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Saturday 29 August 2015

UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) Investigates Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM) – Switzerland Called Upon to Disclose Numbers

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'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation!' - UNHRC Geneva 20.10.2012As the result of yet another >>> Thematic Intersex NGO Report (PDF, 1.66MB) by Zwischengeschlecht.org  / StopIGM.org, Intersex.ch and SI Selbsthilfe Intersexualität, the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) as the UN body monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) is discussing human rights violation of intersex people for the very first time, and calls upon Switzerland to disclose statistics on IGM Practices in their List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LoIPR) (CCPR/C/CHE/QPR/4, see below).

The Swiss state report addressing the questions of the LoIPR is due in November 2015.

Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org warmly welcomes the HRCttee's questions on intersex within the LoIPR and is looking forward to the further examination of Switzerland.

Like the ground-breaking 2015 recommendations by the Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Committee against Torture (CAT) and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilites (CRPD), this is yet another big win for the intersex movement – and StopIGM.org was once more in the forefront! To be continued ... 

(For those unfamiliar with how the UN Human Rights Mechanism of Periodic Reviews works: State parties as signatories to UN conventions or covenants have to submit to a periodic review process regarding their obligations under each convention they ratified. Under the new so-called "Simplified Reporting Procedure", which applied for the review mentioned above, UN monitoring bodies are transmitting state parties a "List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LoIPR)" before the state parties the write a periodical report incorporating the questions of the LoIPR, directly followed by the examination during the session, and thereafter the body issues Concluding Observations with binding recommendations to the state party – as opposed to the "regular (old style) reporting procedure", where the state party first produces a report, followed by the List of Issues (LoI) with questions by the UN body concerned, followed by answers to the LoI by the state party, and then the examination during the session followed by the Concluding Observation. At various points in this process, NGOs or Civil Society Orgnisations (CSOs) can report to the UN body concerned (so-called NGO or Shadow Reports). Every state party is up for a periodical review on every UN convention they are a signatory to about every five years.)

In their List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LoIPR), the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) addressed IGM Practices for the first time, referring to art. 7 (prevention of torture) and art. 24 (protection of the child) of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) (in line with the 2015 ground-breaking recommendations by the Committe on the Rights of the Child and the Committee against Torture, although the CCPR LoIPR predates those recommendations):

Human Rights Committee:
List of issues prior to submission of the fourth periodic report of Switzerland
(25 November 2014, CCPR/C/CHE/QPR/4, para 21, p. 5 >>> Download)

Rights of the child (arts. 7 and 24)

[...]

22.  Please comment on the reports of premature surgery and other medical treatment to which intersex children are subjected. Please indicate the number of intersex children who have undergone sex assignment surgery during the reporting period.

The struggle goes on ...

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

Intersex Genital Mutilations: NGO Report to HRCttee
Documents ongoing Human Rights Violations under CCPR
 What is Intersex? • How Common are IGM-Practices?
 No Law to Prevent IGM  No Data Collection & Statistics
 No Access to Justice & Redress  No Disinterested Research
>>> Download PDF (1.66 MB)  

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

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB)

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

Sunday 23 August 2015

USA > CO > Children’s Hospital Colorado > Intersex Genital Mutilations Continue, Despite Euphemisms and Denials by Doctors and Clinics (1)

On 4 January 2015 the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child considered non-consensual, unnecessary genital surgey and other medical treatments on children with variations of sex anatomy as a "harmful practice" (same as e.g. FGM or forced marriage), and on 14 August the UN Committee against Torture considered IGM Practices as "Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (CIDT)." Even in U.S. law discourse, the crimes against intersex children are starting to be called "Genital Mutilation".

Nonetheless, the perpetrators around the globe just continue mutilating intersex children – and even boast about it in public and in the media.

Some recent U.S. examples – Part 1:

1.  SOAR Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora CO

In a recent >>> article at 5280.com, the SOAR Clinic (“Sex Development Outcomes – Achieving Results”) flogs a typical PR article claiming how very much different intersex genitalia, erm, people are handled at Children’s Hospital Colorado as compared to "three decades [ago]", plus boasting of its newly instated, alleged "Support groups for patients, parents and siblings."

While the article does its very best to popularise these claims of "everything is different now", evidence to the contrary still shows in the cracks – as long as one looks close enough, and is familiar with the usual mutilators' "white lies" and "excuses" in order to be able to see through them. For example, the article states:

In fact, most children—with or without DSDs—don’t identify as male or female until they’re about two or three years old. For that reason, with inconclusive DSD cases the SOAR team asks parents to consider waiting on surgery that would cosmetically alter a child’s genitals until the child can make the decision. A few decades ago, doctors were quick to perform surgeries that altered babies’ genitalia if their body parts were considered abnormal; this led to a generation of men and women who were incorrectly raised as the opposite gender. “In an ideal world, we wouldn’t give the baby a gender and would let the child figure it out when he or she gets older,” Travers says. “But our society isn’t ready for that. Instead, we try to make the best decision. Then we encourage the families to have an open mind because we may not get it right.”

There, collected in one paragraph, we have already three of the more popular mutilator's fallacies aimed at confusing the less informed public:

1.  Genital mutilation is only really wrong, when it cuts the children to the "wrong gender". – Fact: IGM is always wrong, because it's non-consensual, unnecessary surgeries and other irreversible treatments leading to e.g. loss of sexual sensation, sterility and lifelong severe pain and trauma.

2.  As long as society is not "ready" to abolish gender in birth certificates etc., genital mutilations are necessary and the "natural way". – Fact: IGM is always wrong, because it clearly violates the children's rights to bodily integrity, self-determination and autonomy – or would the same doctors seriously argue, that FGM in Africa would be A-OK and the way to go, until e.g. "patriarchy and cultural beliefs calling for FGM are abolished first"?! (Btw. ISNA debugged the mutilators' fallacy, genital mutilations could be justified by "having to assign a sex" decades ago.)

3.  Today, we don't do genital mutilations anymore. – Fact: IGM persists at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the overwhelming majority, if not virtually all cases, as the doctors admit themselves (albeit thinly veiled) when claiming, "with inconclusive DSD cases the SOAR team asks parents to consider waiting on surgery that would cosmetically alter a child’s genitals until the child can make the decision": Though the article doesn't spell it out, the really "inconclusive cases" (in the eyes of the doctors, any more enlightened person might note "clonclusively intersex") are only very few, comparable to the earlier medical distinction of the very few "true hermaphrodites" vs. the overwhelming majority of "pseudo hermaphrodites". So, if only in the "inconclusive DSD cases" parents are "[asked] to consider waiting on surgery" , the hospital in fact advocates infant genital mutilation from the very beginning in almost any and every "case". What's more, since the article states in the same paragraph, "most children—with or without DSDs—don’t identify as male or female until they’re about two or three years old," this clearly indicates that, according to the Children’s Hospital Colorado, at three years latest, parents can stop "waiting on surgery" anyway – again without even the slightest consideration for the gross violation of the children's rights to bodily integrity, self-determination and autonomy. Fittingly, the paediatric urology surgery unit in combination with the gynaecology surgery unit at "SOAR" offer unnecessary and mutilating surgery on virtually any intersex diagnosis, including "Ambiguous genitalia, Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) , Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Clitoromegaly, Hypospadias" (Urology) and "Absent vagina, External or internal genital anomalies, Disorders of sexual [sic!] development" (Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology).

While the SOAR clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado has to be commended for listing and linking at least some (mostly parents-lead) independent Peer Support Groups on their homepage, unfortunately all such embellishments and sweet-talking won't change the persisting basic injustice:

Only if their parents vehemently refuse having unnecessary and harmful "genital corrections" done on them by unethical and irresponsible pedo doctors, intersex children will have at least a fighting chance of growing up without suffering genital mutilations – also at SOAR in Colorado.

IGM practices are a crime – perpetrators must be punished, survivors allowed access to redress and justice!

In the next installments, we'll be looking at the current harmful practice at UCSF CA, UCLA CA, the Albany Medical College NY, ...

>>> Intersex Surgeon: "Only Fear of the Judge Will Make My Collegues Change"
>>> UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) Condemns Intersex Genital Mutilations
>>> UN Committee of the Rights of the Child (CRC) Declares IGM a Harmful Practice

Friday 21 August 2015

Bearing Witness to IGM > "It’s a Human Rights Issue!" - Daniela Truffer, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 20.08.2015

Daniela Truffer, CEDAW #43, Geneva 26.01.2009

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation!Bearing witness to IGM – to end it! The more people know specifics about IGM Practices, the sooner these gross human rights violations perpetrated in children's clinics around the globe will be HISTORY.

>>> Powerful testimony by Daniela "Nella" Truffer (PDF)
in the new edition of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, vol. 5 no. 2 (2015), together with 19 more, incl. by Hida Viloria and Kimberly Zieselmann, and 4 commentaries, incl. by Lih-Mei Liao and Katrina Karkazis, in a thematic intersex section edited by Georgiann Davis and Ellen Feder (p 87-150 + online). Thanks! Hopefully yet more contributions will become available online for free ...

Thursday 20 August 2015

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

Discussion with a participant of 'I$HID 2011' outside UCH Education Centre, London

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

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

Made on occasion of the protests vs. the infamous 'Live Genital Mutilations' perpetrated during the last day of the 'IV ISHID World Congress' on September 17th–19th 2011 London, video by Richard of MenDoComplain. Many thanks! 

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

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

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents  

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

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB) 

Friday 14 August 2015

UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) Condemns Intersex Genital Mutilations, Calls For Legislative Measures

Photo: UNHRC UPR #14, Geneva 20.10.2012

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, 14.08.2015:

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org warmly welcomes the historic 2015 "Concluding Observations" of the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) for Switzerland.
>>>  CAT/C/CHE/CO/7, PDF, french, on intersex p. 7, para. 20

We particularly appreciate the Committee specifically demanding "legislative, administrative and other necessary measures", both to eliminate the practice and to ensure access to redress and compensation for survivors, as well as referencing both the recommendations by the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK-CNE) (underlining the need for legal revision including liability, criminal law and statutes of limitation) and the recent recommendations by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) (CRC/C/CHE/CO/2-4, recognising IGM as a Harmful Practice).

And we are very pleased that the Committee further explicitly calls for an investigation into the hitherto existing, and also in Swiss children's clinics still ongoing practice (so far only the Zurich University Children's Clinic has started a process of coming to terms and historical reevaluation, so far without any support by the state), and last but not least for adequate psychosocial support for parents and persons concerned instead of non-consensual, mutilating genital surgery on defenceless children.

Now the Federal Government and Parliaments are called upon to finally stop beating around the bush, but – in consultation with intersex people and their organisations – to take expeditious and adequate legislative action – like the National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics already stipulated in 2012.

The fight of intersex people and their organisations for "bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination" and to eliminate IGM practices is far from over. However, the Concluding Observations by the Committee against Torture mark another important and most welcome step towards these goals – and a sign of hope for intersex children everywhere!

[ Unofficial translation of CAT recommendation 20 on intersex after the break ]

>>> Geneva 2015: UN Committee against Torture (CAT) criticises IGM Practices
>>>
2015 CAT NGO Report "Intersex Genital Mutilations" (PDF 3.46 MB)
>>>
2015 CAT Briefing "IGM as Torture or CIDT" (PDF 1.7 MB)
>>>
CAT 2011: Germany should investigate IGM Practices and compensate survivors!

Continue reading...

Wednesday 12 August 2015

Bearing Witness to IGM > "I spent my life in fear, pain and shame"

>>> Video on Aljazeera | Whole Interview (Transcript)
>>> Intersex Fact Check: '3rd Gender in Germany' - true or false? 

Continue reading...

Monday 10 August 2015

Bearing Witness To IGM > Canada > Janik Bastien-Charlebois, Montreal Gazette 09.08.2015

3rd Intersex Forum 2013Janik Bastien-Charlebois (3rd from front, leftmost) @ 3. Intersex Forum 2013 in Malta

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation!Bearing witness to IGM – to end it! The more people know specifics about IGM Practices, the sooner these gross human rights violations in children's clinics around the globe will be HISTORY.

This blog says KUDOS to Janik Bastien-Charlebois

Shortly before my 17 birthday, my mom once told me, as we were driving in her car, that if I wanted a free surgery, I had to submit myself to one before I turned 18. Else it would be considered a cosmetic surgery and I would have to pay for it – something that would be pretty expensive to the point of being inaccessible for the young person I was. I was faced with an ultimatum. I did not desire surgery, but I was still unsure as to whether I would be loved as I was, and was afraid that finding that out after 18 would represent a risk. And then, wasn’t it what I had to do after all? «Sicknesses» and «malformations» are to be cured, not kept. And though I was offered a «choice», the very fact that it was offered where others are not conveys the message that it should be. The very fact that I had my clitoris touched and prodded in my youth had made me understand it was not entirely mine and that it would make sense that medicine remove whatever it is that it finds too much in it.

I was 17 when I went to see a doctor to have my genitals examined one last time, asking again if I «felt something». He told me that if I underwent the surgery, I would lose some sensation. I said fine. Sexuality was foreign to me, as I was submerged in a dominant and pervasive heterosexual culture. So yeah, «fine». And so I signed a consent form for a surgery at Sainte-Justine Hospital. I remember feeling uneasy about the terms, which were implying that that was my decision and my decision alone, castigating me in advance for doubts or second thoughts I could have. Dispossessed and overwhelmed, I went through the conformation machine like an automaton on rails.

The sickness of post-operative treatment and the pain of the wound hit hard. I never experienced such stabbing pains in my life, as nerves were dying out – nor was told I would be subjected to them. And I never expected my post-op genitals would look like a scary swollen «whatever» – nor was told they would look so. I remember one fleeting lucidity moment, as I lay on my bed on the first night after my surgery, looking at my hospital room ceiling thinking: «One day I’ll have to deal with all of this». Self-protection is strong, however. It would not fully resurface until 18 years later, and then only in progressive steps.

>>> Fulltext @ Montreal Gazette 

Sunday 9 August 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>>> Intersex Protest #2 vs. 'D$Dnet' Genital Mutilators, Pt. 2 feat. Daniela Truffer

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

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

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

Saturday 8 August 2015

IGM Practices: "Only Fear of the Judge Will Make My Collegues Change," Says Swiss Paediatric Surgeon

On occasion of the criticism of IMG Pactices by the UN Committee against Torture, the Swiss french language newspapers >>> "Tribune de Genéve" and >>> "24 heures" featured a great and prominent article by Caroline Zuercher (online 02.08.2015, print 03.08.2016 on p. 5 respectively 6).

In it, Daniela "Nella" Truffer (StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org) once more bears testimony on the gross human rights violations perpretrated on intersex children, and calls for legislative action.

Also the Swiss paediatric surgeon Blaise Meyrat (University Clinic Lausanne) talks straight – on IGM Practices in general, and the urgent need for prolonging the statutes of limitations in particular.

This blog says many thanks!

An english translation of the ground-breaking statement by Blaise Meyrat after the scan:

The Fear of the Judge

«I advocate not to do it, but such interventions persist in Switzerland,» regrets Dr Blaise Meyrat, padiatric surgeon at CHUV Lausanne [University Clinic].

«Things hardly evolve in the medical sphere.» According to Meyrat, this reluctance can be explained by «a fear of admitting to have erred.»

«In my opinion, only the fear of the judge will make things change,» he continues. «We need statutes of limitation long enough so that victims may sue as adults.»

He admits, if the statutes of limitations were adapted, he himself could be pursued through the courts by persons concerned. «Back then, I believed I did the right thing by operating on these children» he sighs. «Also, we didn't have all the scientific literature available today ... Medicine has been exremely violent against these people.»

Since 1993, he doesn't practice gender-assigning surgery on children anymore. «I've been thinking about it for quite a while» he recalls. «For me, it's a question of ethics, but my public interventions have triggered violent reactions by my collegues. Today, doctors can't claim they didn't know it anymore.»

>>> Fulltext online (in french): "Tribune de Genéve" | "24 heures"

>>> Geneva 2015: UN Committee against Torture (CAT) criticises IGM Practices

>>> CAT 2011: Germany should investigate IGM Practices and compensate survivors!

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

Thursday 6 August 2015

LIVE: Geneva > UN Committee against Torture criticises IGM Practices during 55th Session - Switzerland: "Measures" this year - or 2016?

CAT member Sapana Pradhan-Malla asking questions re: Intersex + IGM, Geneva 3.8.2015

STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookStopIGM.org reporting live from the 55th Session of the UN Committee against Torture (CAT): 7th Periodic review of Switzerland, Mon 3 Aug from 10am, and Tue 4 Aug from 3pm!

A word transcript will follow, after the video recordings become available via http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/category/webcast-archives/cat/.

Session 2: Tuesday 4 August 2015

Tue 17:45 - Follow-up answer on intersex, again by by Mr. Alexis Schmocker, lawyer at the Federal Office of Justice, Directorate of Penal Law and Recourse (DJP), offering some new details, but nothing substantially new.

Tue 17:26 - After a short break, the Swiss delegation now continues with their answers and comments, starting again with the definition of torture and its place in Swiss law.

Tue 16:45 - Rapporteur Sapana Pradhan-Malla (Nepal) is just asking more questions on IGM Practices. She welcomed the Swiss answer and the NEK-CNE report and recommendations, but these would stem from 2012 and now we have 2015. According to the Convention, the State Party is obliged to prevent ill-treatment, and NEK-CNE themselves have criticised the treatment justified by psychosocial indications and called for legal action. How does Switzerland want to ensure the right to bodily integrity and other rights of the persons concerned?

Tue 15:18 - Just now comes the (comparatively short) answer on intersex, given by Mr. Alexis Schmocker, lawyer at the Federal Office of Justice, Directorate of Penal Law and Recourse (DJP):

After 3 parliamentry interventions [in 2011], the Gov is now sensitive of the problem, and has ordered the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK-CNE) to investigate, and issue a report and recommendations, wich were published in November 2012, and contained 13 [sic!] recommendations [in fact there were 14 recommendations, NOT 13!]. The Federal Gov is now examining these recommendations and will discuss measures by the end of 2015 or in the beginning of 2016.

My 2 cents: Not only have the responsible politicians obviously not even properly read the ground-breaking NEK-CNE report yet (how difficult is it to count to 14?!), but without powerful 'incentives' they'll obviously would like to just keep it that way! Notably, also the mentioned 3 parliamentary interventions were the result of a 4-year campaign by intersex NGOs. Hopefully, the Committee will issue strong recommendations to 'invite' the Swiss Gov to finally get active!

Tue 15:13 - Now it's about corporal punishment of children.

Tue 15:05 - Today's programme: 90 min answers and comments by the delegation, then 45 min dialogue with and further questions by Committee, followed by 45 min answers and comments. In additition, the delegation has 2 days to answer further in writing. The 1st answer concerns the definition of torture and the lack of specific legislation in the Swiss law.

Tue 14:59 - Today's 2nd session will see the answers of the Swiss delegation to the questions of the Committee during yesterday's session.  The online-transmission on http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/treaty-body-webcast-ii/ is now online!

Session 1: Monday 3 August 2015

Mon 11:03 – The online-transmission on http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/treaty-body-webcast-ii/ is (after initial technical problems) now live!

Today's programme: So far the Chair Claudio Grossman (Chile) welcomed the Swiss delegation, which introduced themselves. Then the Committee's rapporteur for Switzerland, Mr. Abdoulaye Gaye from Senegal covered Art. 1-9 . Now Rapporteur Ms. Sapana Pradhan-Malla (Nepal) asks Question on Art. 10-16 of the Convention, and she just now addressed IGM Practices!

Mon 11:15 - Rapporteur Sapana Pradhan-Malla (Nepal) just addressed IGM Practices! She explictly mentioned "harmful practices taking place regardng intersex", and further mentioned (and quoted) from the 2011 CAT recommendations, the 2013 report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture (extensively), the 2009 CEDAW recommendations, and the 2015 CRC recommendations (again extensively, including "caus[ing] severe physical and psychological suffering"). And then asked the delegation explicitly about "any mesaures taken in this regard?" YAY!!! The Answers of the Swiss delegation are expected for tomorrow. 

>>> Geneva 2015: UN Committee against Torture (CAT) to investigate IGM Practices

>>> CAT 2011: Germany should investigate IGM Practices and compensate survivors!

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

Monday 3 August 2015

UN Committee against Torture (CAT) to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilations

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This Monday and Tuesday, 3–4 August 2015, on occasion of the 55th session of the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), the Swiss state delegation will be questioned by the Committee during the constructive dialogue at Palais Wilson in Geneva. Later the Committee is to issue binding Concluding Observations. IGM Practices are once more on the agenda:

StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org and the Swiss self-help groups Intersex.ch and SI Selbsthilfe Intersexualität have submitted an extensive Thematic Intersex NGO Report (Download PDF | more).

During an NGO meeting with the Committee last Thursday, after a 5 minute Briefing on Intersex and IGM as Torture or Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (CIDT), our report has been lauded as as very informative, and one of the Committee's rapporteurs for Switzerland declared interest to include our concerns in the Concluding Observations.

So chances are intact that the Committee – following their ground-breaking 2011 recommendations to Germany – will again address human rights violations of intersex people, after unfortunately ignoring recent reports submitted by intersex organisations from New Zealand (ITANZ) and Australia (OII) (for links to these reports see in the Bibliography in our thematic Report, on p. 53).

StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org will be present during the state review and will report live. The Concluding Observations are due on 14 August 2015. Keep your fingers crossed!

>>> Geneva 2015: UN Committee against Torture (CAT) criticises IGM Practices

>>> CAT: Germany should investigate IGM Practices and compensate survivors!

IGM as Torture or CIDT: 2015 UN-CAT Briefing
 1.  Personal Testimony – A Survivor's Perspective
 2.  IGM Practices as Torture or CIDT
 3.  Recommendations
>>> Download PDF (1.14 MB)   >>> Text only DOC 

Wednesday 15 July 2015

Thematic Intersex NGO Report to Committee against Torture (CAT)

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

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

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

>>> Download as PDF (3.46 MB)

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

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

>>> CAT: Germany should investigate IGM Practices and compensate survivors!

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

Thursday 9 July 2015

'Rights of the Child Clearly Violated' - Dr Tiger talking IGM Type 1, Pt. 2

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

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

Wednesday 8 July 2015

IGM as Torture or CIDT: 2015 UN-CAT Briefing, Geneva 30.07.2015

IGM as Torture or CIDT: 2015 UN-CAT Briefing
 1.  Personal Testimony – A Survivor's Perspective
 2.  IGM Practices as Torture or CIDT
 3.  Recommendations
>>> Download PDF (1.7 MB)   >>> Text only DOC 

At the NGO meeting before the upcoming review of Switzerland, Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org had allocated 5 minutes to brief the Committee against Torture (CAT) on Intersex and IGM Practices, and to illustrate why IGM Practices constitute Torture or Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (CIDT).

Our presentation went rather well. Though the Committee had no further questions, Daniela's powerful testimony had swung it – and our thematic intersex NGO report (Download PDF | more) was highlighted as very informative by one of the Committee's rapporteurs for Switzerland, who also declared interest to follow-up on our concerns during the review (03.–04.08.) – THANKS!

We now hope for strong Concluding Observations on the topic, due on August 14. Keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday 7 July 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 27 June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

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

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

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

Wednesday 24 June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 23 June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 22 June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 20 June 2015

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

Open Letter of Concern to '6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop' and affiliated Clinics
VIDEO 3 'Bodily integrity & self-determination' - IGM Type 1 - Tiger Devore
VIDEO 2 'Unnecessary & harmful' - IGM Type 1: 'Hypospadias Repair' - Tiger Devore
VIDEO 1 Tiger Devore talks IGM Type 1, Part1/4: 'Clitoral Cutting vs. Hypospadias Repair'

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   TABLE OF CONTENTS:
   1.  I$HID: IGM Global Inc.
   2. "6th I$HID Hypo 2015": Live Pedo Surgery Nonstop
   3.  Lucrative Human Rights Violations:    
        A Millionaire from Intersex Genital Mutilations
   4.  Info + Protests: All the Dates

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

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

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

1.  I$HID: IGM Global Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.  Lucrative Human Rights Violations:
     A Millionaire from Intersex Genital Mutilations

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

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

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

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

4.  Info + Protests: All the Dates

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

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

    "STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO 3 'Bodily integrity & self-determination' - IGM Type 1 - Tiger Devore
VIDEO 2 'Unnecessary & harmful' - IGM Type 1: 'Hypospadias Repair' - Tiger Devore
VIDEO 1 Tiger Devore talks IGM Type 1: 'Clitoral Cutting vs. Hypospadias Repair'
>>> Open Letter of Concern to '4th ISHID World Congress 2011' (PDF)
>>> Press Release 17.09.2011: 'Hermaphrodites Target Pedo Docs'
>>> VIDEO 'Three Vigils': ISHID 2011 Protests

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

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

Tuesday 16 June 2015

"Stop the Mutilation of Intersex Children" - Intersex Protest #2 vs. 'D$Dnet' Genital Mutilators, Pt. 2 feat. Daniela Truffer

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

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

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On day #2 of the '1st D$Dnet Training School' advocating IGM practices, the participants were greeted by the (admittedly small) obligatory nonviolent intersex protest, also brandishing placard no. 2 in a new series featuring IGM survivors speaking out – in this case Swiss intersex activist and IGM survivor, StopIGM.org's one and only Daniela "Nella" Truffer, flanked by fellow survivors Claudia Kasper and the late Katrin Ann Kunze (see above).

The placard's design of course was a blow-up of a 3-page interview on IGM practices in the current issue of Geneva LGBT mag "360", and the cropped foto there in turn shot on occasion of a protest vs. the 64th Annual Meeting of the 'German Society for Urology (DGU), Leipzig 28.09.2012:

Daniela, the intersex person having participated most frequently in nonviolent intersex protests on this planet by quite some margin (current IGM protester global rank #2 with just shy of 100 actions under her belt), was prevented from attending today's protest due to her beloved dog (and seasoned intersex protest veteran) Baiba (current global rank #5) having just returned from ICU, fighting for her life against an unknown but serious internal infection.

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

This blog sautes Daniela for her exceptional leadership in actively and effectively combatting both IGM practices and perpetrators, and protecting future generations from being mutilated like she has been – far above and beyond any call of duty.

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

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

Monday 15 June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 12 June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

>>> on Vimeo

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

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