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Monday 25 July 2016

Pratique préjudiciable: La France réprimandée sur les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes pour la 3e fois

64ème Session CEDAW, Genéve 08.07.2016: Laurence Rossignol, Ministre des Familles, de l'enfance et des droits de femmes de la France, se débarrasse des droits humains des intersexes et de son sachet de thé d'un seul coup.

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookCommuniqué de Presse par StopIGM.org 25.07.2016:

  1. Le Comité pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes (CEDAW) sur les pratiques MGI
  2. Contexte: l'ONU condamne les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes

1.  Le Comité pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes réprimande la France sur les pratiques MGI

IGM = Hamful Practice

StopIGM.org se félicite des "Observations finales" exécutoires du Comité de l'ONU pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes pour la France (en anglais):

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

Le Comité, se référant aux réprimandes du Comité des Droits de l'Enfant (CRC) et du Comité contre la Torture (CAT), a reconnu que les pratiques MGI constituent une pratique préjudiciable en violation de la Convention sur l'élimination de toutes les formes de discrimination à l'égard des femmes (CEDAW).

On apprécie particulièrement que le Comité spécifiquement fait appel à la France de "garantir que aucun enfant soit soumis à de la chirurgie ou traitement pas nécessaires", et aussi "de recueillir des données désagrégées sur des pratiques préjudiciables".

C'est la 15ème fois déjà qu'un Comité de l'ONU condamne les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes et réprimande un gouvernement pour tolérer et/ou supporter ces violations graves des droits de l'homme. En plus, la France est le premier pays qui a été réprimandé sur les pratiques MGI par 3 Comités de l'ONU.

En Février 2016, la France a est déjà réprimandé pour le pratiques MGI par le Comité de l'ONU des Droits de l'Enfant (CRC), et en Mai par le Comité de l'ONU contre la Torture.

Tous Etats parties qui ont ratifié la Convention des Droits de l'Enfant, la Convention contre la Torture et d'autres pactes applicables, y compris CEDAW, CCPR et CRPD ne peuvent plus feindre l'ignorance de la nature illégale des pratiques MGI, mais doivent désormais prendre toutes mesures appropriées, y compris des dispositions législatives pour éliminer ces pratiques, et pour garantir l'accès à un recours efficace et à la justice pour tous les survivants de MGI!

Le groupe des droits humains international StopIGM.org exige l'interdiction des opérations génitales forcées sur des enfants et adolescents avec des variantes du sexe biologique et "Droits Humains pour les Hermaphrodites aussi!"

Les personnes concernées doivent pouvoir décider eux-mêmes plus tard, s'il veulent des opérations ou pas, et si oui, lesquelles.

Meilleures salutations

Daniela "Nella" Truffer   +41 (0) 76 398 06 50
Markus Bauer  +41 (0) 78 829 12 60
Membres fondateurs de l'ONG internationale StopIGM.org

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info

http://StopIGM.org  

 
2.  Contexte: l'ONU condamne les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes

IGM = Harmful PracticeLes formes typiques de pratiques MGI comprennent des opérations génitales "masculinisantes" et "féminisantes", des castrations et d'autres procédures stérilisantes, l'imposition d'hormones, des examens génitaux forcés, des dilatations vaginales et l'exhibition médicale, le refus des informations essentielles aux patients et aux parents, l'expérimentation humaine, et le déni de soins médicaux.

Il est connu que les pratiques MGI causent des douleurs et souffrances physiques ou mentales aiguës tout au long de la vie, y compris la perte ou détérioration des sensations sexuelles, des cicatrices douloureuses, le rapport sexuel douloureux, de l'incontinence, des sténoses urétrales, la perte ou détérioration de la fertilité, une dépendance à vie d'hormones artificiels, des taux élevés de manière signifiante de comportement d'automutilation et tendances suicidaires, souffrance mentale et traumatisme à vie, anxiétés sexuelles élevées, et moins d'activité sexuelle.

Depuis 1950, MGI a été pratiqué systématiquement et à l'échelle industrielle dans tout le "monde développé", et toutes formes de MGI sont encore pratiquées aujourd'hui. Parents et enfants sont désinformés et tenus dans l'ignorance, tenus au secret, isolés et refusés un soutien approprié.

Depuis plus de 20 ans, des survivants ont critiqué les pratiques MGI comme préjudiciables et traumatisantes, comme une violation fondamentale des droits humains, comme une forme de mutilation génitale et d'abus sexuel de l'enfant, comme de la torture ou maltraitance, et ont demandé une législation pour éliminer ces pratiques et garantir des recours.

Jusqu'aujourd'hui, le Comité de l'ONU des Droits de l'Enfant (CRC) a critiqué ces traitements inutiles des personnes intersexes comme une Pratique Préjudiciable et par conséquent comparable aux Mutilations Génitales Féminines, et a pour l'instant réprimandé la Suisse, le Chili, l'Irlande, la France, le Royaume-Uni et le Népal pour ne pas avoir protégé le droit des enfants intersexes à l'intégrité physique et de ne pas avoir garanti un accès égal aux recours et à la justice pour les victimes.

De la même façon, le Comité de l'ONU contre la Torture (CAT) a reconnu depuis 2011 que les pratiques MGI constituent au moins un Traitement Inhumain en violation de la Convention contre la Torture, et a pour l'instant réprimandé l'Allemagne, la Suisse, l'Autriche, le Denmark, Hong Kong et la France.

D'autres organes de l'ONU qui condamnent MGI sont par exemple le Comité des droits de l'Homme (HRCttee), l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (WHO), UNICEF et le Rapporteur Spécial sur la Torture.

>>> Mutilations Génitales Intersexes en France: CEDAW Déclaration ONG, 04.07.

>>> Mutilations Intersexes : « Seule la peur du juge va bouger les choses »

MGI = "Pratique Préjudiciable" + "Violence": UN-CRC réprimande la France
Communiqé 29.01.: Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: La France questionnée par UN-CRC
Communiqué de Presse de l'ONU sur la Session avec la France aborde Intersex
 La Ministre Bloque et Detourne - Transcriptions des Questions et Réponses MGI  

MGI = "Traitement Inhumain" + "Torture": UN-CAT réprimande la France
Le Comité de l' ONU contre la Torture questionne la France sur les MGI - Transcriptions
 
« En France, aucune loi protège les enfants intersexes des mutilations quotidiennes »
Communiqué de Presse de l'ONU aborde les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes en France
« Les médecins ignorent consciemment la question des droits des enfants intersexes »
C'est pourquoi le Comité contre la Torture va condamner la France pour les MGI

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

En anglais:
14 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...
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

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

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 22 July 2016

Mutilations Génitales Intersexes en France: nouveau verdict de l'ONU

Mise à jour 22.07.: La publication des Observations Finales a été remise à lundi 25 Juillet après-midi – voir communiqué de lONU (en anglais).

Genéve, 08.07.2016: La France questionnée sur les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes par le Comité pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes (CEDAW) au Palais des Nations de l'ONU.

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookCommuniqué de Presse par StopIGM.org 21.07.2016:

IGM = Hamful Practice

Demain Vendredi 22.07. CEDAW va publier son verdict. Pendant sa 64ème Session, le Comité le l'ONU pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes (CEDAW) a questionné habilement la France sur les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes (MGI), des traitements involontaires et préjudiciables sur des enfants intersexes (aussi connus sous le nom d'hermaphrodites).

Un rapport thématique présenté au Comité par l'ONG internationale intersex StopIGM.org,en collaboration avec les défenseurs des droits des intersexes Nadine Coquet et Vincent Guillot, prouve que MGI est préconisé et commis partout en France, par exemple par l'Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS), le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lyon, et les Hôpitaux Universitaires Paris-Sud>>> Intersex Genital Mutilations in France (PDF)

Dans l'audition avec la France, l'experte du Comité CEDAW, Louiza Chalal a demandé:

« Comptez-vous prendre des mesures appropriées y compris législatives pour éliminer les pratiques préjudiciables que subissent ces enfants [intersexes] et garantir leur droit à l'intégrité physique? »
>>> Transcription

Madame la Ministre des Familles, de l'enfance et des droits des femmes et cheffe de la délégation, Laurence Rossignol a réitéré les excuses habituelles:

« C'est un sujet nouveau en France, porté par des groupes actifs certes et qui interrogent l'ensemble des paramètres, et en particulier aussi le corps médical. Mon point de vue est que ceci relève de la révision des lois bioéthiques qui aura lieu à partir de 2017. »
>>> Transcription

Demain 22.07. le Comité CEDAW va publier des recommandations exécutoires pour la France sur le >>> site de la 64ème Session du Comité.
 

Informations Générales: MGI et Droits Humains

IGM = Harmful PracticeLes formes typiques de pratiques MGI comprennent des opérations génitales "masculinisantes" et "féminisantes", des castrations et d'autres procédures stérilisantes, l'imposition d'hormones, des examens génitaux forcés, des dilatations vaginales et l'exhibition médicale, le refus des informations essentielles aux patients et aux parents, l'expérimentation humaine, et le déni de soins médicaux.

Il est connu que les pratiques MGI causent des douleurs et souffrances physiques ou mentales aiguës tout au long de la vie, y compris la perte ou détérioration des sensations sexuelles, des cicatrices douloureuses, le rapport sexuel douloureux, de l'incontinence, des sténoses urétrales, la perte ou détérioration de la fertilité, une dépendance à vie d'hormones artificiels, des taux élevés de manière signifiante de comportement d'automutilation et tendances suicidaires, souffrance mentale et traumatisme à vie, anxiétés sexuelles élevées, et moins d'activité sexuelle.

Depuis 1950, MGI a été pratiqué systématiquement et à l'échelle industrielle dans tout le "monde développé", et toutes formes de MGI sont encore pratiquées aujourd'hui. Parents et enfants sont désinformés et tenus dans l'ignorance, tenus au secret, isolés et refusés un soutien approprié.

Depuis plus de 20 ans, des survivants ont critiqué les pratiques MGI comme préjudiciables et traumatisantes, comme une violation fondamentale des droits humains, comme une forme de mutilation génitale et d'abus sexuel de l'enfant, comme de la torture ou maltraitance, et ont demandé une législation pour éliminer ces pratiques et garantir des recours.

Jusqu'aujourd'hui, le Comité de l'ONU des Droits de l'Enfant (CRC) a à plusieurs reprises critiqué ces traitements inutiles des personnes intersexes comme une Pratique Préjudiciable et par conséquent comparable aux Mutilations Génitales Féminines, et a pour l'instant réprimandé la Suisse, le Chili, l'Irlande et la France pour ne pas avoir protégé le droit des enfants intersexes à l'intégrité physique et de ne pas avoir garanti un accès égal aux recours et à la justice pour les victimes.

De la même façon, le Comité de l'ONU contre la Torture (CAT) a reconnu depuis 2011 que les pratiques MGI constituent au moins un Traitement Inhumain en violation de la Convention contre la Torture, et a pour l'instant réprimandé l'Allemagne, la Suisse, l'Autriche, le Denmark, Hong Kong et la France.

D'autres organes de l'ONU qui condamnent MGI sont par exemple le Comité des droits de l'Homme (HRCttee), l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (WHO), UNICEF et le Rapporteur Spécial sur la Torture.

Les États parties qui ont ratifié la Convention des Droits de l'Enfant, la Convention contre la Torture et d'autres pactes applicables, y compris CCPR, CRPD et CEDAW, ne peuvent plus feindre l'ignorance de la nature illégale des pratiques MGI, mais doivent désormais prendre toutes mesures appropriées, y compris des dispositions législatives pour éliminer ces pratiques, et pour garantir l'accès à un recours efficace et à la justice pour tous les survivants de MGI!

Le groupe des droits humains international StopIGM.org exige l’interdiction des opérations génitales forcées sur des enfants et adolescents avec des variantes du sexe biologique et "Droits Humains pour les Hermaphrodites aussi!"

Les personnes concernées doivent pouvoir décider eux-mêmes plus tard, s’il veulent des opérations ou pas, et si oui, lesquelles.

Meilleures salutations

Daniela "Nella" Truffer, Markus Bauer
Membres fondateurs de l'ONG internationale StopIGM.org

Mobile +41 (0) 76 398 06 50

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info

http://StopIGM.org

>>> Mutilations Génitales Intersexes en France: CEDAW Déclaration ONG, 04.07.

>>> Mutilations Intersexes : « Seule la peur du juge va bouger les choses »

MGI = "Pratique Préjudiciable" + "Violence": UN-CRC réprimande la France
Communiqé 29.01.: Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: La France questionnée par UN-CRC
Communiqué de Presse de l'ONU sur la Session avec la France aborde Intersex
 La Ministre Bloque et Detourne - Transcriptions des Questions et Réponses MGI  

MGI = "Traitement Inhumain" + "Torture": UN-CAT réprimande la France
Le Comité de l' ONU contre la Torture questionne la France sur les MGI - Transcriptions
 
« En France, aucune loi protège les enfants intersexes des mutilations quotidiennes »
Communiqué de Presse de l'ONU aborde les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes en France
« Les médecins ignorent consciemment la question des droits des enfants intersexes »
C'est pourquoi le Comité contre la Torture va condamner la France pour les MGI

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

En anglais:
14 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...
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

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

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)

Sunday 17 July 2016

La France questionnée sur les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes par le Comité pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes

Madame la Ministre n'aime pas les droits humains des intersexes: Laurence Rossignol nie les mutilations quotidiennes au Palais des Nations, Genève 09.07.2016

IGM = Hamful PracticeZwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookC'est le tour de la France pour l'examen sur les pratiques MGI à la 64ème Session du Comité de l'ONU pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes (CEDAW).
StopIGM.org rapporte live
des audiences à
Genève le Vendredi
7 Juillet 2016 10-13h CET + 15-17h CET (videos disponibles via treatybodywebcast.org), y compris des Transcriptions Inofficielles des Questions et Réponses sur l'Intersexuation:

Session 1: 10-13h

La 1ière session conclu sans avoir abordée la question des intersexes.

Session 2: 15-17h

16:22h: Enfants intersexes! A propos des "pratiques préjudiciables" l'éxperte du Comité Louiza Chalal veut savoir:
>>> Vidéo France II @ 1:18:12-1:18:30  :-)

« Le cas des enfants intersexes nous interpelle. Comptez-vous prendre des mesures appropriées y compris législatives pour éliminer les pratiques préjudiciables que subissent ces enfants et garantir leur droit à l'intégrité physique? »

16:47h: Madame la Ministre Laurence Rossignol, Ministre des Familles, de l'enfance et des droits de femmes de la France, se débarrasse des droits humains des intersexes et de son sachet de thé d'un seul coup dans 36 secondes:
>>> Vidéo France II @ 1:46:21-1:47:03  :-(

« Sur les enfants intersexes, sur lesquels j'avais déjà, à propos lesquels j'avais déjà été interrogée lors de l'audition de la France par le Comité des droits de l'enfants au mois de Janvier. C'est un sujet nouveau en France, porté par des groups actifs certes et qui interrogent l'ensemble des paramètres, et en particulier aussi le corps médical. Mon point de vue est que ceci relève de la révision des lois bioéthiques qui aura lieu à partir de 2017. »

Après la session: Nous avons adressé la parole à Madame la Ministre Rossignol et lui avons donné une copie de notre déclaration d'ONG devant le Comité. On lui a demandé si lors de la nouvelle loi sur la bioéthique le Gouvernement Français fera aussi quelque chose contre les mutilations génitales intersexes, une loi pour les interdire. Madame Rossignol nous a répondu qu'elle est que Ministre pour les droits des femmes et qu'elle ne voit pas pourquoi elle devrait s'occuper plus de la question intersexe que le Ministre pour la Santé.

IGM = Harmful PracticeMes 2 cents: Encore une fois "pas de problème ici, mais on va le résoudre l'année prochain", dans ce sujet éternellement "nouveau" – tandis qu’en même temps les mutilations quotidiennes sont permis de continuer librement dans les hôpitaux pour enfants français – quelle surprise!
Heureusement, le comité ne semble pas se faire avoir par ce déni et ces tactiques pour gagner du temps.

On attend alors de nouveau des "Observations Finales" particulièrement fortes – pour la France due le 22 juillet 2016. A suivre …

>>> Mutilations Génitales Intersexes en France: CEDAW Déclaration ONG, 04.07.

>>> Mutilations Intersexes : « Seule la peur du juge va bouger les choses »

MGI = "Pratique Préjudiciable" + "Violence": UN-CRC réprimande la France
Communiqé 29.01.: Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: La France questionnée par UN-CRC
Communiqué de Presse de l'ONU sur la Session avec la France aborde Intersex
 La Ministre Bloque et Detourne - Transcriptions des Questions et Réponses MGI  

MGI = "Traitement Inhumain" + "Torture": UN-CAT réprimande la France
Le Comité de l' ONU contre la Torture questionne la France sur les MGI - Transcriptions
 
« En France, aucune loi protège les enfants intersexes des mutilations quotidiennes »
Communiqué de Presse de l'ONU aborde les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes en France
« Les médecins ignorent consciemment la question des droits des enfants intersexes »
C'est pourquoi le Comité contre la Torture va condamner la France pour les MGI

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

En anglais:
14 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...
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

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

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) 

Sunday 10 July 2016

Communique de l'ONU aborde les Mutilations Genitales Intersexes

IGM = Hamful PracticeZwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> Communiqué de presse de l'ONU du 04.07.2016 sur l'audition des ONG:

« Stop IGM.Org a affirmé que les mutilations génitales intersexes étaient toujours préconisées par des corps médicaux publics, notamment par la Haute Autorité de santé qui prescrit l'amputation partielle du clitoris sur les enfants intersexes dans les premiers mois après la naissance.  Le Gouvernement français doit reconnaître qu'il s'agit d'une question concernant les droits humains, a estimé l'ONG.  Au lieu de supprimer ces mutilations, l'État préfère se concentrer uniquement sur les questions d'état civil et d'identité de genre, qui sont des questions marginales pour les enfants intersexes, selon elle.  Elle a incité le Comité à proposer à la France d'interdire explicitement, en droit, ces pratiques. »

>>> Mutilations Genitales Intersexes: l'ONU interroge la France pour la 3ième fois 

Friday 8 July 2016

France questioned by UN over Intersex Genital Mutilations for 3rd time

UN-CEDAW 64th Session @ Palais des Nations 08.07.2016: Minister Rossignol speaking ...

IGM = Hamful PracticeZwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookToday it's the turn of France to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations at the 64th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Fri 7 July 10-13h CET + 15–17h CET  >>> watch via treatybodywebcast.org
StopIGM.org is reporting LIVE
from Palais des Nations in Geneva, expecting tough questions for France, and another reprimand for IGM at the end of the session.

Session 1: 10-13h

The 1st Session concluded without intersex being broached.

Session 2: 15-17h

16:22h: Intersex children now on! Committee expert Louiza Chalal asks about harmful practices, what measures to guarantee bodily integrity, including legislation? YAY!! (Transcript to follow.)

16:47h: Minister Rossignol answers on intersex children! Refers to CRC ... "new issue" (again!) pushed by groups challenging medical treatment ... bioethical law on "assigning gender" (again!) next year ... (Transcription to follow – also the archived videos should be up soon)

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: CEDAW NGO Statement, 04.07.2016
>>>
France Questioned over IGM Practices by the UN Committee against Torture
>>>
"No law to protect intersex children from the daily mutilations in France”
>>> IGM = "Harmful Practice" + "Violence": UN-CRC Reprimands France
 

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) 

Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: l'ONU interroge la France pour la 3ième fois

La salle XVIII où la France serait questionnée aujourd'hui (photo du 04.07.2016)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Communiqué de Presse par StopIGM.org 08.07.2016:

IGM = Hamful Practice

En Février la France a été condamnée pour les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes par le Comité de l'ONU des Droits de l'Enfant (CRC), suivi par le Comité contre la Torture (CAT) en Mai.

Aujourd'hui la Ministre des Familles, de l'enfance et des droits de femmes Laurence Rossignol doit s'expliquer devant le Comité pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes (CEDAW).

Membres du Comité ont déjà signalé de demander la France des questions sur les pratiques MGI avec le consentement des autorités. >>> voir Rapport ONG (en Anglais)

Daniela Truffer de l'ONG internationale intersex StopIGM.org, en collaboration avec les défenseurs des droits des intersexes Nadine Coquet et Vincent Guillot, a informé le Comité sur les graves violations des droits humains:

« En France jusqu'à aujourd'hui il n'y a aucune loi qui protège les enfants intersexes de ces mutilations quotidiennes. Le gouvernement français refuse de reconnaître que c'est une question qui concerne les droits humains, et celui-ci encadre les MGI comme "questions médicales complexes" qui sont mieux reglées par "l'expertise médicale" des auteurs, qui à leur tour rejettent complètement les critiques des droits humains comme, je cite, "injuste" et "contre-productif". »

« Jusqu'à aujourd'hui, au lieu de supprimer les pratiques MGI, le gouvernement français insiste pour se concentrer uniquement sur des questions d'état-civil et d'identité de genre, questions marginales pour les enfants intersexes. »
>>> lire plus

Les questions du Comité et la réponse du gouvernement français seraient retransmises aujourd'hui 10:00-13:00 et 15:00-17:00h EN DIRECT via treatybodywebcast.org. StopIGM.org suivra l'examen de la France sur place à Genève.

Contexte: l'ONU condamne les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes

Le Comité des Droits de l'Enfant, le Comité contre la Torture et d'autres ont déjà reprimandé la France, l'Allemagne, la Suisse, le Denmark, l'Autriche et l'Irlande, et condamné les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes comme "practice préjudiciable" et "traitement inhumain". Jusqu'à présent l'ONU a condamné les pratiques MGI 14 fois.

Actuellement le Comité pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes (CEDAW) pendant sa 64ième session.

Comme Nadine Coquet, Vincent Guillot et StopIGM.org ont rapporté au Comité, en France aucune protection juridique ou d'un autre ordre ne protège l'intégrité physique et mentale des enfants intersexes, ni leur autonomie ni leur autodétermination, rien n'est fait non plus pour empêcher les opérations chirurgicales non consenties, inutiles médicalement, et irréversibles et les autres traitements nocifs connus sous le nom de Mutilations Génitales Intersexes.

Aujourd'hui, le Gouvernement français, bien qu'il prenne actuellement conscience de ce "sujet très récent", refuse catégoriquement de "prendre des mesures législatives, administratives, judiciaires et autres mesures efficaces" pour protéger les enfants intersexes. Au lieu de cela, il défend l'"expertise" des chirurgiens comme étant la plus adaptée pour "éviter" les pratiques "qui pourraient être perçues plus tard comme des mutilations insoutenables".

Au même moment, toutes les formes de mutilations génitales intersexes demeurent largement répandues et continuent, défendues par les organismes médicaux publics : la "Haute autorité de santé (HAS)", notamment à travers les "Recommandations de bonnes pratiques", et payée par la Sécurité sociale.

Actuellement, tous les grands hôpitaux universitaires, ou les cliniques pédiatriques régionales (y compris, mais pas seulement les "centres de référence pour les maladies rares du développement sexuel") emploient des médecins qui défendent, prescrivent et perpétuent les pratiques mutilantes. 


Le groupe des droits humains international StopIGM.org exige l'interdiction des opérations génitales forcées sur des enfants et adolescents avec des variantes du sexe biologique et "Droits Humains pour les Hermaphrodites aussi!"

Les personnes concernées doivent pouvoir décider eux-mêmes plus tard, s'il veulent des opérations ou pas, et si oui, lesquelles.

Meilleures salutations

Daniela "Nella" Truffer, Markus Bauer
Membres fondateurs de l'ONG internationale StopIGM.org

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

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info

http://StopIGM.org

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: CEDAW NGO Statement, 04.07.2016

>>> Mutilations Intersexes : « Seule la peur du juge va bouger les choses »
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« En France, aucune loi protège les enfants intersexes des mutilations quotidiennes »
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Transcription: Le Comité contre la Torture (CAT) questionne la France sur les MGI
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Communiqué de Presse de l'ONU aborde les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes en France
>>> C'est pourquoi le Comité contre la Torture va condamner la France pour les MGI
  

>>> MGI = "Pratique Préjudiciable" + "Violence": UN-CRC réprimande la France
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Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: La France questionnée par UN-CRC 
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La Ministre Bloque et Detourne - Transcriptions des Questions et Réponses MGI  

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

Voir aussi:
10 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...
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)

Wednesday 6 July 2016

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: CEDAW NGO Statement, 04.07.2016

>>> Français

Photo: Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) delivering the Statement during the NGO Meeting with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at Palais des Nations, Geneva 04.07.216

StopIGM.org: NGO Oral Statement CEDAW France, 04.07.2016 | PDF 

IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!Daniela Truffer:  « I'm co-founder of StopIGM.org, an intersex person and survivor of involuntary sterilising procedures and genital surgery, and speaking on behalf of my french peers.

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France have been considered by both CRC and CAT as “ill-treatment” and “harmful practice”, referring to the CEDAW/CRC Joint general recommendation.

As substantiated in our thematic NGO report [1], in France all forms of IGM practices are still advocated by public medical bodies, namely the High Authority of Health, which prescribes partial clitoris amputation on intersex children “during the first months of life”. IGM practices are paid for by the public health insurance, and are perpetrated in public university and regional children's clinics, et cetera, with impunity.

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

To this day, instead of addressing IGM practices, the French Government insists on focusing on civil status and gender identity issues, which for intersex children are marginal.

I therefore would like to urge the Committee to ask the French delegation tough questions on IGM, and to sternly remind them of France's obligations, namely

  • to “explicitly prohibit by law” IGM practices,

  • to ensure “that the perpetrators and [accessories] are held accountable”,

  • to guarantee that “children subjected to harmful practices” have “equal access to legal remedies and appropriate reparations”,

  • “including by addressing legal and practical barriers to initiating legal proceedings, such as the limitation period”.

Thank you. »

[1]  http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2016-CEDAW-France-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM.pdf

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practic
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
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Monday 4 July 2016

UN > June 2016 > Four More Intersex NGO Reports Denounce IGM in France, Germany, Australia + U.S.A. – France Reviewed This Week!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> Download PDF (0.8 MB)  (Photo: Intersex Protests vs. '1st D$Dnet Training School')

IGM = Hamful Practice

This week it's the turn of France to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations at the 64th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on
Friday 7 July 2016, 10-13h CET + 15-17h  CET    >>> watch live!

IGM practices in France have already been condemned by UN-CRC as a 'harmful practice' (like FGM) and 'violence against children', and by UN-CAT as 'inhuman treatment' punishable as Torture.

And even better: This isn't by far the last IGM perpetrators and complicit states will get from UN treaty bodies later this year and beyond:

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

NGO Report to the 7th and 8th Periodic Report of France on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

>>>  Download (PDF 2.69 MB)

Compiled by:
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org
Nadine Coquet • Vincent Guillot

This is the first report on IGM as a harmful practice in violation of CEDAW Article 5 in conjunction with General recommendation No. 31, both requiring legislation to end the practice and to ensure access to redress and justice for IGM survivors.
It contains an updated bibliography of human rights bodies verdicts and NGO reports, and 2 case stories of IGM survivors from France.
 

Timetable CEDAW Review of France July 2016:
• NGO Briefing France (public):
Mon 4 July 2016 3 – 4:30 p.m.
• NGO Lunch Time Briefing (closed): Thu 7 July 
• Review of France: Fri 8 July 2016, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. + 3-5 p.m.
   – to be broadcasted live via treatybodywebcast.org!

The Concluding Observations for France, hopefully with a severe reprimand for IGM practices, are due at the end the 64th Session of CEDAW (22 July 2016).

2016 CEDAW Germany NGO Intersex IGM

NGO Report to the 7th and 8th Periodic Report of Germany on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

>>>  Download (PDF 277 kb)

  
Compiled by:
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

In 2009, CEDAW was the first UN treaty body to include intersex in Concluding Observations (though not IGM). Germany now mentioned intersex in their follow-up report, to which this NGO report for the List of Issues (LoI) to be formulated during the Committee's Pre-Sessional Working Group (25 Jul 2016 - 29 Jul 2016) relates.
Review of Germany: Upcoming 66th CEDAW Session (13 Feb 2017 – 03 Mar 2017)
The Concluding Observations for Germany hopefully with a severe reprimand for IGM practices are due at the end the 66th Session (03 March 2017).

[NGO Report to the List of Issues Prior to Reporting for 6th Periodic Report of the Unites States of America on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)]

>>> Download as PDF (282 kb)

Compiled by:
interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth

The 59th Session of the Committee against Torture (CAT) taking place 07 Nov 2016 - 07 Dec 2016 will compile a List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LoIPR) for the forthcoming 6th State Report of the USA due on 28 Nov 2018. Above NGO report documents the ongoing practice and calls for tough questions for the U.S. on IGM.
InterAct already reported on intersex to the 53rd CAT Session (2014), however the Concluding Observations didn't mention intersex then.

[NGO Report to the List of Issues Prior to Reporting for 6th Periodic Report of Australia on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)]

>>> Download as PDF (265 kb)

Compiled by:
OII Australia

The 59th Session of the Committee against Torture (CAT) taking place 07 Nov 2016 - 07 Dec 2016 will compile a List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LoIPR) for the forthcoming 6th State Report of Australia due on 28 Nov 2018. Above NGO report documents the ongoing practice and calls for tough questions for Australia on IGM.
OII Australia already reported on intersex to the 53rd CAT Session (2014), however the Concluding Observations didn't mention intersex then.

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practic
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
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Intersex advocates: UN right to reprimand UK + Nepal for IGM and Bullying

L.t.r.: Holly Greenberry (IntersexUK), Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org), Juan Méndez (UN Special Rapporteur on Torture), Mauro Cabral (Justicia Intersex), Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org), Geneva 12.03.2014 (Photo: André du Plessis)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org 10.06.2016

IGM = Hamful Practice

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reprimanded the UK + Nepal for facilitating Intersex Genital Mutilations, which the Committee views as a ‘harmful practice’ and ‘violence against children’, obliging both states ‘to explicitly prohibit by law and adequately sanction or criminalize’ IGM practices, and in addition obliging Nepal to combat ‘the high levels of stigma and discrimination faced by intersex children’ particularly in schools. Intersex human rights defenders on the publication of the Committee's binding ‘Concluding observations’:

Esan Regmi and Parsu Ram Rai (Blue Diamond Society, Nepal):

‘The Intersex community of Nepal would like to appreciate the recommendation made on 9th of June 2016 by CRC, but now we have to see how the government of Nepal would take it into account as it's the first time that intersex human rights violations in Nepal are addressed by a UN Committee.’

Daniela Truffer and Markus Bauer (Co-founders StopIGM.org):

‘For the first time the Committee considered not only involuntary unnecessary surgery on intersex children as a harmful practice, but also incidents of massive bullying of intersex children in schools, thanks to brave testimonies from Nepal.

It is intolerable how both the UK and the Nepali government, when confronted by the Committee with the lifelong severe pain and suffering caused by intersex genital mutilations, simply tried to shrug off their responsibility by quickly changing the subject to identity and civil registration issues instead. Same goes for the deafening silence of the media in the face of the serious human rights violations of intersex children perpetrated in NHS clinics. While virtually any newly established unisex toilet or civil status policy is counterfactually portrayed around the globe as an alleged ‘breakthrough for intersex’, when it comes to IGM, governments and the media merely look the other way, despite so far 14 reprimands by UN treaty bodies.’

Holly Greenberry and Dawn Vago (Co-directors IntersexUK):

‘We thank the UNCRC for the detailed examination of intersex abuses against children in the UK; and recognising that these and other harmful practices still continue and need to be stop. Intersex children need to be safe guarded and legal protection secured within UK and also the protective characteristic of intersex people should be clearly defined as a protective characteristic. IntersexUK is thankful for the disclosure of fact from numerous intersex individuals who bravely articulated their lived intersex treatment and experiences which formed part of the report.

We are thankful that it has been uncovered that such practices are not historic, but are current within the NHS, and this leads to an urgent need for cross party action. The NHS treatment of intersex children includes genital mutilations, gonadectomies and other harmful practice without the fully informed consent of the person.

We welcome the denouncement of genital mutilations on healthy intersex children as a crime. We welcome and value the recommendations from the CRC especially in acknowledging that FGM and IGM are fundamentally one and the same. We commit to working with cross party representatives on these binding conclusions.’

StopIGM.org, IntersexUK, the UK Intersex Association and intersex advocates Leslie Jaye, Esan Regmi and Parsu Ram Rai demand the prohibition of forced genital surgeries on children and adolescents with variations of sex anatomy and ‘Human rights for hermaphrodites too!’

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

Kind regards

Daniela "Nella" Truffer    +41 76 398 06 50
Markus Bauer    +41 78 829 12 60
Founding members international intersex NGO StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

Contact IntersexUK: info_at_intersexuk.org
Contact UK Intersex Association: +44 78 3119 6143

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info
http://StopIGM.org

>>> That's why the UK is reprimanded for Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN-CRC

Intersex Genital Mutilations in the UK: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  A Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB) 

Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal
1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
3.  Denial of Needed Health Care      4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation
   

VIDEO  Intersex Mutilators in Scotland!
4th I-D$D Symposium, Glasgow 2013
Thanks to Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain)

>>> on Vimeo

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practic
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
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 12 June 2016

Gay Star News: 'Genital Mutilation of UK intersex people on NHS'

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

>>> Great article on Gay Star News by Tris Reis-Smith about the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) reprimanding the UK and Nepal. Even better, they're staying on the ball: ‘GSN has asked the UK’s Department of Health and Nepal’s Ministry of Health to comment and is awaiting a response.’  THANKS!!!

>>> Genital mutilation on the NHS: UN reprimand UK + Nepal
>>>
That's why the UK is reprimanded for Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN-CRC

Intersex Genital Mutilations in the UK: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  A Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB) 

Saturday 11 June 2016

UK Intersex Association welcomes UN verdict on IGM in UK

Photo: Dr Jay Hayes-Light (UKIA) addressing the Scottish Equality Network

>>> Genital mutilation on the NHS: UN reprimand UK + Nepal

IGM = Hamful Practice

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

‘The UK Intersex Association (UKIA) adds their voice and support from the UK and our Associated organisations in 25 other countries. UKIA is a research and education organisation and can confirm from our experience that IGM is both physically and mentally harmful, with the potential to affect an individual's sense of self, personal confidence and ability to integrate fully into society.

We and many others who have in-depth knowledge and experience of intersex conditions are in agreement that a child born intersex is first and foremost a child, with potential to develop along the same pathway as any other child and unwarranted, non-medically necessary surgery with associated post-surgical complications and follow-up examinations can and often does, affect the ability of  many such children to fully develop into a self-confident adult.

CURRENTLY, non medically neccessary IGM is legally sanctioned in several countries depite evidence that it can be defined as abuse. Such practices must be stopped.

Dr. Jay Hayes-Light
Director - UK Intersex Association

>>> Genital mutilation on the NHS: UN reprimand UK + Nepal
>>> That's why the UK is reprimanded for Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN-CRC

Intersex Genital Mutilations in the UK: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  A Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB) 

Thursday 9 June 2016

Genital mutilation on the NHS: UN reprimand UK + Nepal

Photo: Intersex Protest + Open Letter vs. GOSH, UCHL, RCSE + 'ISHID' Genital Mutilators, London 18.09.2011

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org 09.06.2016

IGM = Hamful Practice

StopIGM.org, IntersexUK, The UK Intersex Association, UK intersex advocate Leslie Jaye and Nepali intersex advocates Esan Regmi and Parsu Ram Rai warmly welcome today's binding ‘Concluding Observations’ by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) reprimanding the UK + Nepal over Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM):
UK:
CRC/C/GBR/CO/5, DOCX, on Intersex: p. 10–11, paras. 45–46
Nepal: CRC/C/NPL/CO/3-5, DOCX, on Intersex: p. 10–11, par. 41–42

IGM = ‘Harmful practice’ + ‘Violence against children‘

While both the UK and Nepal flatly denied the ongoing mutilations of intersex children (and tried to change the subject to (trans-)gender and civil status issues instead), the Committee didn't let the wool to be pulled over their eyes. But instead twice more denounced IGM as a serious crime in blatant violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and constituting a ‘harmful practice’ (just like FGM) and ‘violence against children’, referring to art. 24 para. 3 CRC in conjunction with the CRC/CEDAW Joint general comment No. 18/31 'on harmful practices’, which specifically oblige states ‘to explicitly prohibit by law and adequately sanction or criminalize harmful practices’. 

StopIGM.org particularly appreciates the Committee obliging the UK to ‘Ensure that no one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood’ and to ‘Provide redress to the victims of such treatment’, as well as to ‘guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination‘  to intersex children, and to ‘provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support’.

And we particularly appreciate that the Committee also made the same binding recommendations on IGM to Nepal plus, addressing ‘The lack of awareness of issues related to intersex children in Nepal and the high levels of stigma and discrimination faced by intersex children’, in addition obliged Nepal to ‘Conduct awareness-raising campaigns to combat stigma and discrimination against intersex children and to ‘Ensure that intersex children have access to identity documents that correspond with the sex/gender identity of their choosing’.

These latest binding recommendations on intersex mark the 13th and 14th time that a UN treaty body condemns IGM practices and reprimands a State party for complicity in these serious human rights violations. UN-CRC has consistently recognised IGM as a ‘harmful practice’ and ‘violence against children’, and already reprimanded Ireland, France, Chile and Switzerland.

'Until such time as there is a change in the law, we remain happy to undertake clitoral reduction surgery' Dr I. Mushtaq (NHS, GOSH, UCL)

For the 72nd CRC session, intersex NGOs StopIGM.org, IntersexUK, the UK Intersex Association, UK intersex advocate Leslie Jaye and Nepali intersex advocates Esan Regmi and Parsu Ram Rai documented corroborating evidence for ongoing human rights violations of intersex children in both countries, including personal testimonies of IGM survivors.

We demand the prohibition of forced genital surgeries on children and adolescents with variations of sex anatomy and "Human rights for hermaphrodites too!"

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

Kind regards

Daniela "Nella" Truffer    +41 76 398 06 50
Markus Bauer    +41 78 829 12 60
Founding members international intersex NGO StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

Contact IntersexUK: info_at_intersexuk.org
Contact UK Intersex Association: +44 78 3119 6143

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info
http://StopIGM.org

>>> That's why the UK is reprimanded for Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN-CRC

Intersex Genital Mutilations in the UK: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  A Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB) 

Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal
1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
3.  Denial of Needed Health Care      4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation

  

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

>>> on Vimeo

VIDEO Action vs. 'I$HID' Live Mutilators!
IV ISHID World Congress, London 2011
Thanks to Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain

>>> on Youtube  
 

14 Reprimands: The UN Condemn Intersex Genital Mutilations

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

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

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

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

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

The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) likewise recognises IGM practices as constituting at least 'inhuman treatment' in violation of the Convention against Torture, and since 2011 has reprimanded Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong and France.

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) also considers IGM as 'inhuman treatment' and since 2015 has reprimanded Germany and Chile.

In all above 14 verdicts, the Committees issued binding recommendations to take legislative action to end the practice and to ensure access to redress and justice for IGM survivors.

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

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Wednesday 8 June 2016

VIDEO: Intersex Genital Mutilations in Scotland

>>> 09.06.2016: UN-CRC reprimanded UK + Nepal for IGM!  

Glasgow, 09.06.2013: Intersex Protest #7 vs. '4th I-DSD Symposium' | Open Letter (PDF) 
>>> Video filmed during the protests, courtesy of Richard Duncker, featuring Claudia Kasper, Daniela "Nella" Truffer and Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org). Many thanks!
UPDATE: Part of this video was featured on ABC Nightline (via youtube).

Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation!FOR THE MUTILATORS, international 'D$D' or rather IGM conferences are usually a bit like a paid holiday. They get to travel, sightseeing, shopping, as well as meeting fellow mutilators. Not to mention the everlasting academic pissing contests, which IGM clinics and clinicians snipped, and snapped, and published the most and the bestest. All paid for. No wonder are so many mutilators always looking forward to next year's IGM destinations!

Unless they find themselves confronted by fierce nonviolent protesters picketing their prestigious meetings – all day long, all conference long – whenever they come or leave or go for a smoke, they have to face the facts that their crimes are being noticed. That survivors are NOT happy. That these facts are becoming better reported in the media, better known in the public, and better recognised by human rights bodies. How surprisingly many of their peers appreciate and support the concerns at the heart of the protests. 

While there's still only a small group of survivors and supporters undertaking the hardships and exposure associated with nonviolent protests, and we obviously can't cover all IGM conferences and meetings, still the mutilators can never be too sure when and where to expect confrontation next – as well as being challenged inside their playgrounds, too!

It's important putting up the pressure on the perpetrators. On all levels. Left to their own devices, the mutilators will never stop ...

>>>  '4th I-D$D' Protests in Glasgow: PHOTO REPORT 

Intersex Genital Mutilations in the UK: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  A Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB) 

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

>>> Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium 2013' (PDF)
>>> 'I-DSD' Glasgow: 'Cruel and inhuman' surgeries - Press Release 07.06.2013

Tuesday 7 June 2016

That's why the UK will be reprimanded for Intersex Genital Mutilations by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

'Until there is a change in the law, we'll continue cutting'  - Dr I. Mushtaq (GOSH, UCL)
Photo: Nonviolent intersex protest @ Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, 18.09.2011

>>> Press Release 09.06.2016: “IGM on the NHS” – UNCRC reprimands UK + Nepal 
>>>
Press Relase 25.05.2016: "UN to question UK for Intersex Genital Mutilations"

IGM = Hamful Practice

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

This week it's the turn of the UK to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations at the 72nd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Mon 23 May 15–18h CET [UK: 2-5pm] + Tue 24 May 10–13h CET [UK: 9am-noon].      >>>  watch live!
UN-CRC recognises IGM as a 'harmful practice'
(like FGM) and as 'violence against children', has recently reprimanded Ireland, France, Chile and Switzerland, and only last week questioned Nepal over IGM practices.

>>> StopIGM.org is reporting live from the 72nd session in Geneva, expecting tough questions also for the UK, and both the UK and Nepal to be reprimanded by June 3rd9th.

While the Government and the NHS are quick to deny the ongoing practice, a collaborative Intersex NGO report to the Committee documents damning evidence on the most common forms of IGM and moving testimonies by IGM survivors in the UK:

NGO Report to the 5th Periodic Report of the United Kingdom on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

 
>>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB)

   
Compiled by:
StopIGM.org • ISUK • OII-UK • UKIA
 
 
Some of the shocking evidence:

Continue reading...

Sunday 5 June 2016

Denial of Needed Health Care: Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepal (3/4)

UPDATE! 09.06.2016: UN-CRC reprimanded Nepal for IGM and Bullying! 

Photo: Fundraiser for Needed Surgery for Intersex Adolescents Arjun (15) + Amar (17)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook This week, at the 72nd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Nepal is first up for review of Intersex Human Rights including the “growing practice of Intersex Genital Mutilations” on Thur 19 May 15:00-18:00h CET [Nepal: 18:45-21:45h] + Fri 20 May 10:00-13:00h CET [Nepal: 12:45-16:45h] – archived on treatybodywebcast.org!
Next week: The UK ...

 
    
TABLE OF CONTENTS “Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal”
     1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
     2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
          a) IGM in Publications by Doctors and Hospitals
          b) IGM in Witnesses Accounts
     3.  Denial of Needed Health Care
     4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation

      Nepal questioned over IGM by UN Child Rights Committee - Gov denies 
 

3.  Denial of Needed Health Care     

“Denial of needed health care” constitutes one of the 17 most common forms of IGM practices described in the 2014 CRC Swiss Thematic Intersex NGO Report (PDF, p. 75), and is substantiated in two of the personal stories (collected on occasion of the 1st Intersex National Workshop and published as e-book) which both illustrate how it compounds stigma and exclusion (see  below 4.).

In Nepal this issue is compounded by general lack of health insurance resulting in additional difficulties for intersex children to gain access to needed health care. 
 

Stories of Intersex People from Nepal
Compiled by: Esan Regmi
Translated by: Parsu Ram Rai
>>>  Download (PDF 932 kb)

 
AMAR CHAUDHARY (p. 17-18)

Born 1996 with ambiguous genitals, raised as a boy.

“I don’t know if it is an omen, my destiny or Karma but my female part doesn’t function properly. I have a constant stream of urine that never stops. My parents initially thought it might fix itself, but this never happened.

Due to my family’s socioeconomic condition we could not afford treatment. Our financial situation was so difficult I did not enroll in school until I was 8 years old.

This was a milestone for me but it was also incredibly difficult. I was teased constantly and humiliated due to the constant strong smell of urine. (17)

Over time my problem got worse and when I was 9 I was taken to Kholpur Hospital in Nepalgunj for treatment. I was admitted for 2 months and prescribed medicine but this didn’t help. Later the doctor told my family that my bladder was not properly formed and recommended me for surgery. But my family could not afford treatment and my father took me back home.

Due to lack of treatment I cannot participate in sport and as my health worsens I find it difficult to walk, stand or sit and I do not sleep well." (18)
 

ARJUN CHIRIMA (p. 21-22)

Born 2001 with ambiguous genitals.

“Since birth I have suffered from a continuous flow of urine from my genitals. My family, initially sought medical treatment for me in the teaching hospital in Kathmandu. The doctor recommended that I undergo surgery, but for this my parents would need to pay almost 3 lakhs Nepali Rupees (about 3000 US$) which they were unable to afford. As a result my family returned home with me without treatment. (21)

However, due to my urinary incontinence and the continuous foul smell of urine, I was teased and most of my classmates disowned me and humiliated me many times. Due to such a hostile and uneasy environment, I was forced to leave school. Even within my wider community I feel rejected as they are not at all happy with the way I was born. My family too receive criticism and are isolated and looked upon differently in my community.” (22)
 

The general problem of lack of access to health care for not rich Nepalis, ascerbating the denial of needed health care for intersex children and adults, and compounding their suffering, is described in a medical publication as follows:

"Almost no health insurance exists in Nepal. Patients and their families are expected to bear the total cost of medical treatment, which often means that they must sell land or borrow money. Added to these costs are other medical supplies required by the patient. This cost of treatment is further compounded for many Nepalese patients, who must travel from their rural communities to the hospital."
Source:
Plastic Surgery International, Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 870902, http://www.hindawi.com/journals/psi/2011/870902/. 
 

>>> DONATE for Intersex Nepalis Arjun (15) + Amar (17) for Needed Health Care

   
TABLE OF CONTENTS “Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal”
    1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
    2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
         a) IGM in Publications by Doctors and Hospitals
         b) IGM in Witnesses Accounts
    3.  Denial of Needed Health Care
    4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation

     Nepal questioned over IGM by UN Child Rights Committee - Gov denies 
 
See also:
11 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...
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

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 in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

09.06.2016: UN to reprimand UK + Nepal for Intersex Genital Mutilations

Update 09.06.2016: DONE!!! Both UK + Nepal sternly reprimanded by UN-CRC! 

Photo: Intersex Protest vs. Royal College of Surgeons of England + 'ISHID' Genital Mutilators, London 18.09.2011

>>> That's why the UK will be reprimanded for Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN-CRC
>>>
Press Release 03.06.2016: Reprimands to UK + Nepal postponed to 09.03.2016

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org 02.06.2016

IGM = Hamful Practice

Tomorrow Friday 3 Thursday 9 June, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will publish its latest binding recommendations. During its 72nd session in Geneva, the Committee expertly questioned both the UK and Nepal over their complicity in serious human rights violations of intersex children, with both State parties failing to provide satisfactory answers. Intersex advocates are expecting both the UK and Nepal to be sternly reprimanded for Intersex Genital Mutilations, plus Nepal additionally for permitting massive bullying of intersex children in schools.

UN-CRC has consistently recognised IGM as a ‘harmful practice’ (like FGM) and as ‘violence against children’, and recently reprimanded Ireland, France, Chile and Switzerland. For the 72nd CRC session, intersex NGOs StopIGM.org, IntersexUK, the UK Intersex Association and Blue Diamond Society Nepal documented corroborating evidence for ongoing human rights violations of intersex children in both countries, including personal testimonies of IGM survivors.

StopIGM.org, IntersexUK, The UK Intersex Association and Leslie Jaye, Esan Regmi and Parsu Ram Rai demand the prohibition of forced genital surgeries on children and adolescents with Variations of Sex Anatomy and "Human Rights for Hermaphrodites too!"

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

Kind regards

Daniela "Nella" Truffer    +41 76 398 06 50
Markus Bauer    +41 78 829 12 60
Founding members StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

Contact IntersexUK: info_at_intersexuk.org
Contact UK Intersex Association: +44 78 3119 6143

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info
http://StopIGM.org  
 

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

>>> on Vimeo

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

>>> on Youtube  
 

Background: IGM Practices in the UK and in Nepal

>>> That's why the UK will be reprimanded for IGM Practices by UN-CRC

On 23–24 May during the review of the UK, a CRC expert addressed IGM facilitated by the NHS under ‘harmful practices’ as ‘harmful treatments’ having ‘very bad effects on those involved, lifelong physical and psychological pain. And I wonder what you would do about this – in fact you directly finance it, the UK government through the public health assurances.’   >>> Full Transcription

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal

During the review of Nepal on 19–20 May, the expert noted non-concensual unnecessary surgery on intersex children ‘being viewed by this committee as a harmful practice’ and criticised the ‘increasing practice’ in Nepal, asking ‘I wonder if you are aware of these issues, because intersex children in your country have informed us that they feel stigmatised and discriminated against, also that they're not given the proper self-determination in these issues.’  >>> Full Transcription

>>> The UN condemn Intersex Genital Mutilations – 12 reprimands so far

During the 72nd CRC session, both the UK and Nepal refused to address the actual questions on IGM, but tried to change the subject, talking about transgender issues or civil status ‘other than male or female’ instead – thus following established patterns of non-disclosure and denial which in the past regularly resulted in particularly stern reprimands for the state parties concerned. UN treaty bodies CAT, CRC and CRPD have issued so far 12 reprimands over IGM practices to Austria, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Switzerland.

Typically, UN treaty bodies oblige complicit states to

(a) take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent non-urgent treatment without informed consent of the person concerned

(b) adopt legal provisions to ensure access to redress and adequate compensation for victims

(c) provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support

Intersex Genital Mutilations in the UK: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  A Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB) 

Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal
1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
3.  Denial of Needed Health Care      4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation
 

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Friday 3 June 2016

Réponse Tribune Libération "Stop aux mutilations des personnes intersexuées"

Témoignages sur MGI, 71ème Session du Comité de l'ONU des droits de l'enfant CRC:
Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org), Vincent Guillot (France), Gavan Coleman (Irlande),
Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org, photo) au Palais des Nations, Genève 12.01.2016

IGM = Hamful PracticeZwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Dans le journal et sur le site de la Libération est paru une tribune excellente d'un collectif de défenseurs des droits des intersexes.

Voilà le commentaire qu'on a envoyé à la rédaction de la Libération:

Réponse Tribune Libération "Stop aux mutilations des personnes intersexuées"
http://www.liberation.fr/debats/2016/05/31/stop-aux-mutilations-des-personnes-intersexuees_1456398

Bravo pour critiquer les mutilations génitales intersexes!

En plus du Comité contre la torture (CAT), aussi le Comité de l'ONU des droits de l'enfant (CRC) a déclaré les mutilations génitales intersexes en France comme "pratique préjudiciable" (comme les mutilations génitales féminines) et comme "violence contre des enfants" et a obligé la France d'"arrêter" les "chirurgies non-nécessaires" sur les enfants intersexués (CRC/C/FRA/CO/5, § 48), se référant à l'art. 24 para 3 CRC en liaison avec la Recommandation générale/Observation générale conjointe no 31 du Comité pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes (CEDAW) et no 18 du Comité des droits de l'enfant (CRC) sur les pratiques préjudiciables (2014).

"Traitements inhumains" (CAT) et "pratiques préjudiciables" (CRC) sont tous deux des importants cadres des droits humains, qui également contiennent des mesures législatives, application de la loi, collecte des données et monitoring.

Déjà 12 fois des organes de traités des Nations Unis on réprimandé des pays pour les mutilations génitales intersexes.

Il est plus que temps d'adresser ces violations graves des droits des personnes et en particulièrement des enfants intersexuées pour ce qu'ils sont: des crimes graves.

Meilleures salutations

Daniela Truffer, Markus Bauer (co-fondateurs StopIGM.org)

Voi aussi:
MGI = "Pratique Préjudiciable" + "Violence": UN-CRC réprimande la France

Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: La France questionnée par UN-CRC
 La Ministre Bloque et Detourne - Transcriptions des Questions et Réponses MGI  
MGI = "Traitement Inhumain" + "Torture": UN-CAT réprimande la France
Le Comité de l' ONU contre la Torture questionne la France sur les MGI - Transcriptions
Mutilations Intersexes : « Seule la peur du juge va bouger les choses »
 
« En France, aucune loi protège les enfants intersexes des mutilations quotidiennes »
Communiqué de Presse de l'ONU aborde les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes en France
« Les médecins français consciemment la question des droits des enfants intersexes »
C'est pourquoi le Comité contre la Torture va condamner la France pour les MGI 

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: CRC NGO Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex? Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 3.41 MB)

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: CAT NGO Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  Inhuman Treatment
>
>>  Download (PDF 3.71 MB)

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 28 May 2016

ARTE Intersex Documentary, Saturday 28 May 18:35 CET + Online

En route to the NGO briefing for the UN Committee against Torture, Geneva 18.04.2016.
L.t.r.: Markus Bauer, Daniela Truffer, Vincent Guillot (Screenshot: ARTE)

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

European station ARTE is showing a 25-minutes intersex ducumentary by Barbara Lohr, Cécile Thullier, Elsa Kleinschmager and Florence Touly >>> watch online (in french/german), partly shot during the CAT review of France, including excerpts from Vincent Guillot's statement at the NGO briefing for CAT before the session on the ongoing Intersex Genital Mutilations in France and the refusal of the Government to address these serious human rights violations (read it in english here).

CAT chairperson and co-rapporteur for France Jens Modvig personally welcomes intersex human rights defenders Vincent Guillot and Daniela Truffer to the NGO briefing, Palais Wilson 18.04.2016. (Screenshot: ARTE)

During the following review of France, Jens Modvig asked the French delegation good questions on intersex. First he criticised «that in France doctors in public and private clinics regularly perform non-consensual Intersex Genital Mutilation surgeries on intersex infants and children despite the fact that Intersex Genital Mutilation has been found to cause severe pain and suffering» and asked about mandatory «counselling services and psychological support [...] [for] intersex children and their parents», and last but not least if France would «intend to take any measures to protect the rights of intersex infants and children».

And after the less than satisfactory reply on intersex by the delegation, Modvig followed up mentioning his own experience as a doctor and remarking, «counselling that would be really useful to put in perspective the early surgery would involve much more neutral facilities, even persons who themselves have been subjected to intersex genital mutilation, so that parents and treatment people to a much larger degree could see the long-term impact of the treatment [...]».

You can read Modvig's statements in full here (Session 1 @ 11:15h and Session 2 @ 16:50h).

CAT member Sapana Pradhan-Malla questioning France over Intersex Genital Mutilations, Geneva 19.04.2016. (Screenshot: ARTE) 

The ARTE docu also features the question to the French delegation by Sapana Pradhan-Malla, including her critique of «the cruel and inhuman treatment of persons with intersex variations in France who are submitted to involuntary masculinising or feminising genital surgeries, sterilising procedures, medical display, and unethical experimentation often during the first years of their life.» You can read Pradhan-Malla's full statement in english here (Session 1 @ 11:30h).

Unfortunately, the film doesn't include CAT's binding recommendations for France, including to «take the necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to guarantee the respect for the physical integrity and autonomy of intersex persons», and «to undertake measures to ensure redress for victims, including adequate compensation». You can read the full binding recommendations in english here.

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: 2016 UN-CAT Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  Inhuman Treatment
>
>>  Download (PDF 3.71 MB) 

See also:
12 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...
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)

Tuesday 24 May 2016

TRANSCRIPTION > UK Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child - Gov Non-Answer + Denial

UN-CRC 72nd Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 23.05.2016, 14:57h CET: Getting ready ...

>>> 09.06.2016: UN-CRC reprimanded UK + Nepal for IGM! 
>>> That's why the UK will be reprimanded for IGM Practices by UN-CRC

IGM = Hamful PracticeZwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookThis week it's the turn of the UK to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations at the 72nd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Mon 23 May 15–18h CET [UK: 2-5pm] + Tue 24 May 10–13h CET [UK: 9am-noon]  >>> see videos here!
StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE [
original full report ] from Palais Wilson in Geneva, expecting tough questions also for the UK, and both the UK and Nepal to be reprimanded by June 3rd.
 

Session 1, Mon 23.05.2016, 15-18h CET   

15:29h: Harmful practices: FGM ...

15:30h: ... and intersex children now!
CRC co-rapporteur Kirsten Sandberg mentions the responsability of the UK state
by directly financing IGM practices. YAY!! :-) Unofficial Transcription:

«Intersex. Intersex children are born with unclear genitals, to put it that way, and there are harmful treatments done to them when they are babies or small children before they are able to consent themselves, and they have very bad effects on those involved, lifelong physical and psychological pain. And I wonder what you would do about this – in fact you directly finance it, the UK government through the public health assurances.»
 

Session 2, Tue 24.05.2016, 10-13h CET   

11:27h: UK delegate Flora Taylor Goldhill (Director for Children, Families and Communities, Department of Health, ctd.) on "transgender health and [...] intersex children"  – yet another evasive Gov non-answer + denial, as per usual lumping together + confusing trans, LBGT, identity and intersex, while at the same time categorically ignoring the daily mutilations facilitated and paid for by the NHS :-(
– a stark reminder
why at the end of the day only legislators will make a difference ... Unofficial Transcription:

«I now want to move on to the issues raised about transgender health and I will also pick up the question that Miss Sandberg raised yesterday about intersex children. As with society more generally, more needs to be done to change the culture within the wider NHS, so that all health care professionals are aware of the specific needs of transgender, non-binary and intersex people.

NHS England has established a clinical reference group for gender identity services comprising experts from different specialities and patient representatives to advise NHS England on clinical issues. The chair of NHS Englands clinical reference groups has worked with the general medical counsel to develop guidance for doctors on the care and treatment of transgender people. This was published on 18th of March 2015.

In Northern Ireland, the RCGP guidelines for the care of trans patients in primary care was published in 2015. For nursing, public health England and the Royal College of Nursing have developed two tool kids for nurses and health practitioners to support the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people.

On intersex children: NHS England are responsible for specialised commissioning which covers this area. They wish to work with stakeholders to improve the services for these children and their families. NHS England are clear that the management of intersex conditions should optimise overall quality of life and that gender assignment interventions in newborns with intersex conditions should be avoided before expert evaluation.

Where babies and children could be described as intersex decisions about when and how to make medical interventions should be taken by clinicians in consultation with the parents of the child, and where possible and the child is older, seeking the views of the child himself or herself or themselves.

NHS England have recognised the need to engage service users and their families on this issue. The commissioning of specialised services by NHS England is heavily informed by expert and stakeholder advise via the clinical reference group that I mentioned. They use their specific knowledge and expertise to advise NHS England on the best way that specialised services should be provided.

NHS England welcomes the involvement of interested people in the work of the clinical reference group and is keen to work with all stakeholders including charities, patient groups, staff from service providers, and commercial organisations. NHS England has recently consulted on the proposals for the future configuration of clinical reference groups, and in spring of 2016 [?] it will publish details of which specialised services fall within each clinical reference groups remit. This will include details of the clinical reference group for specialist gynaecology services for children and young people.»

[ After the session when we spoke to Flora Taylor Goldhill, she first addressed intersex as a gender identity – BINGO! – and then said "it's a new issue". We presented a copy of the intersex NGO report to her, suggesting that if they really want to involve all interested parties they could start by consulting the organisations listed on p. 2 ... ]

>>> Original Full Live Report of the Review of the UK
>>> 09.06.2016: UN-CRC reprimanded UK + Nepal for IGM! 
>>>
That's why the UK will be reprimanded for IGM Practices by UN-CRC

Intersex Genital Mutilations in the UK: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  A Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB)

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Monday 23 May 2016

VIDEO 'It's necessary to say what's going on in children's clinics ...' - Intersex Protests vs. 'I$HID' Live Genital Mutilators in London

>>> 09.06.2016: UN-CRC reprimanded UK + Nepal for IGM!  

Discussion with a participant of 'ISHID 2011' outside UCH Education Centre, London

@ 5:35 '... that genital mutilation is also done in our western countries.'

Claudia Kasper and Daniela "Nella" Truffer bearing witness to non-consensual genital surgeries committed on them as children, and about the impact of these gross human rights violations on their lives.

Made on occasion of the protests vs. the infamous 'Live Genital Mutilations' perpetrated during the last day of the 'IV I$HID World Congress' on 17–19 September 2011 in London. Video courtesy of Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain). Many thanks! 

>>> VIDEO      >>> 'I$HID 2011' Protests     >>> 'I$HID 2015' Protests

>>> 09.06.16: UN-CRC reprimanded UK + Nepal for IGM!
>>> That's why the UK will be reprimanded for IGM by UN-CRC

Intersex Genital Mutilations in the UK: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  A Harmful Practice
>
>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB) 

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

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB) 

Friday 20 May 2016

TRANSCRIPTION > Nepal Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child - Gov Denies + Deflects

Head of Nepali Delegation replies to first round of questions, Palais Wilson 19.05.2016
(Lower right corner: Kirsten Sandberg, Committee Co-Rapporteur on Nepal)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Fri 20 May 10:00-13:00h CET [Nepal: 12:45-16:45h] at the 72nd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Nepal ‘answered’ the CRC's questions about Intersex Human Rights including the “growing practice of Intersex Genital Mutilations”  videos now archived on treatybodywebcast.org. Unofficial Transcription below:
[ Next week,
it will be the turn of the UK ... ]

   IGM = Hamful Practice “Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal”
   1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
   2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
        a) IGM in Publications by Doctors and Hospitals
        b) IGM in Witnesses Accounts
   3.  Denial of Needed Health Care
   4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation
  
 

Session 2, Fri 20.05.2016, 10-13h CET   

10:11h: The live transmission is now on! Nepali delegation already answering ... Currently health and education expert talking.

11:03h: First round of answers over, no reply on intersex yet. Now follow-up questions by CRC members.

11:30h: 15 minutes intermission

11:46h: Session resumed. Still about "child marriage"

12:03h: Kirsten Sandberg repeats question on intersex children, highlights the apparent rise of involuntary surgery. YAY!! :-)

“Thank you. I would just like to repeat my question from yesterday about intersex children, children born with unclear genitals, and it seems there is an increasing practice in your country of subjecting them to some kind of surgery when they are really infants, and without, well, the parents consented, they get the parent's consent, but this need not be done until children are much older and may be able to give their own consent or their view on this. And I wonder if this is an issue that you've at all discussed in your country.”

12:08h: Madhu Prasad Regmi, Secretary of Ministry for Women, Children and Social Welfare and Head of Nepali delegation, "replies" on intersex children as per usual simply ignores IGM, but deflects to "anti-discrimination measures" and civil status "other than male or female"BINGO! :-(

“One question still seems to be unanswered, it is about the intersex children. Yeah, the constitution has adopted the principal of non-discrimination based on sex or the religion or cast, ethnicity or origin or any other type. So there will be no discrimination against any person based on gender or ethnicity or anything else. And I would just like to kindly inform, kindly draw her attention that the government of Nepal has recently initiated to provide citizenship certificate, even passports and [incomprehensible] id card by explicitly mentioning the gender other than male and female. So that is also we have recently started the practice. That is what I would like to say, the answer of her question. Thank you.”

12:19h: No more follow-up questions by Committee members – involvement of children in armed conflicts under the optional protocol now – so, re: intersex that was probably that.

12:35h: Chairperson closes public session – and we're hoping for strong Concluding Observations on intersex children for Nepal!
    

Session 1, Thu 19.05.2016, 15-18h   

Ca. 15:04h: CRC Chairperson Benyam Dawit Mezmur opens the session.

Ca. 16:00h:  First round of questions finished … While questions were asked about harmful practices (e.g. about forced marriage), no questions on intersex so far …

17:40h: Kirsten Sandberg,
CRC Co-Rapporteur on Nepal,
raises intersex children!
YAY!!! 

“To intersex children, which is also related to medical issues, but is also being viewed by this committee as a harmful practice, when intersex children are exposed to medically unnecessary procedures at an early age before they can voice their own views. I wonder if you are aware of these issues, because intersex children in your country have informed us that they feel stigmatised and discriminated against, also that they're not given the proper self-determination in these issues.”

The replies on intersex by the Nepali delegation are due tomorrow during the 2nd Session, Fri 20 May 10-13h CET. To be continued ...  

 
 
IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!  “Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal”
   1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
   2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
        a) IGM in Publications by Doctors and Hospitals
        b) IGM in Witnesses Accounts
   3.  Denial of Needed Health Care
   4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation
 

See also:
11 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...
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

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 in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Thursday 19 May 2016

Stigma, Bullying and Isolation: Intersex in Nepal (4/4)

UPDATE! 09.06.2016: UN-CRC reprimanded Nepal for IGM and Bullying! 

Photo: 1st Intersex National Workshop, Kathmandu 8-9 February 2016

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook This week, at the 72nd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Nepal is first up for review of Intersex Human Rights including the “growing practice of Intersex Genital Mutilations” on Thur 19 May 15:00-18:00h CET [Nepal: 18:45-21:45h] + Fri 20 May 10:00-13:00h CET [Nepal: 12:45-16:45h] – archived on treatybodywebcast.org!
Next week: The UK ...

 
    
TABLE OF CONTENTS “Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal”
     1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
     2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
          a) IGM in Publications by Doctors and Hospitals
          b) IGM in Witnesses Accounts
     3.  Denial of Needed Health Care
     4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation

      Nepal questioned over IGM by UN Child Rights Committee - Gov denies 
 

4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation    

“[T]here is no understanding of intersex issues in Nepal among the public. The community people think that is the curse of past life and they are not aware of the existence of intersex people in normal life. The community is never aware and there is no such organization to advocate for the Intersex issues in Nepal.”   Source: 2016 CRC Nepal Intersex NGO Report (p. 2)

As the Nepali Intersex NGO Report points out, the taboo of intersex as a natural biological variation in human and animals leads to discrimination and stigma pervading everyday life in Nepal.

Further, a publication by a specialised surgeon indicates that e.g. for Nepali men with hypospadias their penis is considered to render them unfit for marriage despite normal fertility, thus before being able to “seeing girls”, first they would require hypospadias repair surgery” in order to obtain “clearance to go ahead with marriage”.

Last but not least, as each and every one of the personal stories collected on occasion of the 1st Intersex National Workshop and published as e-book substantiates, for Nepali intersex children and adolescents this lack of education of the public results in considerable bullying and isolation particularly in school, in several cases even leading to the child being prevented from finishing school.  

Stories of Intersex People from Nepal
Compiled by: Esan Regmi
Translated by: Parsu Ram Rai
>>>  Download (PDF 932 kb)

Relevant excerpts from the 9 personal stories after the break:

Continue reading...

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals (2/4)

UPDATE! 09.06.2016: UN-CRC reprimanded Nepal for IGM and Bullying! 

“All children underwent tubularized incised plate urethroplasty”  

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook This week, at the 72nd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Nepal is first up for review of Intersex Human Rights including the “growing practice of Intersex Genital Mutilations” on Thur 19 May 15:00-18:00h CET [Nepal: 18:45-21:45h] + Fri 20 May 10:00-13:00h CET [Nepal: 12:45-16:45h] – archived on treatybodywebcast.org!
Next week: The UK ...

 
       TABLE OF CONTENTS “Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal”
       1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
       2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
            a) IGM in Publications by Doctors and Hospitals
            b) IGM in Witnesses Accounts
       3.  Denial of Needed Health Care
       4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation 

       •  Nepal questioned over IGM by UN Child Rights Committee - Gov denies  

2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals

SUMMARY: Despite that the 1st Intersex National Workshop identified “Intersex genital mutilation as a growing practice in Nepal” and recommended to “Prohibit medically unnecessary surgery and procedures without informed consent”, seconded by the 2016 NGO Report to CRC, no research or documentation on IGM practices in Nepal could be found.

While far from exhaustive, this section thus collects evidence, so far substantiating

  • IGM1 “Masculinising Genital Corrections” incl. “Hypospadias Repair” regular practiced in at least 2 Nepali children's clinics in Kathmandu and Basundhara, as well possibly also in non-paediatric clinics in other regions
  • the recently achieved capability for laparoscopic gonadectomies a.k.a IGM3 Sterilising Procedures in at least 1 children's clinic in Kathmandu
  • doctors and clinics openly advertising IGM1 as beneficient and safe, and aiming to expand the practice within the (positive) overall drive to allow more children access to (necessary) paediatric treatments

Witness accounts from Nepal further link IGM1 to 2 additional Government and University Children's Clinics in Kathmandu and Dhulikel.

a) IGM in Publications by Nepali Doctors and Hospitals

Kanti Children’s Hospital (Kathmandu):
IGM 1 “Hypospadias Repair”
• Capability for IGM3 Sterilising Procedures (“Laporoscopic Gonadectomy”).
Source:
Hospital Homepage, http://kantichildrenhospital.gov.np/paedratic-surgery/ 

"We have started performing Snodgra[ss] TIP Urethroplasty for proximal penile hypospadias"

"We feel proud to mention that we have started dedicated pediatric laparoscopic surgical services this year."

"Facilities available at surgical unit:
    [...]
    Pediatric Laparoscopic Surgery.
    Pediatric Urology. [...]"

Kanti Government Children’s Hospital (Kathmandu) and BP Smriti Hospital (Basundhara):
• IGM 1
“Hypospadias Repair” practiced regularly
Source:
Journal of Nepal Paediatric Society, J Nepal Paediatr Soc 2014;34(1):29-33, http://www.nepjol.info/index.php/JNPS/article/view/8692 

"A total of 46 male children 18 months to 10 years age with penile hypospadias were included in this study from January 2011 to January 2013 in Kanti Children’s Hospital and BP Smriti Hospital. Only distal and mid penile hypospadias with good and wide urethral plate were included. All children underwent tubularized incised plate urethroplasty described by Snodgrass. Hypospadias with moderate to severe chordee were excluded."

“Each patient was assessed on the 8th-10th postoperative day after removal of the catheter and during their first follow-up on two weeks after discharge. Assessment was done on the basis complications like urethrocutaneous fistula, meatal stenosis, cosmetic look of penis and glans and urinary stream.”

"The overall complication rate requiring surgical intervention was 8 (17.3%). Mean duration of surgery was 66 minutes (60-80 minutes). Urethrocutaneous fistula occurred in 5 (10.8%), meatal stenosis in 1 (2.1%) and wound dehiscence in 2 (4.3%) patient."

“Tubularized incised plate urethroplasty is a simple, single stage surgery for distal hypospadias. It gives good functional neourethra of normal looking glans and meatus with a low rate of complications like urethrocutaneous fistula, stricture. It is our preferred method of repairing distal and midpenile hypospadias in our institution.”

N O T E :  This articles gives NO INDICATION at all of any mean follow-up time! Arguably follow-time was in maximum the 24 months of the study – with severe and dangerous complications, particularly urethral strictures and stenoses, drastically increasing only later in life ...

B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (Dharan)
• IGM 1 “Hypospadias Repair” practiced regularly
[on persons of unkown age, see  N O T E  below]
Source: Plastic Surgery International, Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 870902, http://www.hindawi.com/journals/psi/2011/870902/

"B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal, is the only tertiary care referral centre in the eastern region of Nepal. This paper discusses the author’s experience of starting a plastic surgery unit in eastern Nepal regarding need and present status of plastic surgery care in Nepal. Methods. We analyzed the data of patients treated in Plastic surgery unit from July 2007 to February 2009. We did evaluation regarding type of patients, procedures, and their outcome."

“Other congenital anomalies included clefts [1] and hypospadias [2] hands and foot anomalies (Figure 4).”
 

Table 4: Details of various plastic surgery procedures.
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  
Cleft    n = 7
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  
Cleft lip repair    4
Palatoplasty    1
cleft lip nose rhinoplasty    2
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  
[...]
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  
Genitourinary reconstructions    n = 1 2
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  
Hypospadias repair    8
Penile fracture    1
Filarial scrotum and penis    3
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  
[...]
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  
Hand and upper extremity reconstruction    n = 3 9
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  
[...]
Polydactyly    1
[...]
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  
[...]”

“Our observation shows that the role of plastic surgeon becomes more vital in centres where other specialty services are lacking, as plastic surgeons can handle variety of situations because of their training [2]:
[...]
(vi)  quality management of hypospadias/epispadias patients in absence of urosurgeons/paediatric surgeons,
[...]

There is increasing demand for plastic surgery services because of growing public awareness for complete cure, reduction of morbidity, and limitation of deformity which indirectly helps in productivity of population. [...]”

N O T E :  The article doesn't contain any reference to actual outcomes of the “Hypospadias repair,” nor to the age of the “patients”. The grouping together with “clefts [1] and [...] hands and foot anomalies (Figure 4)” however may indicate an increased probability of involuntary treatments on children.
 

b) IGM in Witnesses Accounts

Esan Regmi and Parsu Ram Rai, the authors of the Thematic Intersex NGO Report to CRC, reported during a skype interview on 16.05.2015 that, while visiting the hospitals in question as patients, witnesses personally known to them recently learned of further cases of IGM1 “Masculinising Surgeries” in the following clinics:

  • Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University Hospital (Dulikel):
    3 children (aged 20 months, 5 years, and 7 years)
  • National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital (Kathmandu):
    1 child
    (aged 13 years)


   TABLE OF CONTENTS “Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal”
   1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
   2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
        a) IGM in Publications by Doctors and Hospitals
        b) IGM in Witnesses Accounts
   3.  Denial of Needed Health Care
   4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation 

   •  Nepal questioned over IGM by UN Child Rights Committee - Gov denies 
 

See also:
11 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...
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

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 in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Monday 16 May 2016

Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal (1/4)

UPDATE! 09.06.2016: UN-CRC reprimanded Nepal for IGM and Bullying! 

Photo: 1st Intersex National Workshop, Kathmandu 8-9 February 2016

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook This week, at the 72nd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Nepal is first up for review of Intersex Human Rights including the “growing practice of Intersex Genital Mutilations” on Thur 19 May 15:00-18:00h CET [Nepal: 18:45-21:45h] + Fri 20 May 10:00-13:00h CET [Nepal: 12:45-16:45h] – archived on treatybodywebcast.org!
Next week: The UK ...
  

    TABLE OF CONTENTS “Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal”
    1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
    2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
         a) IGM in Publications by Doctors and Hospitals
         b) IGM in Witnesses Accounts
    3.  Denial of Needed Health Care
    4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation
     •   Nepal questioned over IGM by UN Child Rights Committee - Gov denies 
 

1.  Background: Intersex National Workshop, Intersex Stories Book,
     2016 CRC NGO Report

    

1st Intersex National Workshop, Kathmandu 2016
Sharing Stories • Key Human Rights Issues • Recommendations 
>>>  via medium.com

On 8-9 February, a meeting of 13 intersex adolescents and adults from across Nepal took place, where they shared their stories and exchanged with representatives from the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal (NHRC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF, as well as with legal experts.

Key Human Rights Issues identified include:  

  • Intersex genital mutilation as a growing practice in Nepal
  • Lack of access to necessary health care
  • Lack of information and access to reproductive health
  • Bullying and isolation in schools

Key Recommendations include:  

  • Prohibit medically unnecessary surgery and procedures without informed consent
  • Ensure training for medical professionals on the health care needs and human rights of intersex people
  • Ensure counselling and support to intersex people and their families
  • Support and implement awareness raising activities on intersex issues throughout Nepal, including in rural areas and in schools

“The meeting culminated with a panel session featuring UNICEF, UNDP, the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal as well as the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare [...]

Basudev Bajgain of the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal spoke about how the intersex community [...] are facing discrimination even within the LGBTI community. [...] ”
 

Stories of Intersex People from Nepal
Compiled by: Esan Regmi
Translated by: Parsu Ram Rai
>>>  Download (PDF 932 kb)

This publication includes 9 personal stories of intersex people in Nepal (of about 2 pages each), based upon submissions in writing by intersex persons themselves during the 1st Intersex National Meeting (see above). They substantiate amongst others the following two of the above key issues: Lack of access to necessary health care and Bullying and isolation in schools (for references and quotes, see below 3. and 4.). The book however does not substantiate ”IGM as a growing practice in Nepal” (see below 2.).
  

NGO Report to the 3rd to 5th Periodic Report of Nepal on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
Compiled by: Blue Diamond Society / Esan Regmi and Parsu Ram Rai
>>>  Download (DOCX 29 kb)

“In response to Intersex issues, there is no legal provision in Nepal on any rights towards Intersex Child. [...] Major problem is their identification, stigma, discrimination [...] The community people think that is the curse of past life and they are not aware of the existence of intersex people in normal life. [...] there is no such organization to advocate for the Intersex issues in Nepal.”

In line with the 1st Intersex National Workshop, the report makes the following

Major Recommendations:

  • Freedom to choose their gender identity based on sexual orientation
  • Change in the official documents as per the gender identity (Registration during the birth)
  • Forced treatment in intersex should be banned
  • Stop unnecessary surgical and medical treatment
  • Proper counselling should be done prior pre and posttest as per the need to the children
  • Give intersex people full access to their medical reports
  • Raise public awareness and improve professional trainings about the problems encountered by intersex people

The report contains 1 personal story, which substatiates identification document issues, stigma and bullying (see also below 4.). The report however does not substantiate IGM practices, including Denial of needed health care (see below 2. and 3.). 

The Nepali Intersex NGO Report was supported by an informal >>> Letter of Endorsement and Substantiation (PDF 328 kb) by StopIGM.org to the Task Force on Nepal of Committee on the Rights of the Child, referencing below parts 2., 3. and 4.

On 19–20 May 2016, the Committee on the Rights of the Child questioned Nepal over IGM practices, stigma and discrimination of intersex children, with the head of the Nepali delegation first simply ignoring the question at all, then after a reminder issueing a denial and deflecting to civil status registration "other than male or female".

 
   
TABLE OF CONTENTS “Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal”
    1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
    2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
         a) IGM in Publications by Doctors and Hospitals
         b) IGM in Witnesses Accounts
    3.  Denial of Needed Health Care
    4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation

     Nepal questioned over IGM by UN Child Rights Committee - Gov denies 
 
See also:
11 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...
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

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 in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 15 May 2016

Mauro Cabral: "We need an intersex version of the principles"

Photo: Daniela Truffer (left) holding placard of Mauro Cabral showing his abdominal scars from IGM @ Nonviolent Intersex Protest #4 vs. '5th I-DSD' + 'D$Dnet', Ghent 11.06.2015

IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook >>> Great interview with Mauro Cabral on the Yogyakarta Principles. Unfortunately not mentioned in the article:

In addition to the UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture and Health, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the UN Committee against torture and other UN treaty bodies have SO FAR 11 TIMES reprimanded Governments in Europe, South America and Asia over Intersex Genital Mutilations, each time classifying IGM as a "harmful practice" (just like FGM) or as "inhuman treatment" in breach of the Convention against Torture, insisting all contracting states must "take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures" BOTH to outlaw the practice AND to ensure access of survivors to reparations and justice.

Other international human rights bodies to condemn IGM practices include WHO, UNICEF and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). How much longer?!

See also:
11 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...
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! 

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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 in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
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