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Wednesday 11 July 2018

CEDAW70 > Mexico > Joint Intersex NGO Statement 05.07.2018

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Photo: Intersex statement @ CEDAW70 Mexico private briefing, Geneva 05.07.2018
Background: CEDAW Task Force Mexico members, centre: Task force coordinator and CEDAW Vice-chairperson, Ms. Magalys Arocha Dominguez (Cuba)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookJoint intersex NGO Statement on harmful practices on intersex children in Mexico, presented at the private CEDAW Lunch briefing by an Mexican intersex advocate on behalf of reporting intersex NGOs Brújula Intersexual, Vivir y Ser Intersex and StopIGM.org:
(Wrongly announced as "Transsexual statement" [!] by the Mexican NGO coalition ... when will they ever learn?!)

I'm ..., an intersex woman from Guadalajara Mexico, my diagnosis is congenital adrenal hyperplasia in the salt-losing form, and I am a survivor of Intersex genital mutilation.

I was born with ambiguous genitalia, and before the age of two the first "reduction" of the clitoris was performed with the consent of my mother. From 18 months of age to 22 years I was subjected to 6 "corrective" surgeries to as my doctors called it "retouch my clitoris" and "enlarge my vagina".

I was also submitted to other invasive procedures: constant genital examinations, also in front of student classes, and to vaginal dilations without anaesthesia, to human experimentation and to excessive doses of cortisone that gave me Cushing syndrome as a child and osteroporosis as an adult. All these procedures were paid by the Mexican state through the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) through my father’s insurance until I turned 25.

As a freelance visual artist I’m not able to pay for IMSS coverage myself because this has become much more expensive than at the time of my parents. Only then I eventually realised that for me there are other options than cortisone to stay healthy.

In Mexico there is a very diverse intersex community. Unlike the developed countries a large part of the population don’t have access to specialised medical services, especially rural and indigenous people. Therefore there are many who could escape IGM. I know people from small towns who still have their bodies intact but who suffer from ostracism and discrimination in their communities. Sometimes intersex children are killed after birth.

Some intersex children are unable to attend school due to massive bullying and the failure of schools to prevent it, or because they can’t obtain a birth certificate because of their appearance. Those who actually need intersex specific medication often find it impossible to obtain it.

Of those submitted to Intersex genital mutilation, many are suffering from lifelong consequences, including loss of sexual sensations, pain during sex, and complications requiring more and more surgery.

Something that the whole community suffers is the anxiety and depression that these experiences have left, and due to the lack of awareness of intersex human rights, most of the Mexican intersex community has remained anonymous, that explains why only I am here to testify.

>>> Intersex NGO Report + CEDAW70 Timeline Mexico 

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
32 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Wednesday 27 June 2018

"Fragments. An Intersex Experience" by Adiós Al Futuro 02.07.2018 ApsaraArts Geneva

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Intersex and IGM in Mexico   # UN CEDAW 70
"Fragments. An Intersex experience" (Mexico 2018)
Shortfilm + Talk
with Adiós Al Futuro (Proyecto Intersexual, Mexico)
Daniela Truffer & Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org)
Geneva 2 July 2018
18:30h @ ApsaraArts

Cultural space at the heart of quartier Pâquis
43, rue de Neuchâtel • 1201 Genève
Tram 15 stop Môle (or stop Cornavin and 5min walk)
Bus 1 stop Place de la Navigation 

« it's a cut
I had a catheter
it was extremely painful »

The first week in July, in Geneva the UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW) will examine intersex genital mutilations in Mexico, thanks to a collaborative NGO report from Mexico and Switzerland.

Mexican intersex visual artist Adiós Al Futuro (Proyecto Intersexual) will testify before the Committee, and will present and discuss her short film "Fragments. An Intersex experience" (Mexico 2018, 10 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles) – an unflinching look at IGM in Mexico, partly based on testimony from Mexican NGOs Brújula Intersexual and Vivir y Ser Intersex, co-rapporteurs to CEDAW.

With an introduction to intersex, IGM and human rights at the UN and on a global scale by Daniela Truffer and Markus Bauer, co-rapporteurs for StopIGM.org.

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
32 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Wednesday 6 June 2018

32 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and Counting ...

[ Last updated 06.06.2018 ]

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookThis reguarly updated list collects all reprimands by UN Treaty bodies condemning Intersex Genital Mutilations as a serious violation of non-derogable human rights.

The current count is 32 UN Treaty body reprimands for IGM practices to 20 countries in Europe (11 countries), South America (3), Asia (2), Africa (2) and Oceania (2).

The following is a breakdown of all current reprimands, including the Convention articles and General comments referred to, and links to all binding recommendations in full, followed by total statistic overviews per year, region/country and Treaty body/Convention:

          TABLE OF CONTENTS:
              1.  IGM Practices: UN Reprimands by Treaty Body, Year and Country
    
       2.  Total UN Reprimands for IGM by Year
    
       3.  Total UN Reprimands for IGM by Region and Country
    
       4.  Total UN Reprimands for IGM by Treaty Body / Convention

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

• Committee against Torture (CAT)
   “Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”
(CAT art. 2, 12, 14, 16)
   [General comments No. 2 (implementation of art. 2) + No. 3 (implementation of art. 14)]
   2011: Germany
   2015: Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong
   2016: France

• Committee on the Right of the Child (CRC)
   "Harmful practice”
(CRC art. 24(3) in conjunction with General comment No. 18):
   2015: Switzerland, Chile
   2016: France, Ireland, UK, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa
   2017: Denmark 
   2018: Spain, Argentina  

• Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
   "Exploitation, violence and abuse"
(CRPD art. 16), "integrity of the person” (art. 17):
   2015: Germany
   2016: Chile, Italy, Uruguay 
   2017: UK, Morocco

• Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
   “Harmful practice”
(CEDAW art. 5 in conjunction with General recommendation No. 31):
   2016: France, Switzerland, Netherlands
   2017: Germany, Ireland
   2018: Chile, Luxembourg    

• Human Rights Committee (HRCttee – CCPR)
   “Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”, “harmful practice”,
   “non-consensual medical or scientific experimentation“
(CCPR art. 3, 7, 24, 26)
   2017: Switzerland, Australia 

2.  Total UN Reprimands for IGM by Year

2009:   0   (first intersex NGO report considered by a UN Treaty body)
2010:  
0
2011:
   1
2012:   0
2013:   0
2014:   0
2015:   7   (start of intersex NGO reports by StopIGM.org being considered)
2016: 13
2017:   7   (continued massive instrumentalising and misrepresentation by LGBT NGOs)
2018:   4   (as of 6 June)

3.  Total UN Reprimands for IGM by Region and Country

Europe (11 countries, 21 reprimands):
Switzerland (4 reprimands), France (3), Germany (3), Ireland (2), UK (2), Denmark (2), Austria (1), Italy (1), Netherlands (1), Spain (1), Luxembourg (1)

South America (3 contries, 5 reprimands):
Chile (3 reprimands), Uruguay (1), Argentina (1)

Asia (2 countries, 2 reprimands):
Hong Kong (1 reprimand), Nepal (1)

Africa (2 countries, 2 reprimands):
South Africa (1 reprimand), Morocco (1)

Oceania (2 countries, 2 reprimands):
New Zealand (1 reprimand), Australia (1)

4.  Total UN Reprimands for IGM by Treaty Body / Convention

Committee on the Right of the Child (CRC): 11
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW): 7
Committee against Torture (CAT): 6
Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): 6
Human Rights Committee (HRCttee / CCPR): 2

Hermaphrodites With Attitude, Boston 26.10.1996This list was first published on IAD 2016: On 26 October, Intersex People, Survivors, Partners, Families, Friends and Allies around the globe celebrate Intersex Awareness Day, commemorating the very first INTERSEX PROTEST in Boston in 1996 against the Annual Convention of the American Academy of Padiatrics (AAP), and in support of over 20 Years of Organised Struggle to End INTERSEX GENITAL MUTILATIONS.

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Sunday 27 May 2018

Communiqué de presse de l'ONU sur le refus de l'Argentine de reconnaître les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes

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Un récent >>> Communiqué de presse de l'ONU sur l'examen de l'Argentine fait mention des questions du Comité et des (non-)réponses de la délégation Argentine sur les mutilations génitales intersexes (MGI) lors de la 78ème session du Comité des droits de l'enfant (CDE), affirmant faussement que la pratique médicale préjudiciable involontaire n'aurait plus lieu en Argentine, et niant en outre tout obstacle à l'accès à la justice et à la réparation pour les survivants des MGI en Argentine :

« Examen du rapport

Questions et observations des membres du Comité

[…] Une autre experte a demandé si des mesures avaient été prises pour prévenir les actes chirurgicaux qui visent à donner un sexe spécifique à un nouveau-né avant que cet enfant ait pu exprimer son souhait à cet égard.  […]

Présentation du rapport

Réponses de la délégation

[…] Un enfant sur 4000 naît sans que son sexe puisse être déterminé, a poursuivi la délégation.  Les personnels concernés doivent alors fournir des informations adéquates aux parents.  Ces dernières années, les opérations chirurgicales aux conséquences irréversibles ont été repoussées – sauf si la vie de l’enfant est en danger – afin d’attendre que l’enfant ait atteint un âge où il puisse donner son avis et faire part de son souhait quant au sexe qu’il désire.  Des enfants qui auraient subi une intervention chirurgicale sans leur consentement ont toujours la possibilité de porter plainte en justice, a ajouté la délégation. […] »

>>> VIDEO: Argentina questioned by UN Committe on the Rights of the Child

See also:
31 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
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) condems IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
UN Women's Rights Committe (CEDAW) 2016: IGM = Harmful Practice

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 20 May 2018

UN Press Release on Argentina's Denial of Intersex Genital Mutilations

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A recent >>> UN Press Release on the review of Argentina reports the Committee questions and the Argentinian Delegation's (non-)answers on Intersex Genital Mutilations during the 78th CRC Session, falsely claiming involuntary harmful medical practice would no longer take place in Argentina, and further denying any obstactles to access to justice and redress for IGM survivors in Argentina:

« Questions by the Committee Experts

[...] KIRSTEN SANDBERG, Committee Expert and Rapporteur for Argentina, [...] further inquired about measures taken to avoid any medical treatment to assign sex to children before they could assert their own autonomy in that respect. [...]

Replies by the Delegation

[...] Regarding the issue of intersex children’s surgical procedures, in order to prevent unwanted interventions, an interdisciplinary medical team could declare that no surgery could take place on intersex babies in the perinatal stage.  In certain situations, if a procedure was required, doctors would seek the least invasive route.  Also, the delegate continued, no surgeries would be conducted on intersex children until they declared their perceived sex themselves and determined what sort of hormonal treatment they would require.  Recent statistics found that 1.4 per cent of children associated themselves as intersex. [= lost in simultaneous translation: actually the delegate said "1 in 4 thousand“, see video spanish @ 12:25 – however, a more appropriate figure would be 1-2 in 1 thousand, see 2015 Report, p. 25. ] [...]

Questions by the Committee Experts

Following up on the question about intersex children, an Expert asked if there was access to justice for children who had received undesired surgical interventions?

Replies by the Delegation

The delegation said the Argentinian justice system was open to anyone who had a complaint to file, including intersex persons. [...] »

Nonetheless, at StopIGM.org we're hopeful that the Committee won't have put the wool over their eyes, but will honour the strong, substantiated evidence proving the ongoing harmful practice in Argentinian University Children's Hospitals and will issue strong "Concluding Observations" on IGM to the complicit State party after the end of the 78th CRC Session.

>>> VIDEO: Argentina questioned by UN Committe on the Rights of the Child

See also:
31 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
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) condems IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
UN Women's Rights Committe (CEDAW) 2016: IGM = Harmful Practice

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Monday 14 May 2018

CRC78 > VIDEO: Argentina questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilation by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child – Gov denies

CRC78 examining Argentina @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 14.05.2018 – just kicking off ...

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At the 78th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Argentina was questioned over intersex and Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM) on
Mon 14.05.2018 15-18h CET + Tue 15.05.2018 10-13h CET
>>> VIDEO Session 1 | Session 2 (english + español)

Justicia Intersex, Brújula Intersexual and StopIGM.org submitted an extensive Thematic NGO report to the Committee providing solid eveidence of IGM practices in Argentina and of the complicity of the State party. In addition, the Thematic NGO report has been endorsed by the Coordinadora de Profesionales por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA) – many thanks!>>> PDF English | Español  

StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE from Palais Wilson, hoping the Committee will raise and condemn IGM practices in Argentina!

Session 1, Mon 14.05.2018, 15-18h CET

>>> Session 1 Video (English and Español)

17:23h: YAY!! CRC expert and Task force member Prof. Kirsten Sandberg (of CRC68, CRC72 [1], CRC72 [2], CRC73 fame) raises intersex Genital Mutilations, asking about measures to prevent unnecessary surgery and other treatments on intersex children before they're able to consent! :-) (Full transcription to follow)

17:36h: CRC Rapporteur and Task force member Prof. Jorge Cardona Llorens asks about involuntary sterislisatin of children with disabilities.

17:59h: Session adjourned. Tomorrow Argentina will have to answer on IGM!

Session 2, Tue 15.05.2018, 10-13h CET

>>> Session 2 Video (English and Español)

10:15h: Non-answers on intersex by Delegation member Sra. Diana Fariña (Ministry of Health, Director of Maternity and Infancy of the Nation). As per usual claims the "very thorough" Law 26.743 Gender Identity Law would also prevent IGM, while in fact it reportedly fails intersex children (see NGO Report PDF p. 16-17). (Full transcription to follow)

10:20h: YAY!! Follow-up question on intersex by Committee expert and CRC Vice Chairperson Mr. José Angel Rodríguez Reyes (of CRC71 and CRC77 fame), asking about data collection and access to justice for IGM survivors. :-) (Full transcription to follow)

10:21h: Follow-up (non-) answer on intersex, again by Delegation member Sra. Diana Fariña! (Full transcription to follow)

Next month, at the end of its 78th session or soon after, the Committe will publish its "Concluding Observations", hopefully with yet another severe reprimand for IGM practices, and the first for Argentina ...

>>> 2017: Argentina questioned by UN Committe against Torture

See also:
31 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
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) condems IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
UN Women's Rights Committe (CEDAW) 2016: IGM = Harmful Practice

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

StopIGM.org Policy on Reporting to UN Treaty Bodies

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Human Rights For Hermaphrodites Too!

StopIGM.org regularly reports to UN Treaty bodies on different countries, often in collaboration with local intersex advocates and organisations. Our goal is to obtain as many and as strong "Concluding Observations" recognising intersex and IGM as a serious violation of non-derogable human rights as possible, in order to increase the pressure on IGM perpetrators. Our work substantially contributed to the so far 31 UN reprimands for IGM. In our experience collaborative reports are more effective than individual ones, but the most important factor is the quality of the evidence and testimonies provided. Recently there have been questions about how we submit reports and collaborate with local intersex advocates and organisations. We welcome this opportunity to outline our policy, and appreciate feedback and comments.

StopIGM.org: Policy on Submitting Country Reports on Intersex and IGM to UN Treaty Bodies

  • We only submit reports when we feel there is substantial evidence and/or personal testimony corroborating IGM practices and the complicity of the State party in question to have at least a fighting chance to obtain strong recommendations, and to continue to do so in the future
  • We always consult with local intersex advocates and organisations
  • We always offer collaborating (i.e. writing a report together), coordinating (writing separate reports, but coordinate) or further consulting (keeping each other/the others in the loop) with any local intersex advocate and organisation, and generally with anyone capable of contributing, to be able to submit the best possible report(s) in order to obtain the strongest possible recommendations
  • We always give due credit to local and other intersex advocates and organisations strictly based on merit, and always give sources for evidence we use
  • In case of local intersex advocates or organisations declining to collaborate/coordinate/further consult, we reserve the right to submit reports either in collaboration with other local intersex advocates or organisations, or on our own
  • In case of other advocates or organisations not honouring their promises/commitments/deadlines or resorting to tactics incompatible with constructive collaboration (e.g. plagiarism, smearing or bullying), we reserve the right to proceed with submitting public referenced evidence without further consultation, collaboration and/or coordination, until further constructive collaboration, coordination and/or consultation is possible again

See also:
31 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
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) condems IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Friday 13 April 2018

Portugal > New Law Fails to Protect Intersex Children from IGM

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

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Today, Portugal has adopted a new Law No. 75/XIII/2 (PDF) aimed at protecting trans and also intersex persons. This new law has been publicly hailed by ILGA as "mak[ing] Portugal only the second country worldwide to outlaw medically unnecessary treatments on intersex kids" and "[i]t will become illegal to perform unnecessary surgery on intersex children", arguably referring to art. 5 ("Protection of sex characteristics") and art. 6 ("Modification of the body or the sex characteristics of minors").

Unfortunately, regarding the protection of intersex children from intersex genital mutilation (IGM), the law seems grossly insufficient, as it doesn't explicitly prohibit IGM by criminalising or adequately sanctioning the practice, nor address obstacles to access to justice and redress for IGM survivors, namely the statutes of limitations, nor include extraterritorial protections from IGM – all of which would be essential requirements stipulated by international law, namely CRC, CAT, CEDAW, CCPR and CRPD, and is considered standard in laws addressing female genital mutilation (FGM).

Tellingly, the voted-on law (PDF) and its explanatory memorandum (PDF) both fail to mention any of these requirements, or the associated UN conventions (only a general reference to "human rights" is included in the memorandum, see p. 4-5), or the requirement of informed consent of the capable intersex person themselves – instead the law exclusively focuses on "established gender identity" as the sole requirement (see art. 6). What's more, the unmitigated and blanket exclusion of "situations with a corroborated health risk" (art. 6) is bound to be exploited as a loophole by IGM doctors.

Therefore, Law No. 75/XIII/2 seems to be just another case of pinkwashing and falsely claiming to protect intersex children, while at the same time IGM is allowed to continue with impunity – same as with similar laws in Malta, Madrid and Argentina.

UPDATE: Apparently the Portugese president has vetoed the law.

>>> Article at Thomson Reuters Foundation

See also:
31 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
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) condems 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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 1 April 2018

CCPR120 > TRANSCRIPT + VIDEO: Switzerland Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) - Gov Denies + Lies 4th Time - 4th UN Reprimand for Switzerland!

>>> CCPR120 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Switzerland
>>>
CCPR Timeline Switzerland 2017

UN-CCPR 120th Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 03.07.2017, 14:55h: Getting ready ...
Left row, front: HRCttee expert Mr. Christof Heyns, who asked the first intersex question.
Right row, back (just below the podium): Mr. Yuval Shany who asked the follow-up question.

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

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During its 120th session, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) as the Treaty body monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) was investigating Intersex Genital Mutilations for the very first time!

StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org, in collaboration with Swiss peer and parent's self-help groups Intersex.ch and SI Global, have been denouncing IGM practices in Switzerland as a violation of CCPR since 2014, with the Committee thereafter asking the Swiss State party questions on intersex and IGM in its List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LoIPR) under para 22. In their (non-)reply, Switzerland brought up the usual denial + pinkwashing in the State report (para 188).

Now, during the State review in Geneva, the Swiss delegation was questioned by the HRCttee experts. StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE fom Palais Wilson, hoping for tough questions on Intersex and IGM, and a first reprimand for IGM practices by the HRCttee (CCPR/C/CHE/CO/4, paras 24-25) at the end of the 120th CCPR Session!

Session 1, Mon 03.07.2017, 15–18h CET

15:58h: (Video @ 00:57:03)YAY!! Committee expert and Country rapporteur Mr. Christof Heyns inquires about Switzerland's position on IGM! :-) Unofficial Transcript:

«And then I want to ask, what is your position on so called "corrective" genital surgeries on intersex children, is there an official position of the country on that issue?»

18:30h: (Video @ 02:29:25) (Non-)answer on intersex by Ms. Debora Gianinazzi (Civil Law and Law of Civil Procedure Unit, Federal Office of Justice FOJ), predictably changing the subject from IGM to “sex changes” and civil registration! :-(
Unofficial Transcript
(based on the UN simultaneous translation from the original French):

«With regard of the government's attitude regarding surgery involving intersex children. The Swiss government has publicly declared in a press communicate dated the 6 July 2016 that it believes that surgery must not take place unless for medical reasons it is absolutely necessary. By this we should understand that it is for the children themselves to determine, to take decisions regarding their sex. This is the attitude of the Swiss government, and resulting from that attitude, that approach, it is also provided for a facilitated process of sex changes and recording this in the Civil registry. In 2014 following recommendations based on human medicine the Civil registry adopted an official communication, sent out to all offices of Civil administration in Switzerland, calling that they adopt new practices in terms of of modifying registration, in particular allowing for, if there is a medical document stating that there was an erroneous registration at the time of birth. As I have said, these are official communiques and the Swiss government wants to go further. For this reason it is currently drawing up a draft bill codifying this simplified registration process for recording sex change in the Civil registry. Thank you.» 

Session 1, Tue 04.07.2017, 10–13h CET

10:55h: (Video @ 00:54:21) YAY!! Committee Rapporteur and Vice-chairperson Mr. Yuval Shany asks a follow-up question on intersex! Inquires about practical steps to raise awareness, prevent practice and guarantee rehabilitation for victims, as well as compensation ... :-) Unofficial Transcript:

«Now issue no. 22 dealing with intersex related issues has been already largely covered by my colleague Mr Heyns, so I'm not going to go very extensively into this. I would just like to raise two points in that regard, one with regard to any practical information on any practical steps that the State party is taking in order to raise awareness among medical professionals and society at large with respect to this set of issues in order to prevent in the future unnecessary genital reassignment surgeries. We've been, it has been alleged to us that the State party does not provide adequate psychological support for intersex persons who have undergone involuntary genital surgical procedures in the past. Is this indeed the case? And more and finally what measures is the State party taking to provide access to intersex persons who have undergone such procedures to legal remedies and to ensure adequate compensation.»

12:41h: (Video @ 02:41:14) (Non-)answer to intersex follow-up question Mr. Guido Barsuglia (Head of Section, Federal Office of Public Health FOPH), resorting to the usual platitudes while conveniently skipping the question on psychological support and rehabilitation! :-( Unofficial Transcript (based on the UN simultaneous translation from the original French): 

«Thank you. I'll answer two questions raised by Mr Shany on intersex children. To begin I'd like to say that Switzerland is aware of this issue. We're concerned about it. Awareness raising among our citizens are of of the efforts taken in order to ensure that the right to self-determination is protected, as well as the right to mental and physical integrity of this group. We raise awareness through doctor's associations, universities and patient's associations. Mr Shany's last question was on civilian actions seeking moral redress. As far as we know in Switzerland up to date there hasn't been any civil case or class action case or payment in cash for moral reparations or redress in cases of sexual reassignment. Thank you.»

>>> CCPR120 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Switzerland
>>> Switzerland: Pinkwashing of Intersex Genital Mutilations at HRCttee
>>> UN Press release english | français
– both mention intersex
>>> Video Session 1
| Session 2 

NGO Report to the 4th Periodic Report of Switzerland on the  International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR)

>>> Download as PDF (809 kb)

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

>>> TRANSCRIPT + VIDEO: Switzerland Questioned by CRC
>>> TRANSCRIPT + VIDEO: Switzerland Questioned by CAT
>>> TRANSCRIPT + VIDEO: Switzerland Questioned by CEDAW

See also:
31 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
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
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Monday 12 March 2018

CEDAW sternly reprimands Luxembourg and Chile for IGM practices!

CEDAW 69th Session examining Luxembourg @ Palais des Nations, Geneva 01.03.2018

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YAY!! Today is a good day for intersex human rights, as the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) published its Concluding Observations with binding recommendations to the State parties – including stern reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations for 2 of the examined States, raising the total number of UN reprimands for IGM to no less than 31:

Luxembourg received its first reprimand, making it the 11th European state reprimanded.
>>> CEDAW/C/LUX/CO/6-7, on IGM: paras 27-28, 45(e)+46(e) (PDF)

And Chile received already its 3rd reprimand.
>>>
CEDAW/C/CHL/CO/7, on IGM: paras 22-23 (PDF)

Thank you!  More details to follow soon ...

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
31 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

Saturday 3 March 2018

"Intersex human rights used as queer bait by political parties" - GayIceland, 24.02.2018

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Human Rights For Hermaphrodites Too!>>> Brilliant op-ed by Roald Viðar Eyvindsson, also re-published here, on the proposed legal ban on circumcision (of boys, girls and intersex children!) in Iceland.

Finally an ally who says it as it is! Thank you!

From the op-ed titled “The ban on circumcision in Iceland: Humanity or hipocrisy?”, addressing the discrepancy between the public uproar when it's about FGM in Africa or religiously (non-christian) motivated "male circumcision" vs. the complicit silence and pervasive instrumentalisation when it comes to Intersex Genital Mutilation:

“[…] is it maybe because it’s harder to cry out that human rights are being violated when they are violated by your own country and have been for decades and you can‘t blame them on smaller communities which customs you find gruesome?”

“[…] why hasn’t the Icelandic parliament taken action in the matters of intersex people when genital procedures done on intersex children clearly violate their human rights? Why is it starting to look like our MP’s generally don‘t take a serious interest in the human rights of intersex people at all? Are we to believe that protecting the rights of intersex people is merely something that political parties like to put in their policies and use as queer bait before elections?”

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

Thursday 22 February 2018

'Abusers of Intersex Kids' Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne: Pinkwashing Intersex Genital Mutilation at Midsumma Pride

Screenshot: Article in "the stirrer" featuring IGM survivor and intersex advocate Tony Briffa

IGM = CRIME, Not 'Health Care' or 'Therapy'!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookThe Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne (RCH) is aguably the biggest IGM perpetrator in Australia, regularly mutilating defenceless intersex children not only from Melbourne and Victoria, but also from Tasmania, Western Australia, New South Wales and even New Zealand, see >>> 2018 CRPD NGO Report (PDF, 188kb), p. 9.

Nonetheless, RCH was and is repeatedly allowed to march at the Melbourne Midsumma Pride, and thereby pinkwashing their ongoing crimes perpetrated on intersex children. However, this year IGM survivor and intersex advocate Tony Briffa took a stand, denouncing RCH's serious human rights violations of intersex kids in 'the stirrer':

‘I did not march at Pride March this year – the first time in years.

When I was at Pride last year I was very stressed, anxious and disturbed that the Royal Children’s Hospital – the perpetrators of ongoing abuse of intersex infants and children, and who are yet to apologise for their abuse of the past – were marching.

It was very confronting and distressing. This hospital should not be applauded at a GLBTI event. Where is the consideration and respect for intersex people and what our mental health? How offensive that the RCH would be cheered on while they continue to cut up intersex children and refuse to admit and apologise for their wrongs?

I’m flabbergasted and horrified they are in this space. Yes I get that they do some good for trans kids, but their abuse of intersex kids should not be ignored.’

Not entirely surprising, RCH so far refused to comment on the issue – and unfortunately Midsumma Pride seems to make any tangible steps to address this intolerable situation dependent on a (still missing) response of RCH.

Kudos to Tony Briffa for highlighting Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne's pinkwashing of their serious human rights violations – and SHAME on RCH for continuing to mutilate intersex kids! When will Midsumma Pride act?

>>> Full article on 'the stirrer' 

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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

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

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

>>>Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 18 February 2018

CRC77 > Spain 10th European State Reprimanded for Intersex Genital Mutilation by UN

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Photo: Markus Bauer and Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) with the collaborative intersex NGO report on Spain
at the 77th CRC Session, Palais Wilson, Geneva 22.01.2018

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, 19.02.2018:

During its 77th Session the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) examined Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM) in Spain. Intersex NGOs StopIGM.org and Brújula Intersexual, in collaboration with Spanish IGM survivors and parents, provided the Committee with compelling evidence of IGM being practiced allover Spain today, including in public university children's hospitals in Madrid (despite a pro-forma law against it), Barcelona and Málaga.

The Committee has now sternly reprimanded Spain for IGM.

In its Concluding Observations, CRC not only condemned IGM in Spain as a “harmful practice” according to the Convention (CRC art. 24 (3) – like FGM), but further explicitly obliged Spain to “prohibit” the practice, and to ensure that intersex children and their families receive adequate counselling and support”! (Full binding CRC recomemendation see below.)

StopIGM.org and Brújula Intersexual welcome this clear verdict, marking
  •
the 10th European state reprimanded for IGM by a UN Treaty body
  •
the 10th reprimand for IGM by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
  •
the 20th reprimand to a European state for IGM by a UN Treaty body
  •
the 29th UN Treaty body reprimand for IGM so far, and
  •
now 18 states reprimanded in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Daniela Truffer, IGM survivor and founding member of StopIGM.org, said:

“These joyful and encouraging even numbers should not detract from the alarming fact that intersex human rights at the UN are currently in a state of crisis: Massive instrumentalising and misrepresentation of intersex and IGM by LGBT and transgender NGOs have so far nearly cut in half the number of new UN Concluding observations, namely from 13 recommendations in 2016 to a mere 7 in 2017, with some Committees effectively having stopped issuing further recommendations altogether.

Nonetheless, as these strong new recommendations by CRC demonstrate, if intersex people and organisations stand united, provide solid evidence, and clearly and strongly refuse instrumentalising and misrepresentation by 3rd party groups, UN Committees will still recognise intersex human rights, and continue to unmistakably condemn IGM practices as the serious human rights violation that they are.”

Please find below the binding CRC77 intersex recommendations in full + session video and transcripts + the NGO reports leading to CRC condemning IGM in Spain:

2017 CRC España ONG Intersex IGM

IGM Practices in Spain: 2017 CRC NGO Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Spain  Complicity of the State  IGM is Harmful Practice
>>> English (PDF, 815 kb)  >>> Español (PDF, 335 kb)

>>> Endorsement of Intersex NGO Report by CoPPA: English | Español
>>> TRANSCRIPT+VIDEO: Spain questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilatons
>>>
CRC77 > UN Press Release: "Genital Mutilation of Intersex Children in Spain"

CRC77: Binding Intersex Recommendations for Spain

>>> CRC/C/ESP/CO/5-6 (PDF) --> para 24

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

Harmful practices  [art. 24 (3)]

  24.  The Committee recommends that the State party prohibit unnecessary medical or surgical treatment from being performed on intersex children, when  those procedures entail a risk of harm and can be safely deferred until the child can actively participate in decision-making. It also recommends that the State party ensure that intersex children and their families receive adequate counselling and support.”

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

>>>Download PDF (831kb)

Friday 9 February 2018

Ukraine > Intersex and IGM Instrumentalised and Abused for LGBT and Gender Politics at the UN

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation! The onslaught never stops (2): Virtually every time StopIGM.org takes part in an UN Treaty body session, we're confronted with one or more trans or LGBT NGOs instrumentalising the pain and suffering of intersex children submitted to IGM as a means to their own ends, and – hand in glove with State parties constantly pinkwashing IGM practices when questioned by UN Committees – seriously damaging intersex human rights at the UN in the process.

Typical examples of big-money agencies and NGOs exploiting IGM for LGBT politics include UNFE New York, Amnesty London, EU-FRA, and ILGA. "LGBT Denmark” is another typical example of a national LGBT organisation and ILGA member abusing intersex children as cannon fodder for LGBT politics at the UN.

“Insight” Ukraine: Stealing intersex people's words to better abuse them

Today's salient example is taken from the review of Ukraine at the 66th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

It concerns an NGO report “LBTI People in Ukraine” (relevant full quotes here) and a subsequent Committee briefing by the  Ukranian LGBT NGO “Insight”, a self-styled “LGBTQI organisation” obviously without actual intersex representation or advocacy, and a member of ILGA Europe:

• First, in the report (p. 8) “Insight” shamelessly stole and plagiarised the words of Ukrainian intersex advocate Julia Pustovit – conveniently omitting the part where Pustovit explictly states, “I am against adding the ‘I’ to LGBT.”  (full quote) – Check.

• In addition, the “Insight” report also “(trans-)sexualised” Pustovit's one-paragraph statement on the current practice in the Ukraine by adding two phrases including the word “sex” not contained in the original statement, first claiming the surgeries would be offered “to make it easier to determine the sex”, and second narrowing Pustovit's demand for intersex people to decide for themselves to the one aspect most relevant for LGBT and Trans persons, i.e. “decid[ing] what sex to be”. – Check.

• Then, in the subsequent NGO briefing to CEDAW, the “Insight” representative unsurprisingly omitted intersex and IGM altogether – only asking for recommendations on “LGBTI” instead – i.e. exactly, what Pustovit had warned of! – Check.

• Already the “Insight” report (p. 8) totally failed to adequately address IGM as a “harmful  practice” (CEDAW art. 5 in conjunction with CEDAW-CRC General recommendation/comment No. 31/18 “on harmful practices”) – the crucial CEDAW human rights framework under which the Committe issued all previous recommendations condemning IGM as a serious violation – but rather focused on promoting frameworks more useful for LGBT and gender politics instead, namely “discrimination [...], legal gender recognition and health issues”. – Check.

• As a consequence, there were no questions by the Committee on intersex and IGM to the Ukrainian Delegation during the session, and therefore also no recommendations in the Concluding observations. – Check.

• Even worse, such harmful misrepresentation and instrumentalising of intersex and IGM by national LGBT and Trans NGOs at the UN seems to be encouraged and supported by international big-money LGBT NGOs, for example ILGA: When we alerted a representative attending the session to the plagiarism in the “Insight” report, all we got was a shrug. – Check.

Conclusion: BINGO!!! Yet another LGBT NGO shamelessly abusing the pain and suffering of intersex children as a means to an end for LGBT politics and their own gain! Shame on you!!!!!

How much longer?!!

Instrumentalising Intersex Is NOT A Victimless Crime!

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...

Thursday 8 February 2018

Intersex Genital Mutilation: Denmark stands in shame - UN acts

UPDATE!  Now 29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – Still Counting ...

Photo: Rigshospitalet security attempts to shut down nonviolent intersex protest
on occasion of the ‘6th I-D$D Symposium’, Copenhagen 29.06.2017 – nice try ... ;-)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, 08.02.2018:

2018 CAT Denmark LoIPR NGO Intersex>>> Shocking new report to the UN Committee against Torture UNCAT (PDF 385kb) by international intersex NGO StopIGM.org and intersex advocate Ditte Dyreborg documents genital mutilation of intersex children persisting in Danish university clinics including the Rigshospitalet, and will likely give rise to a follow-up investigation by the Committee, kicking off at the upcoming 63rd UNCAT session in May.

UN: Genital Mutilation and Torture

After previous evidence and testimony by StopIGM.org and Ditte Dyreborg, UNCAT had already investigated Danish children's clinics during the last review cycle, and consequently reprimanded Denmark for IGM in 2016, recognising IGM to constitute at least “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” falling under the prohibition of torture, and obliging Denmark to, inter alia,

“Take the necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to guarantee the respect for the physical integrity and autonomy of intersex persons and ensure that no one is subjected during infancy or childhood to unnecessary medical or surgical procedures”
     – CAT/C/DNK/CO/6-7, paras 42–43

Again as a result of evidence provided by StopIGM.org and Dyreborg, also the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child UNCRC reprimanded Denmark in 2017, recognising IGM as a “harmful cultural practice” just like FGM, and again obliging Denmark to, inter alia,

“undertake investigation of incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex children without informed consent and adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the child victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation
     – CRC/C/DNK/CO/5, para 24

Currently, thanks to collaborative reports by StopIGM.org and fellow intersex NGOs and advocates, the total count stands at 28 UN Treaty body reprimands for IGM, with UNCRC expected to add yet another one later today in the afternoon!

UPDATE: YAY!!  CRC/C/ESP/CO/5-6 --> p. 7, para 24 “Harmful Practices”   :-)  :-)  :-)

Ministry of Health: “Denmark plans to continue this practice”

As the >>> new UNCAT report substantiates, also in 2018 in Denmark unnecessary and harmful interventions on intersex babies continue, including partial clitoris amputation, forced sterilisation and “crippling” penis surgery known to cause severe, lifelong physical and psychological pain and suffering, for example at the Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen University Hospital), the Aarhus University Hospital and the Odense University Hospital.

However, instead of finally acknowledging the serious human rights violations of IGM denounced by UNCAT and UNCRC and taking action towards human rights and justice, the Danish Ministry of Health defiantly vows to continue mutilating intersex toddlers just in spite:

«Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping intersex children through genital surgery to overcome functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a medical indication, and parents are always involved in the decision regarding the operation.»  
     – Danish Ministry of Health, Geneva 15.09.2017

Government and Parliament: Acquiescence = Complicity

Denmark as a contracting State party to CRC, CAT, CCPR, CRPD and CEDAW is under binding and non-derogable obligation to prevent and prosecute genital mutilation and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment also on intersex children.

State officials, including members of parliament standing idly by while the state-sponsored daily mutilations continue, even after repeated reprimands by UN treaty bodies, make themselves just as guilty as those wielding the scalpels or coaxing overwhelmed parents into illegally “consenting” to IGM on their defenceless children.

Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics

Also Denmark has its share of national Trans and LGBT NGOs instrumentalising the pain and suffering of intersex children submitted to IGM as a means to an end for LGBT politics and their own gain, instead of demanding effective remedies to end IGM.

An interrelated harmful misconception is misrepresenting IGM as “health-care issue” and the promotion of “self-regulation” by the current perpetrators, again instead of demanding effective legal remedies to end IGM practices.

Currently, such abuse and harmful misrepresentations of intersex dominate the political discourse.

Repentant surgeon: “Only the fear of the judge will make things change”

On the other hand, so far there are hardly political actors consistently proposing effective measures to end IGM (as stipulated by international right), including legislation explicitly criminalising or adequately sanctioning all forms of IGM, and including addressing typical obstacles to access to redress and justice for IGM survivors, particularly the statutes of limitations (again as stipulated by CRC, CAT, CCPR, CRPD, CEDAW, etc.).

“Things hardly evolve in the medical world.”
“In my opinion, only the fear of the judge will make things change. We need statutes of limitation long enough so that victims may sue as adults.”

     – Dr Blaise Meyrat

StopIGM.org demands the prohibition of forced genital surgeries on children and adolescents with Variations of Sex Anatomy, and "Human Rights for Hermaphrodites too!"

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

“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...

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2018 CAT Denmark LoIPR NGO IntersexIGM in Denmark: 2018 CAT LoIPR NGO Report
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Denmark  Complicity of the State  IGM = Inhuman Treatment
>>> Download PDF (385 kb)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

>>>Download PDF (831kb)

Monday 5 February 2018

CRC77 > VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Spain questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilation by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child - Gov: No Data, No Protection

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UN-CRC 77th Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 22.01.2018, 09:56h: Getting ready ...

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Geneva, 22 January: Spain is up for review at the 77th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Intersex organisations StopIGM.org and Brújula Intersexual and Spanish intersex advocates submitted compelling evidence of the ongoing practice in public Spanish children's clinics to the Committee, and are now hoping for tough questions on intersex and Intersex Genital Mutilation.

In addition, our thematic Intersex NGO report has been endorsed by the Coordinadora de Profesionales por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA) – many thanks!  >>> English | Español

The review of Spain was transmitted live in English and Spanish on webtv.un.org:
VIDEO Session 1 (English + Español) with Committee questions: 10-13h CET 
VIDEO Session 2 (EN + ES) with Spain's answers and follow-up question: 15-18h CET

StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE from Palais Wilson [original report]:

Session 1, Mon 22.01.2018, 10-13h CET

10:10h: The live transmission is on! Head of Spanish Delegation presenting introductory statement ...

12:31h: (Video @ 2:33:35)YAY!! Second round of questions, CRC task force coordinator and vice chairperson Ms. Olga Khazova [...] raises intersex children! Says the Committee is concerned about non-consensual genital mutilation and other detrimental treatment imposed on intersex children in various clinics in Spain, which is often unnecessary and always very painful, with lifelong consequences. Question: Do you plan to stop such surgeries until a child is able to make its own decision?  :-) Unofficial Trancript:

«Another question on intersex children. The Committee is concerned about the still existing practice of non-consensual genital mutilation as well as other detrimental procedures that are imposed on intersex children in various clinics in Spain.

Such surgeries and procedures, which are often unnecessary and are always very painful produce life-long negative consequences and I don’t have time to develop this issue, I believe you are familiar with all the problems that are accompanying.

So my question is: do you plan to stop such surgeries or procedures and postpone them until later time when a child is able to make his or her own decision or at least participate in decision making, and perhaps when it turned out that such a surgery is not necessary at all.»

12:58h: Session adjourned until 3 pm ...

Session 2, Mon 22.01.2018, 15-18h CET

15:02h: Session resumed, the live transmission is back on!

15:40h: (Video @ 39:16) Answer on intersex by Ms. Sagrario Mateu (Chief Health Services for Mothers and Children)!Says children are dealt with in primary health services, which do a good job, although they are overburdened, and is supported by scientific community. Genital mutilation is a very complex issue, no specific figures available here. Best thing is to wait. Children are also referred to specialised services.  :-/ Unofficial transcript (of UN simultaneous translation from original Spanish):

«You also asked about intersex children, and in answer to this I can say that intersex children are dealt with within the primary health care services. They are overburdened but work very well and do have common protocols. They are heavily supported by the scientific communities and work well.

So intersex children are seen just like any other child in mainstream primary health care services, and the question of mutilations or surgical operations, I think these are very complex issues, I really don’t have specific figures for you here, but I know that it’s something that child health care professionals do deal with. We have to look at the hormonal development of these children when it’s not very clear how the development will take place.

There are once again in this area some communities that work better than others, but it’s I think obviously the best thing to do is to wait in the case of intersex children, and primary health care service refer cases to specialised health care services if appropriate.»

15:43h: (Video @ 43:19) YAY!! Committee expert and CRC vice chairperson Mr. José Rodríguez Reyes follows up on intersex! Asks if there are systems in place for statistical collection? Are there manuals for training of health care staff? Are there any legal provisions?  :-) Unofficial transcript (of UN simultaneous translation from original Spanish):

«Thank you, good afternoon, and my greetings to the distinguished delegation that is here with us this afternoon.

You have been telling us that you have very few cases of intersex children. I wonder whether you have any statistical collection system to know exactly how many intersex children there are in Spain, and whether you have any practical manuals or training which is provided to health care staff precisely so they can become more familiar with this issue.

And finally whether you have any legal provisions that relate to intersex children.»

15:44h: (Video @ 44:12) Follow-up answer on intersex by Ms. Sagrario Mateu (Chief Health Services for Mothers and Children):There is no national register, autonomous communities collect own data. Some have manuals and legislation, others not. National Health System is aware, children can also be sent to regional centers for treatment. Plus she simply ignored the question about legal privisions!  :-( Unofficial transcription (of UN simultaneous translation from original Spanish):

«Thank you, Sir, for that question. We don’t have a national register because we don’t have a national assistance register in Spain. All of the autonomous Communities collect their own data, and obviously, if we want to re-evaluate policy at the central level then we have to ask the Communities for their figures.

And guides on intersex children, well, there are such guides, there are autonomous Communities that have such good guides in place. The scientific community is also involved here and it works very well in this area, as well as training is concerned, while at the national level I believe that this is training which is being attempted at the autonomous Community level, because the intersex child must be seen by someone who has been trained whether they are operated on or not.

There is no national register, I would repeat, but the health care system is aware of these children. So it is a question of how the system is coordinated.»

17:55h: Closing remarks by CRC chairperson Ms. Renate Winter ... Session closed.

UPDATE!  Now 29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – And Counting ...

2017 CRC España ONG Intersex IGM

IGM Practices in Spain: 2017 CRC NGO Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Spain  Complicity of the State  IGM is Harmful Practice
>>> English (PDF, 815 kb)  >>> Español (PDF, 335 kb)

>>> Endorsement of Intersex NGO Report by CoPPA: English | Español
>>>
UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain
>>>
CRC77 > Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain reported to UN

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

>>>Download PDF (831kb)

Friday 26 January 2018

CRC77 > UN Press Release: "Genital Mutilation of Intersex Children in Spain" - But French Version Still Misrepresents IGM as "FGM" and "Surgery on Transgender Children" - OUCH!!!!

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> The English UN press release on the review of Spain by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) adequately summarises the questions on Intersex Genital Mutilation by CRC experts Olga Khazova (and José Rodríguez) as well as the revealing (non-)replies by Spanish delegate Dña. Sagrario Mateu (Chief of Health Services for Mothers and Children). Thank you!
Whereas, unfortunately, the French version (see below) only gets the (non)-answers right – please do always use the correct terms!

These are the relevant excerpts on IGM in Spain in the >>> English UN press release:

«Second Round of Questions by the Committee Experts

OLGA KHAZOVA, Committee Expert and Rapporteur for Spain  [...] As for intersex children, Ms. Khazova expressed concern about the still existing practice of non-consensual genital mutilation.  Was there a plan to stop such surgeries during infancy and postpone them until a later time when adolescents could make their own decisions?»

«Replies by the Delegation

[...] Intersex children were cared for by the mainstream healthcare services and they were treated as all other children.  There was no national registry of intersex children because autonomous communities collected their own data. Autonomous communities had their legal guidelines vis-à-vis intersex children, which were developed in consultation with specialists in the field.»

Unfortunately, the >>> French UN press release mentions no questions on intersex, but rather on "female genital mutilation" instead of IGM, and even worse, in the next sentence claims the issue would be to "stop surgical operations performed on transgender children" – despite the fact that CRC rapporteur Olga Khazova and CRC expert José Rodríguez both clearly spoke of "intersex children", and NOT transgender children! OUCH!!!!! (As we didn't listen in to the French simultaneous translation, we don't know what terms were used there.)

«Questions et observations des membres du Comité
MME OLGA KHAZOVA, présidente du groupe de travail du Comité chargé de l’examen du rapport de l’Espagne [...] Mme Khazova a ensuite fait état de la persistance de la pratique des mutilations génitales féminines en Espagne. Elle a en outre recommandé de mettre un terme aux opérations chirurgicales pratiquées sur des transgenres mineurs et de reporter ces procédures à un âge où leurs bénéficiaires peuvent valablement juger de leur pertinence.»

On the positive side, the French press release at least correctly summarised the answers on "intersex children":

«Réponses de la délégation [...]
Les autorités sanitaires s’efforcent autant que possible d’éviter les interventions chirurgicales sur les enfants intersexués, dont le nombre est au demeurant très limité, a ensuite indiqué la délégation. Les personnels soignants sont formés à la manière d’orienter ces enfants vers les services compétents.»

Please do always use the correct terms in the future, thank you!

2017 CRC España ONG Intersex IGM

IGM Practices in Spain: 2017 CRC NGO Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Spain  Complicity of the State  IGM is Harmful Practice
>>> English (PDF, 815 kb)  >>> Español (PDF, 335 kb)

>>> Endorsement of Intersex NGO Report by CoPPA: English | Español
>>> CRC77 > LIVE: Spain questioned over IGM - Gov: No Data, No Protection
>>>
CRC77 > Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain reported to UN

>>> CRC76 > UN Press Release calls IGM survivors "transsexual children"
>>> CAT60 > UN Press Release calls IGM "sex alignment", survivors "transsexuals"!

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Sunday 21 January 2018

22.01.18 > UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain

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UPDATE! Our thematic Intersex NGO report has been endorsed by the Coordinadora de Profesionales por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA) – many thanks!  >>> English | Español

IGM = CRIME, Not 'Health Care' or 'Therapy'!Tomorrow Monday 22 January 2018, in Geneva the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will examine the human rights record of Spain as a contracting State party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This public examination will also be transmitted live in English and Spanish on webtv.un.org (Session 1 with Committee questions: 10-13h CET + Session 2 with Spain's answers and follow-up questions: 15-18h CET).
>>>
CRC Timeline Spain 2017-18

Intersex organisations StopIGM.org and Brújula Intersexual are expecting tough questions on Intersex Genital Mutilation in public Spanish children's clinics, as CRC regularly condemns IGM as a "harmful cultural practice" (just like FGM) and as "violence against children".

Since 2015, the Committee on the Rights of the Child has so far reprimanded 9 states for failing to protect intersex children from IGM as stipulated by the Convention. Other UN Committees condemning IGM as a serious breach of international law include the Committee against Torture (CAT) and the Human Rights Committee (CCPR).

CRC's verdict on Spain will be published in February shortly after the end of the 77th CRC session ­ hopefully marking already the 10th reprimand for IGM by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (and just in time for the "VII International Course of Urethral Reconstructive Surgery" shamelessly promoting IGM in Madrid on February 5-6, including multiple "Video sessions" of "Live Surgery").

2017 CRC España ONG Intersex IGM

IGM Practices in Spain: 2017 CRC NGO Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Spain  Complicity of the State  IGM is Harmful Practice
>>> English (PDF, 815 kb)  >>> Español (PDF, 335 kb)

>>> CRC77 > Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain reported to UN

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

>>>Download PDF (831kb) 

Wednesday 17 January 2018

CRC77 > Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain reported to UN

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UPDATE! Our thematic Intersex NGO report has been endorsed by the Coordinadora de Profesionales por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA) – many thanks!  >>> English | Español

2017 CRC España ONG Intersex IGM

NGO Report to the 5th and 6th Periodic Report of Spain on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

>>> v1.1 Español (PDF 335 kb)
>>> v1.0 English (PDF 815 kb)

Compiled by:
Brújula Intersexual
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

During its 77th session in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will examine the human rights record of Spain as a contracting State party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to be transmitted live in English and Spanish on webtv.un.org next Monday 22.01.2018.  >>> CRC Timeline Spain 2017-18

The international intersex human rights NGOs StopIGM.org and Brújula Intersexual submitted an extensive thematic intersex report to the Committee, providing solid evidence of how today in Spain healthy intersex children are still submitted to non-consensual, unnecessary genital surgeries, sterilising procedures and other harmful treatments that continue to be advocated, prescribed and perpetrated by state funded public University and Children¹s Clinics, promoted by Spanish medical associations and paid for by the National Health System (SNS), causing lifelong severe pain and suffering.

As the report further demonstrates, multiple University clinics are regularly hosting publicly advertised events practicing what they call "Live surgery" ­ including partial clitoris amputation (e.g. in Barcelona) and penile cutting (e.g. in Malaga).

So far, in Spain only the Community of Madrid has enacted legislation aimed at preventing IGM. Law 2/2016 of the Community of Madrid states in art. 4 (3), "[...] genital surgeries of intersex persons without the informed consent of the person concerned or the need to ensure biological functionality for health reasons, are prohibited in the health services of the Community of Madrid." As the report shows, nonetheless Madrid's public children's hospitals continue to publicly advertise, perform and promote all forms of IGM practices – ­ just the same as in the other autonomous Communities ...

The intersex NGO report, the first of its kind for Spain, also includes 4 personal testimonies of Spanish survivors of IGM practices, and is available for download both in English and Spanish language editions:
>>> http://intersex.shadowreport.org

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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 27 November 2017

Americas > "IACHR Urges States to End Violence and Harmful Practices against Intersex Persons"

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIGM = CRIME, Not 'Health Care' or 'Therapy'!The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a >>> press release | castellano condemning Intersex Genital Mutilations as a serious human rights violation, recognising “the negative complications of these procedures, including chronic pain, permanent trauma, genital sensitivity, and sterilization”, and explicitly calling to “prohibit” IGM:

“Based on these considerations, the IACHR urges the States to urgently prohibit surgeries and medically unnecessary procedures on intersex children. The Commission further reiterates that States should respect the autonomy of all intersex persons and all dimensions of their right to health, their right to physical and psychological integrity, and their right to live free from all forms of violence and discrimination, and should prevent all inhuman and degrading treatment.” 

>>> Intersex human rights are under attack!!!

See also:
2015 IACHR Report condems Intersex Genital Mutilation
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices

Saturday 25 November 2017

"Stop conflating intersex and LGBT," African Commissioner warns

Human Rights For Hermaphrodites Too!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookThe 61st ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) in Gambia marked not only the 30th anniversary of the Commission, but also its arguably first panel discussion on intersex human rights in Africa, hosted by the Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria) and NGOs Iranti-org and SIPD-Uganda. >>> Full report

Panelist and ACHPR Commissioner Lawrence Murugu Mute (Kenya) “acknowledged that from the nature of the human rights violations a lot of work had to be done at national level and that clearly the African Commission had a role to play”.

The Commissioner had also clear words to say on the harmful misconception & misrepresentation of intersex as an LGBT issue – and how pervasive such harmful notions are also in Kenya: 

Commissioner Mute was also concerned by the conflation of intersex and [...] LGBT issues. ‘You have to do a lot of work in clarifying and explaining what intersex is all about. There is a lot of conflation maybe arising from the acronym LGBTI.’ He gave an example of the case R.M v Attorney-General and Others Petition 705 of 2007 in Kenya in which the judge delved into issues dealing with [...] sexual minorities when clearly the person in the case was an intersex person.

Exactly how widespread and unreflected this harmful “conflation” is also in Africa and particularly among its main promoters, i.e. LGBT representatives, can be gleaned from the fact that within the Centre for Human Rights, instead of a department with expertise particularly on harmful practices, of all things the “SOGIE (i.e. LGBT) Unit” is coordinating intersex issues, and that the Centre's full report of the panel discussion authored by SOGIE Unit representative Tapiwa Mamhare repeatedly misrepresented intersex as just "[an]other LGBT issue[...]" and just “[an]other sexual minority group" – even within the very paragraph describing Commissioner Mute's valid concern!! –, and how immediately after Commissioner Mute raised his concern, moderator Monica Tabengwa (ILGA) “chipped into the discussion highlighting that there were circumstances were it is necessary to collaborate with other sexual minority groups for solidarity purposes”, again misrepresenting intersex as just "[an]other sexual minority group"how much longer?!

On a positive note, the list of recommendations presented by Tapiwa Mamhare of the Centre for Human Rights not only includes the most important measures to be implemented, but also gets the priorities right by listing the most urgent first:

  • Prohibiting genital mutilation and medically unnecessary surgery or procedures on the sex characteristics of intersex children and to protect their physical integrity and respect their autonomy.
  • Putting an end to infanticide and baby abandonment of intersex children.

We'd like to applaud ACHPR Commissioner Mute's courageous and timely warning of the dangers of the pervasive conflation and misrepresentation of intersex as just “yet another LGBT issue” and just “yet another sexual minority”, and to urge everybody still engaging in such harmful misrepresentations to do better in the future.

And we'd like to thank the Centre for Human Rights, Iranti-org and SIPD-Uganda for facilitating this groundbreaking panel discussion, and for reporting about it.

>>> Full report: ACHPR panel discussion on intersex human rights in Africa

>>> Intersex human rights are under attack!!!

See also:
28 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
Intersex Genital Mutilations in South Africa: NGO Report (PDF, 926 kb) 
East Africa > Intersex Survey Documents IGM, Infanticide, Abandonment
Intersex Genital Mutilation on a Global Scale: CRC Briefing (PDF, 3.14 MB)
UN-CRC condemns Intersex Genital Mutilation in South Africa
UN-CRPD condemns Intersex Genital Mutilation in Morocco
IGM: South Africa first state to recognise ongoing harmful practice 
IDAHOT*: Let's Talk About Intersex Appropriation ...
LGBTs Instrumentalizing intersex: "Excess of projection" - Georg Klauda
UN Press Release misrepresents IGM as "sex alignment surgeries"
UN Press Release misrepresents IGM survivors as "transsexual children"
Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”
UN-CCPR120: Pinkwashing of Intersex Genital Mutilation 
UK: Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups
Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics
Australia: LGBT group misappropriating intersex funds - again!
Academic Complicity in IGM Practices 
"You shouldn't always talk about the surgeries!"

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

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

Sunday 19 November 2017

Europe: Hermaphrodites recognized and protected by law for over 1000 years

All humans are male, female, or hermaphrodite. - Summa artis notariae Do. Rolandini Rodulphini, Lyon 1559

“All humans are male, female, or hermaphrodite”: That's what many, many generations of students, future lawyers, administrators and notaries learned when they studied the first few pages of their compulsory readings at a medieval or early modern university.
Source: Rolandino de Passageri (ca. 1215-1300), “Summa artis notariae” (= Law text book), Bologna ca. 1255 (here: Reprint Lyon 1559).  >>> More info

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Hermaphrodites were recognized and protected by european civil and canon (=church) laws for more than 1000 years – STOP ERASING INTERSEX HISTORY!

"The idea that hermaphrodites in premodern Europe were persecuted on a regular base […] is still a common misconception. Indeed, it may be called a myth, and in several cases, this myth is quoted to support a dangerous narrative of progress: if hermaphrodites were killed as prodigies in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and adult hermaphrodites were persecuted in the later Middle Ages and in the 16th and 17th centuries, so the argument runs, then the Englightenment model that there were no ‚true‘ hermaphrodites was great progress; true, it re-defined double-sexed humans as ‚pseudo-hermaphrodites‘, but this pathologicalisation was still better than persecuting them, wasn’t it?"  >>> Christof Rolker (2016): fulltext

See also:
- The Racist Roots of Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)
- Academic Complicity in IGM Practices
- Instrumentalizing intersex: "The fact that LGBTs in particular embrace intersex is due to an excess of projection" - Georg Klauda (2002)   

Monday 13 November 2017

Denmark: UN slams intersex genital mutilation - again!

Photo: Nonviolent Intersex Protest #6 + Open Letter vs. 6th I-D$D, Rigshospitalet et al., Copenhagen 01.07.2017

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, 13.11.2017:

The UN Child Rights Committee condemns involuntary genital surgery on intersex children in Denmark as a “harmful practice” (just like FGM), dismissing Government claims Denmark would only be “helping intersex children”. Denmark was already reprimanded by the UN Committee against Torture in 2015. Intersex NGOs demand immediate legislative action to protect intersex children.

During its 76th Session in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) examined intersex genital mutilation in Danish University Children's Hospitals. The Committee's now published “Concluding observations” dated 26 October 2017 (= Intersex Awareness Day) unmistakably condemn “ongoing surgical interventions on intersex children” the lack of “redress to the child victims of such treatment”, and the lack of “adequate counselling and support for families with intersex children” (CRC/C/DNK/CO/5, full reprimand + download see below).

On the same counts, Denmark has already been reprimanded by the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), which in 2016 condemned unnecessary genital surgery on intersex children as a “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” falling under the prohibition of torture.

So far, not only the Danish Government, but also most Danish National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are still feigning ignorance of the human rights implications of intersex genital mutilation, or even continue to defend IGM, for example when questioned by CRC in Geneva:

“Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping intersex children through genital surgery” (Danish UN Delegation, Geneva 15 June 2017)

International intersex NGO StopIGM.org and Danish intersex advocate Ditte Dyreborg (EAHOO) provided CRC with evidence of the ongoing practice in public children's hospitals allover Denmark and of the involvement of Danish doctors in international IGM Networks.

Intersex advocates warmly welcome these renewed strong reprimands for Denmark – and demand immediate action!

Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org): “Governments and parliaments must finally introduce effective legislation to end intersex genital mutilation on the public health system. Perpetrators must be prosecuted and punished. IGM survivors must get equal access to redress and justice.”

We particularly appreciate that the Committee unmistakably considered IGM in Denmark as a “harmful cultural practice” (art. 24 (3) CRC) – just like female genital mutilation (FGM) –, and explicitly obliged Denmark to

“undertake investigation of incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex children without informed consent and adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the child victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation (CRC/C/DNK/CO/5, para 24 (c))

Intersex genital mutilation (IGM) is a serious violation of non-derogable human rights and MUST STOP!

Kind regards

Daniela Truffer, Markus Bauer / StopIGM.org       Ditte Dyreborg / EAHOO
 

Denmark: Full Binding CRC76 Intersex Recommendations
>>> Download:
CRC/C/DNK/CO/5, 26 October 2017, on intersex: para 24
>>> Transcript + Video: Denmark questioned over IGM – Gov denies
>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark
– Thematic NGO Report: PDF
>>> IGM in Denmark - Government Fails to Act
, NGO Update: PDF

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

[...]

Harmful practices [art. 24 (3)]

24. In view of ongoing surgical interventions on intersex children, the Committee recommends that the State party:

   (a)  Ensure that no one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood, guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination for the children concerned and provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support;

   (b)  Develop and implement a child rights-based health-care protocol for intersex children, setting out the procedures and steps to be followed by health teams;

   (c)  Undertake investigation of incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex children without informed consent and adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the child victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation;

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

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark - Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>> Transcript + Video: Denmark questioned over IGM – Gov denies
>>>
CRC76 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics
>>> CRC76 > UN Press Release calls IGM survivors "transsexual children" 
>>> CRC76 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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 5 November 2017

Instrumentalizing intersex: "The fact that LGBTs in particular embrace intersex is due to an excess of projection" - Georg Klauda (2002)

Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation! Fifteen years ago, the German solidary gay sociologist Georg Klauda published his groundbreaking analysis on the psychological background of the ever-increasing instrumentalization of Intersex genital mutilation as a means to an end by third interest groups, specifically to advance LGBT, civil registration and gender politics. Like the similarly groundbreaking study on intersex appropriation in academic teaching and research by Emi Koyama and Lisa Weasel, also published in 2002 (fulltext PDF), and Raven Kaldera's pioneering 2001 publication (fulltext) and Chris Somers' 2002 article (PDF --> p. 20), Klauda's hardly surprising findings are consistently ignored by the appropriators and swept under the carpet at every turn, even though this makes them even more complicit in the ongoing genital mutilation of defenseless intersex children – how much longer?!

To raise awareness of this issue, StopIGM.org presents an english translation of key excerpts of Georg Klauda's shocking findings of LGBT persons and groups instrumentalizing intersex:

Georg Klauda: "About the Mutilation of Hermaphrodites"
Presentation 31.10.2002 @ House of Democracy and Human Rights, Berlin
(German fulltext | Print version | PDF

«When we talk about the mutilation of hermaphrodites, as I will do in the following, it makes sense to consider the danger of projection. We tend to perceive things only in a coordinate system that we are familiar with, and to project problems onto an object that are not the same as those of the object itself. When we then begin to talk about the topic, whether as journalists, academics or political activists, there is a danger that the problems we construct will mask the voices of those who want to report first-hand on their experiences.

Such forms of projection have been taking place for some years now in the field of genital mutilation of hermaphrodites. [...]

I say this because there is a phenomenon to subsume hermaphrodites under such newer signs as queer and transgender. Such a de-differentiation is only beneficial to medicine, because it hides the specific problems of each particular group, on the one hand, and on the other hand because it reissues the concept of the Third Gender from the early 20th century, which is based on sexual medicine. [...]

I think that hermaphrodites find themselves in this scenario only remotely, because they are not concerned with their self-definition, but with ending an invasive medical practice. Therefore often it is not themselves, but transsexuals as well as lesbians and gays who represent hermaphrodites in public. The fact that they in particular embrace this topic is due to an excess of projection. They do not see that their own set of problems, i. e. the problem of coming out and social recognition, is not that of hermaphrodites. They do not see that the unwanted adoption of hermaphrodites by the lesbian, gay and trans movement is tantamount to blindsiding and colonization, and is morally unacceptable because it masks the actual concerns of people with a medical experience of violence. [...]

The queer and transgender models also create colonization cascades: lesbians and gays colonize transsexuals, transsexuals colonize transgenders, transgenders colonize hermaphrodites. [...]

We will therefore have to get used to addressing hermaphrodites not as members of a minority but, in their own opinion, as victims of medical torture. [...]»

>>> Intersex human rights are under attack!!!

See also:
- Academic Complicity in IGM Practices
- UK: Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups
- Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics
- Australia: LGBT group misappropriating intersex funds - again! :-(
- "You shouldn't always talk about the surgeries!" 

Wednesday 1 November 2017

CH, LU > Des mutilateurs d'enfants intersexes posant comme sauveurs

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Suisse: Intersex-Protest + Open Letter to Minister Sommaruga + Fed Gov on on Human Rights Day, 10.12.2015

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Après une visite d'État de Simonetta Sommaruga (PS), ministre de la Justice Suisse, à son homologue luxembourgeois Félix Braz (Verts), les deux ministères ont publié des communiqués de presse [ Suisse | Luxembourg ], dans lesquels ils affirment insolemment que le but de la visite était supposément, entre autres, d'améliorer la situation des personnes présentant des variations du développement sexuel (intersexes), ce qui a ensuite été répété sans le remettre en question dans divers médias [ Français: Tribune de Genève, 360° | Allemand: Blick, Watson ].

Le groupe de défense des droits de l'homme Zwischengeschlecht.org note que dans les deux pays, les enfants intersexes continuent d'être systématiquement mutilés aux génitaux peu après leur naissance, ces violations graves des droits de l'homme étant financées dans les deux pays directement par les Etats concernés, par exemple en Suisse par l'assurance invalidité (IV).

C'est pourquoi la Suisse a déjà été condamnée sans équivoque à quatre reprises ces dernières années par des organes de l'ONU (Comité des droits de l'enfant, 2015; Comité contre la torture, 2015; Comité des droits de la femme, 2016; Comité des droits de l'homme, 2017). Malgré cela, les deux gouvernements, y compris leurs ministères de la justice, continuent de permettre aux auteurs de mutiler en toute impunité et même de les protéger.

Zwischengeschlecht.org condamne la complicité des deux Etats dans l'actuelle mutilation génitale des enfants intersexes et l'hypocrisie que les dirigeants politiques veulent maintenant agir en tant qu'assistants des personnes intersexes en excluant les violations massives des droits de l'homme selon un modèle connu, et encore une fois contraire aux faits réduire la souffrance des personnes intersexes à des questions d'identité de genre et de l'état civil, et à continuer à les approprier politiquement sous discrimination et les «questions LGBT» pour distraire l'attention de leur complicité.

L'ONU condamne les mutilations génitales sur les bébés intersexes (MGI)
Le Parlament Européen condamne les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes (MGI)
MGI en Suisse : “Traitement du passé” par la destruction des dossiers
« Je ne suis pas un monstre » : Mutilateurs des bébés intersexes à Luxembourg
Mutilations Intersexes : « Seule la peur du juge va bouger les choses »
C'est pourquoi le Comité contre la Torture va condamner la France pour les MGI

Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: L'ONU-CRC réprimande la France! 
UN-CEDAW réprimande la France – pour la 3e fois: MGI = “Pratique préjudiciable”

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