister Hendrietta Ipeleng Bogopane-Zulu speaking:
UN-CRC 73rd Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 19.09.2016

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, 06.10.2016:

During its 73rd Session, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) investigated Intersex Genital Mutilations in New Zealand and South Africa, expertly questioning both delegations.

Since 2015, CRC has consistently recognised IGM as a “harmful practice” (like FGM) in breach of Art. 24(3) of the Convention.

StopIGM.org is again expecting stern reprimands for both states in the "Concluding Observations" to be published by the Committee later today, marking

  • 8 reprimands for IGM practices by CRC
  • 18 UN reprimands for IGM so far
  • now 13 countries reprimanded in Europe, South America, Asia, Oceania and Africa.

Typically, UN treaty bodies oblige complicit State parties to

  • take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent involuntary non-urgent surgery and other treatment on intersex children, and to guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination to the children concerned
  • adopt legal provisions to ensure access to redress and adequate compensation for victims
  • provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support

Besides the Committee on the Right of the Child (CRC), also the Committee against Torture (CAT), the Committee for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) have regularly recognised IGM practices as a violation of the relevant UN Conventions. Currently, also the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) is investigating IGM as a breach of CCPR.

After evidence and testimony, UN acts

StopIGM.org and South African and New Zealand intersex advocates, NGOs and NHRIs including Legal Resources Centre, Iranti-org, Gender DynamiX, ITANZ Intersex Awareness New Zealand and the NZ Human Rights Commission provided the Committee with evidence of the ongoing practice in both countries, resulting in repeated questions by Committee experts during the interactive dialogue in Geneva, including on New Zealand sending intersex children overseas to RCH Melbourne for non-consensual genital surgeries.

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

Answering for New Zealand, Dr Pat Tuohy, paediatrician and Chief Adviser of the Ministry of Health, went down the well-trodden path of denial and pinkwashing, claiming "no surgery from 2006" while at the same time patently "confusing" involuntary intersex surgery and "gender assignment surgery". >>> Full Transcript

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)

On the other hand, South African delegate Zane-Udien Dangor (Deputy Minister’s Special Advisor, Department of Social Development) made intersex human rights history – and South Africa the very first State to officially recognise the "essentially harmful practices" on "intersex children" at the UN:

“I think as a government we do recognise that being intersex is a sexual characteristic and not a medical condition, but at the same time we recognise 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.”  >>> Full Transcript

The international intersex human rights NGO StopIGM.org demands 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

UPDATE: UN-CRC reprimanded both South Africa + New Zealand for IGM practices! YAY!!

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

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 is a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 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)  

Sunday 2 October 2016

"16 UN Reprimands for IGM Practices" - Daniela Truffer, Surrey 23.09.2016

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 Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the University of Surrey in the UK, and also the 3rd annual meeting of the European Network for Psychosocial Studies in Intersex/Diverse Sex Development (EuroPSI):

The 43rd Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) marked the first time that intersex people participated in a human rights mechanism. The German Association of Intersex People (ImeV), whom I served as a chairperson at the time, submitted a thematic shadow report, to which I contributed my personal story. And early in 2009, Germany was up for review in Geneva. The Committee seemed to mistake Intersex for an identity and trans issue, and didn't even mention IGM practices in its recommendations, but at least it was the first Concluding Observations mentioning intersex.

Two years later the Association of Intersex People joined forces with the Law Clinic of the Humboldt University (Berlin) and submitted a more elaborate report to the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) ...

… who for the first time issued Concluding Observations on IGM practices, recognising them to constitute at least “inhuman treatment” punishable as torture under the Convention, and obliging Germany to undertake investigation of incidents of IGM and to adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation.

Over the following years, the German Association and intersex organisations in other countries submitted more reports to various treaty bodies, but in most cases the Committees didn't even address intersex in their Concluding Observations, and in no case IGM practices.

At StopIGM.org we felt the best strategy would be to first approach the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to make the case for IGM as a “harmful practice”. We therefore waited until Switzerland was up to be examined by CRC and submitted an extensive thematic report, providing detailed evidence of the ongoing practice, the lifelong severe physical and mental pain and suffering inflicted by it, as well as of the complicity of the State, supplemented by a human rights biography and a historical overview of hermaphrodites and IGM through the ages.

When the Committee then invited us for a thematic briefing before the session, it was suddenly in the air that our years of hard work might eventually pay off.

Despite that during the review Switzerland did everything to sidestep the issue, the Committee recognised IGM to constitute a “harmful practice” like FGM, referring to the Swiss National Ethics Commission (NEK-CNE) recommendations and to the CRC-CEDAW Joint General Comment 18/31 “on harmful practices”, obliging state parties to “explicitly prohibit by law and adequately sanction or criminalize harmful practices”, as well as to “provide for redress for victims and combat impunity for harmful practices”.

During the CRC briefing, a Committee member asked if we would also consider writing reports for other countries. In collaboration with international members of our NGO and fellow intersex advocates and organisations, we've been continuously submitting reports since, to this day securing 16 reprimands, each time recognising IGM as a “harmful practice”, as “inhuman treatment” or, in the case of CRPD, as a “violation of the physical and mental integrity”.

Even better, by the end of next week or soon after we are expecting two more reprimands by CRC, and one more by CEDAW by the end of October, and even more are already in the making.

Thank you.

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)  

Friday 30 September 2016

"Human Rights for Hermaphrodites, Too!" - Poster by Daniela Truffer, Surrey 24.09.2016

click to enlarge!

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Equality' or 'Discrimination'Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookA poster presentation by Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org) on occasion of the symposium "After the Recognition of Intersex Human Rights" at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the University of Surrey in the UK, and also the 3rd annual meeting of the European Network for Psychosocial Studies in Intersex/Diverse Sex Development (EuroPSI).
Abstract + more photos after the break:

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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Italy > Palermo University Clinic repeatedly mutilates 2 years old intersex child, perpetrators boast in the media

Screenshot: Palermo perps fessing up to IGM 1 + 3 – Source: Palermo Today, 27.09.2016

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Equality' or 'Discrimination'Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookA recent italian media article published in various outlets including Palermo Today, La Repubblica and La Stampa documents intersex genital mutilators Prof Marcello Cimador (pictured, chief paediatric urology surgeon and head of the supervising "multidisciplinary team") and Dr Renato Venezia (gynaecology surgeon) at the "Department for Mother and Child" of the "Policlinico Universitario Paolo Giaccone di Palermo" (Sicily) publicly boasting of removing the uterus and vagina of a 2 year old intersex child (= IGM 3  Sterilising Procedures) plus performing a "reconstruction of the penis and the urethra" (= IGM 1 "Masculising" Surgeries) on the same infant, allegedly "at the request of the parents."

This comes only three weeks after the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) reprimanded Italy for allowing IGM practices to continue with impunity.

The total ignorance and arrogance of the self-aggrandising genital mutilators excitedly lecturing on "sex-change", "surgical strategy", "intense mulidisciplinary teamwork" and "exceptional success" in conjunction with the tacit acquiescence and total failure to put things in perspective of the journalist(s) concerned, make it hard to further comment on this atrocity, except for once more reminding that such involuntary unnecessary surgeries constitute "Harmful Practice" (same as FGM) and "Inhuman Treatment" punishable as torture according to multiple UN human rights bodies.

Our hearts are with the child, seeking solace in the fact that such shameless boasting makes for valuable evidence in front of international human rights bodies, usually resulting in more stern reprimands for IGM practices to the state party concerned, obliging them to to "adopt legal provisions", "hold perpetrators accountable" and "provide timely and effective access to remedies to victims of such trestment, including adequate compensation." 

>>> [ WARNING!!! ] IGM 1–3: "Masculinising", "Feminising", Sterilising Procedures
>>> Italy: UN-CRPD investigates Intersex Genital Mutilations
>>> UN-CRPD reprimands Italy for Intersex Genital Mutilations

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)  

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 Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the University of Surrey in the UK, and also the 3rd annual 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 ... ukuthwala ... 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 regognise that being intersex is a sexual characteristic and not a medical condition, but at the same time we recognise 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 ukuthwala: 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 

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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

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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 239 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 221 239 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!

>>>VIDEO "Intersex protests in Paris - can this be legal?"
>>> ESPE 2016: Peaceful Intersex Protests Autorised

>>> 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 239 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

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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

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