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Wednesday 27 April 2016

[ UPDATED: Session 2, 16:50h ] Geneva > France Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committee against Torture!

>>> Français 

Jens Modvig, CAT Chairperson and co-rapporteur for France
asking the French delegation about IGM practices, Palais Wilson 19.04.2016, ca. 11:15h

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

France is currently up for review of IGM practices at the 57th session of the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) on
Tue 19 April 10:00-13:00h + Wed 20. April 15:00-18:00h.

The Session should be archived at treatybodywebcast.org.

StopIGM.org reported LIVE from Palais Wilson, and is currently completing the Unofficial Transcripts and Translations of Intersex Q&As:

Session 2, Wed 20.04.2016, 15-18h

18:02h: Chairperson Jens Modvig closes the session. Let's hope for strong binding recommendations to enact legislation to prevent IGM!

18:00h: Closing remarks by the head of the French delegation.

17:51h: Disciplinary measures in prisons ... 17:30h: Session resumed. Delegation now talking about statutes of limitations (NOT regarding survivors of IGM of course) ...

17:15h: Intermission! Phew ...

Ca. 16:50h: Chairperson Jens Modvig follows up on intersex children! As a doctor himself, he points out the counselling shouldn't given by the surgeons convinced of themselves, but by others, including by IGM survivors (peer support). YAY!! :-)

«The last question I have is regarding the account on treatment of intersex people which is highly appreciated, but I think the worry here is, if those that do the treatment are those that give the counselling. Because you will always have a tendency, and I'm a medical doctor, I know it myself that we think it's so wonderful what we're able to do. And this gives a somewhat biased view. And I think the counselling that would be really useful to put in perspective the early surgery would involve much more neutral facilities, even persons who themselves have been subjected to intersex genital mutilation, so that parents and treatment people to a much larger degree could see the long-term impact of the treatment and actually the fact, that we don't know if it actually adds to quality of life. So I think this is maybe the desired situation, and not only that the surgeons themselves advise the parents. That could be considered a little bit too narrow.»

16:28h: Intersex children now up! The usual excuses so far ... "childs best interest" would justify unnecessary "treatments" ... "gender diversity" as a focal point, OF COURSE ... mostly verbatim the same old BS as in the French Senate earlier, and in front of the Committee on the Rights of the Child ... It's an OUTRAGE!! Transcript to follow! :-(

16:22h: Psychiatric institutions now on: isolation, solitary confinement and use of restraints ...

16:15h: Senior police officers now answering questions regarding police violence and excessive use of force and (fire) arms, injury and deaths in custody, less lethal weapons, collateral damage, reports of sexual abuse by soldiers in Central Africa (statutory rape of minors), training on ethics, human rights, rules of engagement ...

16:01h: Now about training of security forces and medical officers (in detention settings).

15:51h: Moving on to vulnerable asylum seekers, and the "migrants in Calais".

15:46h: It's still about prisons, body and cavity searches, disciplinary measures, access to psychiatric care ...

15:06h: The session started now after a short delay (due to the French delegation failing to deliver their copies for the interpreters) and the live transmission is on! The first answers concern prisons.

14:46h: The French delegation just arrived, and today's session with the much anticipated answers of France to the damning questions by the Committee will start shortly. If everything works out, it will be transmitted live on the web. Anyways we'll keep you posted here!

Session 1, Tue 19.04.2016, 10-13h

Ca. 11:15h: CAT chairperson and co-rapporteur for France, Jens Modvig asked the French delegation about measures against Intersex Genital Mutilations in France! YAY!!!

«In terms of intersex children the Committee knows that in France doctors in public and private clinics regularly perform non-consensual Intersex Genital Mutilation surgeries on intersex infants and children despite the fact that Intersex Genital Mutilation has been found to cause severe pain and suffering.

Please inform the Committee whether counselling services and psychological support are provided to intersex children and their parents on an obligatory basis. Does the State Party intend to take any measures to protect the rights of intersex infants and children?»  

Ca. 11:30h: Committee member Sapana Pradhan-Malla referred to previous criticism by CAT and others continued to ask if France has any plans to to ensure access to redress and justice for IGM survivors! YAY!!!

«My third concern is, we have also received reports regarding the cruel and inhuman treatment of persons with intersex variations in France who are submitted to involuntarily masculinising or feminising genital surgeries, sterilising procedures, medical display, and unethical experimentation often during the first years of their life.

Persons concerned witness that such treatments cause lifetime harm and suffering, but such harmful practice is advocated by High Authority of Health paid for by public health insurance and practiced in public university clinics as well.

The Special Rapporteur on Torture as well as our Committee have made many critiques of such practices in many countries and recommended to take all appropriate measures to prevent such practice and also to ensure justice.

And therefore we would like to know, Madame, if your delegation is aware about such human rights violations in your country and if any legislative measures are planned to prevent involuntary treatment and also if you are trying to make any effort to ensure justice to such a human rights violation. Thank you.» 

12:59h: Chairperson Jens Modvig concludes today's 1st Session with France. The replies on intersex by the French delegation are due tomorrow during the 2nd Session, Wed 20. April 15:00-18:00h. To be continued ... 

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

>>> French Government: IGM-Perpetrators "best suited" to "prevent" Mutilations
>>>
Minister Stalls & Diverts: France questioned over IGM by UN-CRC – Full Transcript 
>>>
IGM = "Harmful Practice" + "Violence": UN-CRC Reprimands France

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Sunday 24 April 2016

UN Press Release addresses Intersex Genital Mutilations in France

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'The UN has issued a >>> Press Release on the review of France by the UN Committe against Torture, which mentions the questions by the Committe on Intersex Genital Mutilations as well as the outrageous answer by the French delegation defending IGM practices by hook or by crook. Let's hope for strong binding recommendations for France by the Committee!

Read below the relevant excerpts on IGM in France:

The Committee against Torture reviews report of France - See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=19849&LangID=E#sthash.qxdfgV4n.dpuf
The Committee against Torture reviews report of France - See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=19849&LangID=E#sthash.qxdfgV4n.dpuf
The Committee against Torture reviews report of France - See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=19849&LangID=E#sthash.jsfLNpig.dpuf

The Committee against Torture reviews report of France

«The Chairperson, joined by other Experts, noted concerns with regard to violations of the rights of intersex children, including involuntary treatment.» 

«With regards to intersex children, a [French] delegate said that therapy was made on a case by case basis, with the best interest of the child taken into consideration and given due consideration and information to permanent consequences of such operations.» 

«JENS MODVIG, Chairperson of the Committee and Country Co-Rapporteur for France [...] Referring to the situation of intersex persons, he asked whether those doing the treatment were those doing the counselling.»

>>> Thematic NGO Report to Committee against Torture on IGM Practices in France  
>>>
France Questioned over IGM Practices by the UN Committee against Torture
>>>
French Government: IGM-Perpetrators "best suited" to "prevent" Mutilations
>>>
IGM = "Harmful Practice" + "Violence": UN-CRC Reprimands France

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Saturday 23 April 2016

Comuniqué de Presse de l'ONU aborde la thématique des Mutilations Génitales Intersexes en France

Intersex Symbol with IGM=L'ONU a publié un >>> Comuniqué de Presse sur l'examen de la France par le Comité contre la torture, qui prend pour sujets les question du Comité concernant les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes, tout comme la réponse scandaleuse de la délégation française. On espère d'obtenir de fortes recommendations obligatoires pour la France par le Comité!

Voilà les extraits importants sur les MGI en France:

Le Comité contre la torture examine le rapport de la France

GENEVE (21 avril 2016) - Le Comité contre la torture a examiné, hier matin et cet après-midi, le rapport périodique présenté par la France sur les mesures qu'elle a prises pour mettre en œuvre la Convention contre la torture et autres peines ou traitements cruels, inhumains ou dégradants. [...]

La délégation a répondu aux questions qui lui étaient adressées par les membres du Comité s'agissant, notamment, [...] des interventions chirurgicales pratiquées sur des enfants intersexués. [...]

Le corapporteur [M. Modvig] a également abordé le problème posé par les interventions chirurgicales effectuées sur des enfants intersexués, alors que celles-ci sont désormais considérées comme aussi traumatisantes qu'illégitimes. [...]

Une experte [...] Abordant elle aussi la question de la chirurgie plastique pratiquée sur les enfants intersexués, elle a souhaité savoir si des mesures avaient été prises contre de tels traitements réalisés sans l'assentiment des personnes concernées.  Des mesures de réparations sont-elles possible à la suite de telles violations des droits de l'homme, a-t-elle demandé? [...]

Un expert [...] Un aide psychologique pour les personnes intersexuées qui ont été mutilées à la suite d'une opération chirurgicale semble indispensable, a-t-il par ailleurs estimé. [...]

En réponse aux préoccupations soulevées par les interventions chirurgicales rectificatives pratiquées sur des enfants intersexués, dont le genre est indéterminé à la naissance, la délégation a souligné qu'il s'agit d'un sujet complexe.  Le centre des maladies rares travaille sur cette question, a-t-elle ajouté.  Le recours à un centre de référence est fondamental dans la prise de décision, a également souligné la délégation.  Elle a rappelé qu'il n'y avait pas consensus sur d'éventuelles interventions irréversibles, qui peuvent potentiellement être vécues comme une mutilation inacceptable.  Le Comité national d'éthique va être saisi de cette question, a indiqué la délégation. [...]

>>> C'est pourquoi le Comité contre la Torture va condamner la France pour les MGI
>>>
Le Comité de l' ONU contre la Torture questionne la France sur les MGI!
>>>
Mutilations Genitales Intersexes: « Les politiciens et les médecins refusent d'écouter! »

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: la France interrogée par le Comité contre la Torture aujourd'hui

Une équipe d'ARTE enregistre l'examen de la France par le Comité contre la Torture (CAT)
pour un documentaire prévu pour le 28.05.2016, Palais Wilson 19.04.2016

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Comuniqué de Presse par StopIGM.org 20.04.2016:

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

En Février la France a été condamnée par le Comité des Droits de l'Enfant de l'ONU pour les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes. Aujourd'hui le gouvernement français doit s'expliquer devant le Comité contre la Torture. Hier le président et d'autres membres du Comité ont critiqué la délégation française et ont demandé des "mesures judiciaires". >>> voir transcriptions

Vincent Guillot, en collaboration avec l'ONG internationale intersex StopIGM.org,a informé le Comité sur les graves violations des droits humains:

«Depuis plus de dix ans je m'engage pour que les enfants intersexes ne souffrent plus comme moi, mais les politiciens et les médecins refusent d'écouter.»

«Au sénat, le gouvernement a annoncé vouloir se concentrer sur des questions d'état-civil et d'identité de genre, questions marginales pour les enfants intersexes.»

«En France jusqu'à aujourd'hui il n'y a aucune loi qui protège les enfants intersexes des mutilations quotidiennes.» >>> voir plus

La réponse du gouvernement français sera retransmise aujourd'hui 15:00-18:00h EN DIRECT via treatybodywebcast.org. Vincent Guillot et StopIGM.org suivent l'examen de la France sur place à Genève.

Contexte: l'ONU condamne les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes

Le Comité des Droits de l'Enfant, le Comité contre la Torture et d'autres ont déjà reprimandé la France, l'Allemagne, la Suisse, le Denmark, l'Autriche et l'Irlande, et condamné les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes comme "practice préjudiciable" et "traitement inhumain". Jusqu'à présent l'ONU a condamné les pratiques MGI 10 fois.

Actuellement le Comité contre la Torture examine la France pendant sa 57ième session.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meilleures salutations

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

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

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info

http://StopIGM.org

>>> C'est pourquoi le Comité contre la Torture va condamner la France pour les MGI
>>>
Le Comité de l' ONU contre la Torture questionne la France sur les MGI!
>>>
Mutilations Genitales Intersexes: « Les politiciens et les médecins refusent d'écouter! »

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

C'est pourquoi le Comité contre la Torture de l'ONU va condamner la France pour les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes

>>> English  

Rapport au Comité contre la Torture démontre les crimes contre enfants intersexes en France

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookLes Mutilations Génitales Intersexes (MGI) constituent un "traitement inhumain" explicitament interdit par la Convention contre la Torture (CAT).

Le rapport soumis par Vincent Guillot et l'ONG internationale intersex StopIGM.org explique pourqoi la 57ième session Comité contre la Torture va condamner la France pour faciliter et promouvoir ces graves violations des droits humains (p. 13):

A.4.  Absence de dispositions législatives, impunité des auteurs

L'article 2 de la Convention [contre la Torture] oblige les États signataires « à prendre des mesures législatives, administratives et judiciaires et d'autres pour empêcher tout acte de torture dans tous les territoires sous sa juridiction ». Le Commentaire général 2 affirme : « l'obligation de lutter concrètement contre les mauvais traitements est en lien et en accord avec l'obligation d'empêcher la torture » et impose de la même façon aux États signataires « d'éliminer tout obstacle législatif ou autre qui empêche l'éradication de la torture et des mauvais traitements, et de prendre des mesures positives et effectives pour s'assurer que de tels comportements et leur réapparition soient réellement empêchés. »

En conformité avec ces déclarations, au regard des Mutilation Genitales Intersexes, le Comité a déjà explicitement reconnu les obligations des États signataires de « prendre les mesures législatives, administratives et autres pour garantir le respect de l'intégrité physique et l'autodétermination des personnes intersexes, et de garantir qu'aucun nourrisson ne subisse de protocole médical et chirurgical qui ne présente pas d'urgence. » (26)

Cependant, la France, en tant qu'état signataire, bien qu'admettant aujourd'hui avoir été informée de « cette question très récente » (27) et avoir demandé au Comité consultatif national d’éthique pour les sciences de la vie et de la santé d'enquêter sur le sujet (28), refuse toujours « de prendre des mesures législatives, administratives, judiciaires et autres » pour protéger les enfants intersexes, mais au lieu de cela affirme que « l'expertise » des chirurgiens eux-mêmes serait plus adaptée pour garantir la lutte contre les graves violations des droits humains sur les enfants intersexes :

« Dans ces situations médicales complexes, aux conséquences multiples tout au long de la vie, la qualité de l'expertise, de la prise en charge et du dialogue continu est le meilleur garant du respect des droits de l'enfant. Elle doit permettre d'éviter toute décision hâtive et tout acte qui pourrait être vécu plus tard comme une mutilation inacceptable. » (29)

(26)  CAT/C/CHE/CO/7, 14 août 2015, para 20: http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/CAT_C_CHE_CO_7-Concl-Obs-Switzerland-2015_G1520151.pdf
(27)  porte-parole de la délégation française Laurence Rossignol pendant l'examen par le Comité aux droits de l'enfant à Genève le 13 janvier 2016, compte-rendu non officiel: http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/pages/Geneve-Comite-de-l-ONU-des-Droits-de-l-Enfant-questionne-la-France-sur-les-Mutilations-Genitales-Intersex
(28)  La ministre française pour la famille, et aux droits des femmes et des enfants actuelle Laurence Rossignol au Sénat au sujet de l’interdiction des mutilations génitales (10.02.2016) http://www.senat.fr/questions/base/2015/qSEQ15101276S.html
(29)
  ibid.

>>> Le Comité de l' ONU contre la Torture questionne la France sur les MGI!
>>>
Mutilations Genitales Intersexes: « Les politiciens et les médecins refusent d'écouter! »

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Mutilations Genitales Intersexes en France: « Les politiciens et les médecins refusent d'écouter! »

Témoignages sur MGI, 57ème Session du Comité de l'ONU contre la Torture:
Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org), Vincent Guillot (France), Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org)
Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebookau Palais Wilson avant de l'ONG briefing avec le Comité, Genève 18.04.2016

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

C'est le tour de la France pour l'examen sur les pratiques MGI à la 57ème Session du Comité de l'ONU contre la Torture (CAT),
19. Avril 10:00-13:00h et 20. Avril 15:00-18:00h.

Retransmise EN DIRECT sur treatybodywebcast.org. StopIGM.org va rapporter du Palais Wilson, et va >>> publier ici des transcriptions non officielles des Questions et Réponses sur l'Intersexuation.

Ci-dessous la fin de l'intervention de Vincent Guillot pendant l'ONG briefing avec le Comité contre la Torture (CAT):

«Depuis plus de dix ans je m'engage pour que les enfants intersexes ne souffrent plus comme moi, mais les politiciens et les médecins refusent d'écouter.

Par exemple, en novembre dernier, j'ai envoyé une lettre aux ministres de la justice et de la santé mais je n'ai pas reçu de réponse.

C'est seulement après que la france ai été réprimandé par le comité des droits des enfants que l'assurance maladie publique m'a répondu que la pratique est- je cite- "justifiée car approuvée par les acteurs de santé".

Au sénat, le gouvernement a annoncé vouloir se concentrer sur des questions d'état-civil et d'identité de genre, questions marginales pour les enfants intersexes.

J'attends toujours la réponse du ministère de la justice au sujet des mutilations génitales.

En France jusqu'à aujourd'hui il n'y a aucune loi qui protège les enfants intersexes des mutilations quotidiennes.

J'appelle le comité à demander à la france de prendre "des mesures législatives, administratives, judiciaires et autres" pour protéger les enfants intersexes.

Merci.»

>>> Le Comité de l' ONU contre la Torture questionne la France sur les MGI!

   >>> Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: La France questionnée par UN-CRC 
   >>> La Ministre Bloque et Detourne - Transcriptions des Questions et Réponses MGI  
   >>> Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: L'ONU réprimande la France

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Thursday 7 April 2016

IGM = Torture, NOT "Discrimination" or "Gender Identity"!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookUnfortunately, some important things still bear repeating ... how much longer?!

IGM is VIOLENCE, a HARMFUL PRACTICE comparable to FGM, and INHUMAN TREATMENT in breach of the UN convention against TORTURE, and by far the most common and most severe form of violence intersex people experience, and MUST STOP!

When talking, writing or lecturing about intersex and rightfully addressing violence against intersex people, it's not acceptable to count only comparatively rare cases of "verbal and physical abuse" and "bullying" while at the same time dismissing Intersex Genital Mutilations, framing IGM as "controversy" and "heated debate" over "health and medical services" instead.

Framing IGM not as violence, but as "health care", or under "discrimination" or "civil status and identity issues" is INTERSEX APPROPRIATION and actively siding with the perpetrators, and MUST STOP just as well!

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

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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)

Monday 4 April 2016

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: Report to the UN Committee against Torture (CAT)

>>> France Questioned over IIGM Practices by the UN Committee against Torture!

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'Intersex human rights defenders Vincent Guillot and StopIGM.org submitted a new thematic intersex NGO report for the upcoming CAT review of France, Tue 19 Apr 10-13h + Wed 20 Apr 15-18h.

The report includes updated sections on IGM in France and on legislation against IGM practices as a requirement under CAT, an updated bibliography of human rights bodies verdicts and NGO reports, and 2 case stories of IGM survivors.
 

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

>>>  Download (PDF 3.71 MB)

Compiled by:
Vincent Guillot
Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

 
Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookNow 10 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...

The Committee against Torture (CAT) has repeatedly considered Intersex IGM as constituting at least inhuman treatment in breach of the Concention against Tortute, and already reprimanded Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and Hong Kong.

The Committee in the Rights of the Child (CRC) considers IGM as violence and a harmful practice (like FGM) and so far reprimanded Switzerland, Chile, France and Ireland over IGM.

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) also considers IGM as inhuman treatment and reprimanded Germany.

In all above 10 verdicts, the Committes issued binding recommendations to take legislative action to end the practice and/or to ensure access to redress and justice for IGM survivors.

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

>>> France Questioned over IGM Practices by the UN Committee against Torture!

>>> French Government: IGM-Perpetrators "best suited" to "prevent" Mutilations 

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

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

Sunday 27 March 2016

France > Government dismisses legislation to end Intersex Genital Mutilations, claims perpetrators "best suited" to "prevent" mutilations

>>> Deutsch

IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook “Gov doesn't feel the pain yet!” – In February 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) reprimanded France, considering the ongoing genital surgeries on intersex children a "harmful practice" (like FGM), to be outlawed under multiple international treaties.
Laurence Rossignol, meanwhile French Minister of Family, Children and Women's Rights, had represented France in Geneva on this – as she called it – "extremely recent issue".

Addressing the French Senate four weeks later on 10.02.2016 Re: the French Gov's advocacy of – erm, (non-)position on – [TRIGGER!] Intersex Genital Mutilations, she just stalled & diverted some more (unofficial translation – read it and weep do something!):

Answer to question n° 1276S by Maryvonne Blondin, Senator of Finistère and Member of the Council of Europe, General Counsillor of Quimper  [ >>> Senate Log, p. 2485 ]

Reply by Mrs Laurence Rossignol, [photo: UN-CRC 71st Session, Geneva 14.01.2016], secretary of state with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights, in charge of issues regarding family, children, the elderly and the right to autonomy [now Minister of Family, Children and Women's Rights]:

« Madame senator, you are asking me about children who are intersex at birth, in other words newborn with an congenital anomaly, leading to difficulties to determine the sex of the newborn.

Fortunately, the occurrence of such cases is rare: the incidence at birth isn't well known, but lies within the range of one birth out of 5000, thus probably approximately 160 births every year [ BINGO! ]. Nevertheless, the low occurrence doesn't change the importance of the subject.

During it's review on January 13 and 14, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child questioned France on this topic. The Committee raised questions about the timing of the interventions and the consent of the concerned children themselves, which in the interest of the child would require to postpone these interventions.

Before a therapeutic decision is made, those children need a multi disciplinary care in specialised competence centres, where endocrinologic and genetic analyses, as well as indispensible imaging methods will be performed, in order to determine the underlying illness, as well as the medical and surgical treatment options.

Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation

There is a reference centre in France, the centre for rare diseases of sex development, which includes a facility in Lyon and one at the Hospital Kremlin-Bicêtre [Paris]; it works together with other reference centres for rare endocrine diseases. The close collaboration with a reference centre is essential for the diagnostic approach, the medical treatment and the indication for surgery, early or postponed, and the following care, as well as for the clinical research.

The indications for surgery can be difficult. Therefore, they are the subject of international discussions [ BINGO! ] and studies, which admittedly aren't perfectly amicable. The indications for surgery are mostly specific to every case and therefore require an individual, comprehensive and constant information of the parents.

The irreversible nature of some reconstructive surgery demands consideration of the medical findings, in particular the prognostic, as well as of the free choice of the parents and of the child, if it is able to express its will.

Whichever therapeutic treatment options are chosen, a permanent care is necessary to be able to evaluate the physical, sexual and psychological consequences of the treatments.

With such complex medical questions, which entail multiple lifelong consequences, the quality of the medical expertise and care, and of a continuous dialogue is best suited to guarantee compliance with the rights of the child. It must ensure to prevent any premature decisions and any action, which later may be experienced as intolerable mutilation.

Finally, regarding the question of sexual orientation and gender identity, this we agree on in Europe, is an issue. This question is the matter of current activities within the strategy for the rights of the child 2016-2021 and the "SOGI" unit of the Council of Europe, which is in charge of questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

Given the complexity of the subject, which relates to ethical questions as well as the rights of the human person, the struggle against discrimination and questions of health, the National Consultative Ethics Committee for health and life sciences will be tasked with the matter, before the government will be able to take up a position. »

PS 1: In an additional reply to Rossignol's answer above, Senator Maryvonne Blondin claims a) in Germany unnecessary surgeries would be "postponed until the age of 15 years", at which age b) the children themselves could "really decide themselves". Unfortunately, a) is blatantly untrue, and b) actually isn't that straightforward.

PS 2: How typical is that: The French Gov plans to convene a "roundtable" on the topic of "children with undetermined sexual identity"  [sic!] on 12 May – IGM survivors are not invited!!!

PS 3: And on 4 April at Strasbourg University there's yet another pathologising "academic talk" titled “Intersexuation: from a vulnerable body to a malleable one?” (PDF) According to a newsletter by the Uni, a prominent pedo surgeon has been added to the panel, Prof. François Becmeur, the director of surgery (known for publicly advocating and defending IGM [youtube]) of the local pedo clinic at Uni Hospital "CHU Strasbourg"(where intersex babies are mutilated regularly) – while persons concerned are not invited, again!!! >>> Sign the petition at change.org

How much longer?!

>>> IGM = "Harmful Practice" + "Violence": UN-CRC Reprimands France

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

   >>> Minister Stalls & Diverts: France questioned over IGM by UN – Full Transcript  
   >>> UN Media Release on the Session with France, mentions intersex

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

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

Tuesday 23 February 2016

INTERSEX SHAMING IN THE MEDIA: "Hitler’s extensive genital abnormalities" (PinkNews) "could [explain] his famed fits of rage", but today "there is a surgical procedure that can correct the problem." (Telegraph)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation! An alarming media trend: After last December's similar 'revelations' by the Bavarian State Archive and in the Berlin newspaper "Die Welt" (in german, TRIGGER!!), here comes yet another 'random' media article in a 'respectable outlet' + online rehashs that again associate Hitler with various medical intersex diagnoses in a very bad, inappropriate and irresponsible way – and that publicly advocate Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM).

click to enlarge!

This time initiated by "The Telegraph" (TRIGGER!!) and picked up by "PinkNews", the reports are again based on conveniently 'rediscovered medical files' in a (this time actually not so) newly published book which allegedly 'prove' that Adolf Hitler had been diagnosed with one or several intersex traits, including 'undescended testes', 'hypospadias' and 'micropenis', and the reports once more insinuate such "extensive genital abnormalities" would likely "go some way to explaining Hitler’s [insert whatever]" ("PinkNews.co.uk", TRIGGER!!), or "offer some explanation as to [...] the cause of his famed fits of rage" ("Telegraph", TRIGGER!!), or "go down in history as the ultimate example of micro penis over compensation" (Reader comment by TampaZeke on "PinkNews", TRIGGER!!), and more assorted intersex shaming, dehumanising and debasement.

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"The surgery to correct hypospadias is most effective if the condition is diagnosed early" (Telegraph hypospadias tie-in)

In addition, "The Telegraph" features a tie-in article on 'hypospadias' (TRIGGER!!) in which "hypospadias specialist and researcher" Dr Matthew Jackson (Newcastle University) publicly advocates Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM): "Surgical correction can be undertaken in early childhood by paediatric urologists", despite admitting that there's no evidence for the beneficience of the often very harmful 'surgical corrections', and despite the fact that hypospadias is an admittedly "benign condition that is WAS not [a] life threatening condition and men with hypospadias may be MIGHT HAVE BEEN happy with their penis the way it is WAS and choose WOULD HAVE CHOSEN not to have any treatment" – there, fixed that for ya!

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My 2 cents: Shame IGM perpetrators, NOT intersex bodies!

Personally, I dont give a flying f**** if Hitler was intersex or not – and even if he actually was, this certainly wouldn't in any way 'explain Hitler', nor his 'monstrosity', nor the the war, nor the shoah – so dear media and reporters, kindly stop the cr*p!!

And if for whatever reasons you still really MUST pair intersex and nazis(m), instead of engaging in intersex shaming, dehumanising and debasement, >>> here are some relevant but tellingly underreported 'stories' including references (PDF, p. 51–53 + 84, TRIGGER!!) (underreported in both media and academia, that is), including:

  • How the term intersex was coined to describe "bastardisation due to racial mixing"
  • How proto-nazi and eugenicist gynaeologists introduced the term intersex into human medicine as a diagnosis for "inferior women" prone to mental illnesses ("schizoid"), "unfit for marriage" and "most frequent in Jews".
  • How a prominent nazi doctor in 1933 first combined amputation of an "enlarged clitoris" with administration of hormones on an intersex person, claiming "in the interest of the public the procreation of this being would hardly be desirable."
  • How the 'nazi bible of racial hygiene' described 'undescended testes', 'hypospadias', '(pseudo)hermaphroditism' and 'intersex' as "hereditary disease", "consequence of racial mixing" or "abnormal mutation", either way to be 'cleansed from the population' (>>> more in german)

>>> The Racist Roots of Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)
>>>
Selective Intersex Abortions: Hypospadias 2%, Indeterminate Sex 47%, XXY 74% 
>>> Hypospadias: "Childhood filled with pain, surgery, skin grafts, and isolation"
>>> VIDEO: 'Unnecessary & Harmful': Tiger Devore on 'Hypospadias Repair' (Pt. 1)

>>>
Intersex Protests vs. 'D$Dnet' highlight 'Hypospadias Repair' 
>>> "An assault on children": From "Hypospadias Cripple" to "Failed Hypospadias"
  

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

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

See also:
IGM = VIOLENCE and TORTURE, not “Health Care" or "Gender Identity"
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: "IGM = Harmful Practice"
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: "IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture"
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condems IGM
Historic 56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments over IGM 
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

IGM on a Global Scale: 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 in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 21 February 2016

'D$Dnet' – EU Millions for Intersex Genital Mutilators' 'Research' Without Concern for Human Rights or Ethics

Intersex Protest vs. '1st DSDnet Training School' @ Ghent University Congress Center 'Het Pand', 08.06.2015

TRUTH COMMISSION not 'D$D' Mutilators' 'Research'!

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The European Union (EU) is the biggest funder of IGM perpetrators in the world, currently paying out an undisclosed two-digit million Euro amount alone for the perpetrators' 'research' projects 'D$Dnet' and 'I-D$D' run by well-known mutilators.

('To keep pace with' these EU 'advances in basic and clinical DSD research', the U.S. mutilators are now enjoying a similar 'D$D Translational Research Network' funded by the NIH.)

On the other hand, for the victims of Intersex Genital Mutilations the EU has only 'strong regrets', and fig leaf 'anti-discrimination initiatives'

To illustrate how typical EU-funded IGM perpetrators' 'research' works, StopIGM.org documents salient examples from the international, genetics and eugenics-driven, multi-million Euro project 'D$Dnet' a.k.a. 'A systematic elucidation of differences of sex development' a.k.a. "BMBS [Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences] COST Action BM1303", funded by "COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology" and the "EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020", including 36 EU and other member states

'D$Dnet' itself includes well-know IGM perpetrators and clinics from 28 nations around the globe, including Germany, France, the UK and more European countries, as well as Egypt, Israel, Russia, Japan, Indonesia, Australia and the U.S.A.

Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation

All these EU and other involved states not only allow such 'research' and the daily mutilations to continue, but actively support them – despite 20 years of criticism by intersex persons and others that directive counselling inevitably leads to more and more unnecessary surgery and other harmful 'treatments' clearly in violation of basic human rights, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention against Torture.

Intersex people need strong legislation against all forms of IGM practices, access to redress and justice including review of statutes of limitations, and TRUTH & RECONCILIATION COMMISSIONS, also in the European Union – NOT 'D$D' perpetrators' 'research' and 'anti-discrimination' cover-ups!!

'D$Dnet': Genetics, Eugenics and 'Better' IGM

EU Millions for IGM perpetrators – persons concerned as fig leaf – how much longer?!

The basic organisational structure of the 'global IGM cartel' remains the same since its inception in 1950, with paediatric endocrinologists taking the lead, often collaborating with paediatric (urology) surgeons.

Since the 2nd 'genetic boom' starting around 2000, also geneticists are increasingly involved, and in 2006 the medical taxonomy shifted from gonadal (endocrine) to karyotype (genetics).

Also 'research' became increasingly genetics and eugenics driven – including 'D$Dnet', its precursor 'EuroD$D' and its current U.S. sister project 'D$D Translational Research Network' funded by the NIH (see 'IGM – A Historical Overview, PDF p 49–62).

In current 'D$D research', as well as in the day-to-day IGM 'treatments' of the participating university children's clinics, if psychosocial experts, psychologists and ethicists (or persons concerned) are included at all, then only as minor afterthought and never in leading positions (and persons concerned and their organisations only as a fig leaf and/or to recruit fellow 'test subjects') – and IGM practices are advocated as 'justified' and 'reasonable'.

As can be gleaned from their website (Management Committee | Participating Parties | Memorandum of Understanding (PDF --> p 4), the EU-funded 'DSDnet' is no exception:

»Die meisten Fälle sind medizinisch keine Notfälle« Professor Olaf Hiort, Kinder- und Jugendarzt am Universitätsklinikum Lübeck'Most cases are no medical emergencies' (but we operate anyways)

• Chair of 'D$Dnet' is the paediatric endocrinologist and geneticist Prof. Olaf Hiort (Luebeck University Children's Clinic, Germany, pictured above), who also was chair of the precursor projects 'EuroDSD' and 'Netzwerk D$D/Intersexualität', and who has a long track record of publicly advocating and trying to whitewash IGM practices, and the Luebeck University Children's Clinic is a well known international IGM perpetrator.

The Vice Chair of 'D$Dnet' is another paediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Laura Audi (Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Spain).

The country representants e.g. for Germany and Austria are 3 paediatric endocrinologists, and their substitutes are 2 paediatric surgeons and 1 paediatric endocrinologist, all well-known for involvement in IGM practices (feel free to research more representants for yourself – please let us know so we can update this post, thank you).

Experts in psychosocial counselling are NOT represented at 'D$Dnet', psychologists only as a fig leaf, and ethicists and human rights experts NOT AT ALL.

• 'D$Dnet' openly operates on the premise that 'often multiple' IGM practices, including cosmetic genital surgeries a.k.a. 'surgical interventions [...] performed for genital reconstruction to a male or female appearance', as well as castrations a.k.a. 'gonads are often removed', are justified due to the birth of an intersex child being perceived as 'extremely challenging for families and health care professionals' (see "Memorandum of Understanding", PDF --> p 4):

• Persons concerned and their organisations are once more 'involved' by name only and as a fig leaf (despite assertions to the contrary).

While it is true that there was a fig leaf 'survey' of (some) persons concerned and (some) intersex organisations, in fact the questions were of such a biased nature that any possible answer inevitably will be instrumentalised as a 'justification' for even more human experimentation and genital mutilations in serious breach of the human rights of the persons concerned, see e.g. the possible answers regarding 'research priorities':

'Human rights? Ethics? That would be the bloody day!' - click to enlarge!

As per usual, at the time of the fig leaf survey, the course of the 'research' project was long set, as well as the organisational structure consisting of mostly hardened IGM perpetrators long determined.

• Similarly, at the time of the fig leaf survey, the possibility of participation of experts from scientific fields not immediately involved in IGM as perpetrators (e.g. human rights, social psychology, sociology, ethnology) had been long excluded – despite that persons concerned and their organisations have been criticising for a long time that 'research' run by perpetrators constitutes a continuation of medical violence and human rights violations, including the continuing attempt to 'justify' such crimes.

How much longer?!

IGM perpetrators, we're gonna get you! Castrators, beware!

A Gonad For A Gonad, A Lust Organ for A Lust Organ!

See also:
IGM = VIOLENCE and TORTURE, not “Health Care" or "Gender Identity"
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: "IGM = Harmful Practice"
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: "IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture"
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condems IGM
Historic 56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments over IGM 
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

IGM on a Global Scale: 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 in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

You shall NOT frame Intersex Genital Mutilations as "Medical Issues"

IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!>>> Yet another well-meant "Intersex Overview" paper (PDF) published on an LGBT page and aimed at "raising awareness", that unfortunately does more harm than good.

On the bright side, it works just fine for playing INTERSEX APPROPRIATION BINGO:

  • The paper frames IGM as "Intersex Medical Issues", and the fight of intersex organisations to end IGM practices as "campaign for better treatment" - CHECK
  • It claims "Some intersex people undergo [cosmetic genital] surgery during early childhood" vs. "Intersex people are often born with medical complications." - CHECK
  • It mentions "distress which can arise [after early IGM surgery] when the sex chosen by surgeons [later] contradicts an individual's own instinctive feelings on the matter" – but NOT ONCE mentions distress because of the non-consensual nature of IGM - CHECK
  • The ONLY legislation it proposes is NOT to end IGM, but "intersex people should have the legal right to determine their own gender" - CHECK
  • On 14 pages, it NOT ONCE mentions "human rights" - CHECK

How much longer?!

See also:
IGM = VIOLENCE and TORTURE, not “Health Care" or "Gender Identity"
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: "IGM = Harmful Practice"
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: "IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture"
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condems IGM
Historic 56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments over IGM 
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors! 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Saturday 6 February 2016

IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT "Controversy" or "Debate"!

When talking, writing or lecturing about intersex and rightfully addressing violence against intersex people, it's not acceptable to count only comparatively rare cases of "verbal and physical abuse" and "bullying" while at the same time dismissing Intersex Genital Mutilations, framing IGM as "controversy" and "heated debate" over "health and medical services" instead.

IGM is VIOLENCE, a HARMFUL PRACTICE comparable to FGM, and INHUMAN TREATMENT in breach of the UN convention against TORTURE, and by far the most common and most severe form of violence intersex people experience, and MUST STOP!

Framing IGM not as violence, but as "health care", or under "discrimination" or "civil status and identity issues" is INTERSEX APPROPRIATION and actively siding with the perpetrators, and MUST STOP just as well!

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Friday 5 February 2016

IGM = "Harmful Practice" + "Violence": UN Reprimands France + Ireland for Intersex Genital Mutilations

>>> Français       >>> Deutsch 

Bearing witness to IGM, 71st Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child:
Vincent Guillot (France), Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org), Gavan Coleman (Ireland),
Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org, photo) at Palais des Nations, Geneva 13.01.2016

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org 04.02.2016

IGM = Hamful PracticeStopIGM.org warmly welcomes the historic, binding 2016 "Concluding Observations" of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) for France and Ireland.
Ireland: CRC/C/IRL/CO/3-4, DOC, on Intersex: p. 8-9, paras. 39–40
France:
CRC/C/FRA/CO/5, DOC, on Intersex: p. 9–10, paras. 47–48

This marks the first time that the Committee reprimanded two States over IGM practices at once, again recognising non-consensual, medically unnecessary, irreversible, cosmetic genital surgeries and other procedures on intersex children as a "harmful practice" and as "violence against children".

We particularly appreciate that the Committee specifically called on Ireland to "adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation", and for France invoked their Joint General Comment No. 18 (2014) and No. 31 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on harmful practices, which also contains detailed stipulations regarding legislation and access to justice and redress for survivors, and highlights the necessity of developing a holistic policy.

The fight of intersex people and their organisations for "bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination" and to eliminate IGM practices is far from over. The CRC's renewed Concluding Observations however mark an important and most welcome step towards these goals, a sign of hope for intersex children everywhere – and a stern warning for IGM perpetrators and complicit states!

   >>> Minister Denies but Admits! Ireland questioned over IGM – Full Transcript
   >>> Minister Stalls & Diverts: France questioned over IGM – Full Transcript  

See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condems IGM

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MGI = "Pratique Préjudiciable" + "Violence": l’ONU réprimande la France + l’Irlande pour les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes

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

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Comuniqué de Presse par StopIGM.org 05.02.2016:

IGM = Hamful Practice

StopIGM.org se félicite des "Observations finales" exécutoires historiques du Comité de l'ONU des Droits de l'Enfant (CRC) pour la France et l'Irlande:

Irlande:
CRC/C/IRL/CO/3-4, DOC, on Intersex: p. 8-9, paras. 39–40
France:
CRC/C/FRA/CO/5, DOC, on Intersex: p. 9–10, paras. 47–48

C'est la première fois que le Comité réprimande deux états sur les pratiques MGI en même temps, de nouveau en reconnaissant les opérations génitales non consenties, médicalement pas nécessaires et irréversibles, et d'autres traitements sur des enfants intersex comme "pratique préjudiciable" et comme "violence contre des enfants".

On apprécie particulièrement que le Comité ait spécifiquement fait appel à l'Irlande d'"adopter des mesures législatives pour fournir des réparations aux victimes de tel traitement, y compris une compensation de manière adéquate", et que – concernant la France – le Comité ait invoqué l'Observation Générale Conjointe no 18 CRC (2014) et no 31 du Comité pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes (CEDAW) sur les pratiques préjudiciables, qui contient aussi des stipulations détaillées concernant la législation et l'accès à la justice et aux réparations pour les survivants, et souligne la nécessité de développer un cadre global.

La lutte des personnes intersex et leur organisations pour "le respect de leur intégrité physique, de leur autonomie et de leur droit à l'autodétermination" et pour l'élimination les pratiques MGI est loin d'être terminée. Néanmoins les Observations finales renouvelées du Comité des Droits de l'Enfant marquent un pas en avant important et bienvenu vers ces objectifs, un signe d'espoir pour les enfants intersex partout – et un sévère avertissement pour les coupables d'MGI et les gouvernements complices!

   >>> Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: La France questionnée par l'ONU  
   >>> La Ministre Bloque et Detourne - Transcriptions des Questions et Réponses MGI  
  
>>>
Ireland questioned over IGM – Full Transcript

Informations Générales: MGI et Droits Humains

IGM = Harmful Practice

Les formes typiques de pratiques MGI comprennent des opérations génitales "masculinisantes" et "féminisantes", des castrations et d’autres procedures stérilisantes, l’imposition d’hormones, des examens génitaux forcés, des dilatations vaginales et l’exhibition médicale, le refu des informations essentielles aux patients et aux parents, l’expérimentation humaine, et le déni de soins médicaux.

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

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

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

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

De la même façon, le Comité de l’ONU contre la Torture (CAT) a reconnu depuis 2011 que les pratiques MGI constituent au moins un Traitement Inhumain en violation de la Convention contre la Torture, et a pour l’instant réprimandé l’Allemagne, la Suisse, l’Autriche, le Denmark et Hong Kong. D’autres organes de l’ONU qui condamnent MGI sont par example le Comité des droits de l’Homme (HRCttee), l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (WHO), UNICEF et le Rapporteur Spécial sur la Torture.

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

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

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

Meilleures salutations

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

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   >>> Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: La France questionnée par l'ONU  
   >>> La Ministre Bloque et Detourne - Transcriptions des Questions et Réponses MGI 
   >>> Communiqué de Presse ONU sur la Session avec la France, mentionne Intersex

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

   >>> Ireland questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations
   >>> Minister Denies but Admits! Intersex Q&A – Full Transcript
   >>>
UN Media Release on the Session with Ireland, mentions intersex 

Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland: CRC NGO Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB)

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

IGM on a Global Scale: 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 in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Monday 1 February 2016

Ireland and France questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN - Reprimands due "around Thursday"

>>> FRANÇAIS: « Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: L'ONU réprimande la France »   

NGO Reports to CRC documenting crimes against intersex children in France and Ireland

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org 28.01.2016:

IGM = Hamful Practice

During its 71st Session, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) expertly questioned Ireland over non-consensual, medically unnecessary, irreversible, cometic genital surgeries and other harmful treatments of intersex children (in the vernacular also known as hermaphrodites), aimed at "correcting" their "atypical" reproductive anatomies.  
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Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland (PDF)

The Irish delegation repeatedly denied the practice taking place in Ireland, despite ample evidence linking IGM practices to several Irish university children's clinics and treatment guidelines by the HSE. In the end Minister Dr. James Reilly, referring to his own practical experience as a medical doctor, inadvertendly confirmed such treatments "very often" being carried out on "very young babies".   >>> Session Transcript

IGM survivors and intersex human rights defenders expect the Committee to issue very strong binding recommendations to the Irish government, to be published tomorrow Friday afternoon on the Committee's Session Homepage.

An extensive thematic report to the Committee on the practice in Ireland filed by Irish IGM survivor and intersex human rights defender Gavan Coleman in collaboration with the international intersex NGO StopIGM.org, proved IGM practices being advocated and perpetrated all across Ireland, including by the Health Service Executive (HSE), the National Children’s Research Centre at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin, and the Cork University Children's Hospital in Wilton. In a private meeting with the Committee's Co-Rapporteurs for Ireland, Coleman and StopIGM.org also testified to the severe physical and psychological pain and suffering caused by Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland.

In addition to Ireland, during its 71st Session in Geneva the CRC also expertly investigated IGM in France, a state party infamous for impertinently advocating and perpetrating IGM practices internationally, and thus expected to be issued a particularly stern reprimand.  
>>>
Intersex Genital Mutilations in France (PDF)   >>> Session Transcript 
 

IGM = Harmful PracticeBackground: IGM and Human Rights

Typical forms of IGM practices include "masculinising" and "feminising", "corrective" genital surgery, castration and other sterilising procedures, imposition of  hormones, forced genital exams, vaginal dilations and medical display, withholding crucial information from patients an parents, human experimentation, and denial of needed health care.

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

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

For more than 20 years, survivors have criticised IGM practces as harmful and traumatising, as a fundamental human rights violation, as a form of genital mutilation and child sexual abuse, as torture or ill-treatment, and called for legislation to end it and to ensure remedies.

In the past twelve months, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has repeatedly criticised unnecessary intersex treatments as a Harmful Practice and thus comparable to Female Genital Mutilation, and has so far reprimanded Switzerland and Chile for failing to protect intersex children's right to bodily integrity and to ensure equal access to remedies and justice for victims.

Similarly, since 2011 the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) recognised IGM practices as constituting at least Inhuman Treatment in violation of the Convention against Torture, and so far reprimanded Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and Hong Kong. Other UN bodies to condemn IGM include the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee), WHO, UNICEF and the Special Rapporteur on Torture.

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

The international intersex human rights NGO StopIGM.org demands the prohibition of forced genital surgeries on children and adolescents with Variations of Sex Anatomy and "Human Rights for Hermaphrodites too!"

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

Kind regards

Daniela "Nella" Truffer, Markus Bauer
Founding members human rights NGO Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

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

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http://StopIGM.org

Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland: CRC NGO Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB)

   >>> Transcript of Intersex Q&A Session Ireland
   >>>
UN Media Release on the Session with Ireland, mentions intersex  

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

   >>> Transcript of Intersex Q&A Session France   
   >>> UN Media Release on the Session with France, mentions intersex

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

IGM on a Global Scale: 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 in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Geneva > France Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child – Minister Stalls & Diverts

>>> Français (mise à jour) 

Bearing witness to IGM, 71st Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child:
Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org), Vincent Guillot (France), Gavan Coleman (Ireland),
Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org, photo) at Palais des Nations, Geneva 12.01.2016

IGM = Hamful PracticeZwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookFrance is the first country coming up for review of IGM practices at the 71st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (to be followed by Ireland).

StopIGM.org reports live from the hearings in Geneva on Wednesday 13 January 15-18h CET + Thursday 14 January 10-13h CET (videos now available via treatybodywebcast.org), including Unofficial Translations (from French) of Intersex Q&As:

Session 1: Wednesday 13 January 2016

Wed 15:00h: The Session with Q&As on Intersex Genital Mutilations with the French Delegationis open and the live transmission is on.

Wed 15:28h Committee Member Jorge Cardona Llorens, one of the Country Co-Rapporteurs of the Committee for France (who already questioned Chile over IGM practices last year), asks the French Delegation questions on Intersex and IGM practices! YAY!!

«France has been at the vanguard in combatting certain harmful practices like female genital mutilation, and we must congratulate you for that, surely with keeping in mind not to throw in the towel but to ensure you have the means to continue the struggle. However, it is just because of this firm stand that I have to confess to be perplexed about circumstances that on could describe as encouraging surgical interventions on intersex children during the first months of their lives, despite that such interventions are medically unnecessary, but are done for cosmetic and social reasons, and seriously impinge on the bodily integrity of the children, mutilated boys and girls, they prevent their emotional and sexual development, and violate their right to identity. Could you tell me if you're planning measures to modify these protocols and to ensure that the integrity of intersex children is respected?»

17:36h Jorge Cardona Llorens just reminded the French delegation that the answer on Intersex Genital Mutilations is still due.

After the session: This blog has learned that the French Delegation have not forgotten the question, but first will consult with Paris tonight. The Answer of France is expected for the second session tomorrow morning.

Session 2: Thursday 14 January 2016

Thu 10:00h: The Session with the French Delegation's answers on Intersex Genital Mutilations is open and the live transmission is on.  

Thu 10:13h: Madame la Ministre Laurence Rossignol, Head of the Delegation, Minister of State for the Family, Elderly People and Adult Care, attached to the Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights, answers the question regarding intersex children and "the respect of their physical integrity". She says that it’s an extremely recent topic and that the State Party hasn’t yet explored the "psychological and medical questions" and nor decided which Ministry should take the lead. She diverts from IGM to the recent judgement in France concerning a neutral civil registration, and is generally playing for time – actually until the next CRC review of France, circa 2022:

«Thank you. This is a extremely recent issue, so we're still assessing whether the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Justice should urgently tackle this difficulty of children which present a visibly ambiguous sex, that is a difficulty to determine the sex at birth according to the genitals. It's an issue for which all persons concerned need to be involved, the intersex persons themselves, which should take a leading role, but also the doctors and associations responsible for the definition of the interests of the child. Hence, my answer answer may perhaps not entirely satisfy the persons who asked the questions. We have not yet fully explored the the psychological and medical questions that are put forward by this new issue, but there are several French members of parliament who are already extremely committed to this issue and who would like to contribute to a collective reflection. In addition, a judgement of a French court has recently recognised a neutral sex, and it understandably appears to the chancellery that this judgement deserves a debate in the highest judicial authorities and a collective reflection. Therefore, this is an issue regarding which we think that at the time of the next review of France we will have worked on that and particularly heard the voice of the persons concerned

Thu 10:14h: The Co-Rapporteur for France Jorge Cardona Llorens follows up at once and says there shouldn't be a neutral civil status entry for intersex children, as this is a stigmatisation from the start. He suggests that the medical protocols have to be abrogated and reiterates that the parents aren’t properly informed, "that's a fact".

«Thank you very much, Chair, and good morning everybody. Well, I'm clearly hearing your announcements [...]. Finally, this protocol [for registering births of intersex children] seems to address a let's say a bit a peculiar vision, and the problem is that these children have a sex that is not yet clearly known, therefore to declare their sex to be neutral means to stigmatise the child from the start. And in this context I believe it's mperative to introduce mechanisms that are a bit more flexible in this regard. Additionally, I suggest to abrogate the protocols calling for interventions, and foremost to properly inform the parents of these children, because information is painfully lacking, that's a fact.»

Thu 10:14h: Madame la Ministre Laurence Rossignol, Head of the Delegation, Minister of State for the Family, Elderly People and Adult Care, attached to the Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights, reiterated that exactly such questions would first have to be made the subject of lengthy "debate and reflection" before anything could be done:

«[inaudible] is precisely indicative of the terms of the debate and reflection we must have on this issue.»

After the session: Vincent Guillot reports having beeen approached by a delegation official in person and via email regarding the overdue answer to a letter sent to the ministry months ago, with assurances that an answer should be expected soon.

IGM = Harmful PracticeMy 2 cents: Yet more years of endless "debates" with doctors, and even more "collective reflection" on an ongoing lawsuit concerning civil registration of an adult person as a pet project for "extremely committed" politicians and magistrates still evaluating which Ministry would actually be responsible for the eternally "new" issue – while at the same time the daily mutilations in French children's clinics are permitted to continue unhindered – how typical is that?!
Fortunately, the Committee doesn't seem to fall for such stalling and diversionary tactics. So we're once more expecting particularly strong "Concluding Observations" – for France due on 29 January. To be continued ...

>>> UN-CRC sternly reprimands France and Ireland for IGM Practices! 

>>> CRC 2015 Thematic Intersex NGO Report for France
>>>
English UN Media Release on the Session, mentions intersex

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

See also:
January 2016: UN-CRC to investigate IGM Practices in France + Ireland
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condems IGM
Historic 56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments over IGM 
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors! 

IGM on a Global Scale: 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 in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Geneva > Ireland Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child - Minister Denies but Admits!

Bearing witness to IGM, 71st Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child:
Vincent Guillot (France), Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org), Gavan Coleman (Ireland),
Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org, photo) at Palais des Nations, Geneva 13.01.2016

IGM = Hamful PracticeZwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIreland was the second country coming up for review of IGM practices at the 71st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (after France).

StopIGM.org reports live from the hearings in Geneva on Thursday 14 January 10-13h CET + Thursday 14 January 15-18h CET (videos now available via treatybodywebcast.org), including complete Unofficial Transcripts of Intersex Q&As:

Session 1: Thursday 14 January 2016, 10h

Thu 10:05h: The Session with Q&As on Intersex Genital Mutilations with the Irish Delegation is open, live transmission is on!

Thur 10:39h: Committee Member Gehad Madi, one of the Country Co-Rapporteurs of the Committee for Ireland, brings up Intersex Genital Mutilations and lack of measures to ensure physical and mental integrity, autonomy and self-determination for intersex children in Ireland! YAY!!

«We are also noting that there are discriminations against intersex children, including reports of Intersex Genital Mutilation, and the lack of appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures to insure the right of intersex children to physical and mental integrity, autonomy and self-determination.»

Thu 10:45h: Committee Member and Country Co-Rapporteur for Ireland, José Angel Rodríguez Reyes now asks questions about intersex and IGM, framing the medical treatment of intersex children as violence against children, and inquires about Ireland's position. YAY!!

«I would also like to address the topic of intersex children. I’m addressing this point under this heading [violence against children] because, whilst this could be considered from a health standpoint, it would also be worth considering it from the point of view of violence against such children. And in particular I would like to know whether you exercise any form of oversight on the basis of the legislation over publicly operated sector health facilities with a view to ensuring that there’s a prohibition of irreversible surgical interventions of non-consensual treatment imposed on intersex children. In short: are you ensuring, do you have oversight to avoid the use of such practices? Do you indeed consider that this is a problem that needs to be addressed?»

Thu 10:57h: Committee member Wanderlin Nogueira Neto asked an intersex follow-up question regarding compensation for IGM survivors. YAY!!

«Very good morning to you all. I would like to wish an especially warm welcome to the Irish Delegation and also my greetings to our chair, Miss Aldoseri. I would like to ask a follow-up question to Mister Rodriguez’ question about intersex children. So my question is as follows: I would like to know, if there is a possibility to provide compensation to those children who have been subject to surgery without their prior and expressed consent. That’s my question, thank you.»

Thu 12:10h: A member of the Irish delegation says he's going to answer questions on transgender and intersex, gives answers on transgender, then says he'll come back to intersex later – how typical is that?! 

Session 2: Thursday 14 January 2016, 15h

Thu 15:14h: Irish Delegation moderator Elizabeth Canavan (Department of Health Children and Youth Affairs) announces answers on intersex:

«There was a number of matters that were raised in relation to intersex children so I’d ask my colleague from the department of health to take that topic, thanks Colm.»

Thu 15:15h: Irish Delegation member Colm Desmond (Department of Health, Principal Officer Mental Health Unit (!!)), answering on intersex, went the route of denial, downplaying intersex as "very, very rare," and claiming in Ireland only medically necessary treatments were undertaken with the consent of the parents, so the issue of compensation would not normally arise – totally evading the actual questions, while at the same time admitting to IGM still taking place in Ireland – twice!

«Hello. Thank you. A number of issues in relation to the department of health and forcely in relation to intersex children, were choices made at birth. These situations highlighted by the committee members are very, very rare and the decisions taken in relation to choices are very often, I understand, determined by a physical or renal need rather than a gender assignment need. It usually is taken by a consultant dealing with that on the basis of very detailed case management, as would be the normal case with very sensitive birth or natal conditions, natal situations involving an intersex case. We would not see that the issue of compensation would normally arise, but the normal medical negligence provisions around compensation of course apply in Ireland.»

Thu 15:15h: When Committee member and Country Co-Rapporteur for Ireland, José Angel Rodríguez Reyes immediately replied ...

«I’m sorry, I didn’t understand the answer.»

 

Thu 15:16h: ... Irish Delegation member Colm Desmond (Department of Health, Principal Officer Mental Health Unit (!!)), kindly extended his non-answers on intersex:

«The answer is where the issue of intersex situations has been highlighted, our view is that this is an extremely rare situation that arises, and where an intervention is needed it may often be for reasons around renal or physical needs in the case of the individual child. And that decision is usually taken following very careful consultation between the consultants in that particular case, and all of the necessary expertise would be brought to bear on decisions around intersex in case conferences. On that basis we consider this is a very rare issue but we do acknowledge that these decisions are taken on a medical basis in this rare cases. In relation to the issue of compensation we are not aware of a specific compensation process, but normal medical negligence compensation processes apply in Ireland and it would apply in any case of an alleged medical negligence.»

Thu 15:45h: Committee member and Country Co-Rapporteur for Ireland, José Angel Rodríguez Reyes thus followed-up again regarding intersex and informed consent:

«Now, in terms of intersex children I have heard that a consultation may take place, but I wonder whether that implies consent on the part of the child, who may, given the circumstances, be subject to an operation. Thank you.»

Thu 15:46h: This time the Head of the Irish Delegation, Minister Dr. James Reilly (Children and Youth Affairs, medical doctor by profession) intervened, reiterated the blanket denial plus downplaying intersex as "extremely rare" and claiming interventions would only be done to "sort serious anatomical and physiological difficulties" – while at the same time openly admitting to IGM also in Ireland mostly being practiced on "very young babies" – according to his own personal "experience":

«If you forgive me to intervene, because my previous job was minister for health, and I am also a doctor by profession. Can I just say in relation to intersex: this is very rare, that it’s a clinical decision to intervene, that consent from parents has to be obtained, that’s very, very clear. I think if you relate to the consent of the child you’ll obviously have to be talking about older children. And to my knowledge these operations do not take place later in life, unless there is some really compelling anatomical functional issue that has to be addressed. Now, I can stand be corrected on that, but that’s my experience in practice. And I can absolutely state that these matters should - don’t occur without the consent of the parents. So, very often we are talking about very young babies here, very very young children, who have a serious anatomical, physiological difficulty to be sorted out, and that’s the basis on which these procedures might be carried out. But I want to emphasis again, that it’s extremely rare.»

IGM = Harmful PracticeMy 2 cents: Yet another flat-out Gov denial – while at the same time freely admitting that IGM practices still take place – how telling is that?!
Fortunately, the Committee once more proved to be well-informed, and determined to get to the bottom of the serious human rights violations against intersex children. So I'm quite confident that these non-answers will again lead to particularly strong "Concluding Observations" – for Ireland due on 29 January. To be continued ...

>>> UN-CRC sternly reprimands Ireland and France for IGM Practices! 

>>> 2016: UN-CRC to investigate IGM Practices in France + Ireland
>>>
English UN Media Release on the Session with Ireland, mentions intersex

Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland: CRC NGO Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB)

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Sunday 24 January 2016

'I feel violated from hypospadias surgery' - Interesting search string ...

IGM = Harmful PracticePeace, solidarity and strength to the person(s) having used the

>>> search string 'I feel violated from hypospadias surgery'.

You are not alone in your search for justice!

And an invitation to everybody checking the interesting results this search produces ...

>>> "My childhood was filled with pain, surgery, skin grafts, and isolation"
>>> VIDEO: 'Unnecessary & Harmful': Tiger Devore on 'Hypospadias Repair' (Pt. 1)

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Sunday 10 January 2016

Chile > Ministry of Health Calls for Abolishing IGM Practices

Circular No. 18 of the Ministry (Photo: Camilo Godoy Peña)    >>> PDF    >>> english transl.

IGM = Hamful PracticeZwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookChristmas present for the Intersex Movement from Santiago!

The Subsecretariat for Public Health of the Chilean Ministry for Health published a Circular No. 18 "Instruction on Certain Aspects of Health Care of Intersex Children" dated 22 December and signed by the Secretary for Support Networks (Dr. Gisela Alarcón) and the Secretary for Public Health (Dr. Jaime Burrows).

Therein, the Ministry expresses "deep concern" over non-consensual "tratments" on intersex children and adolescents, and refers to statements by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

According to Camilo Godoy Peña, the circular specifically stipulates:

  1. The suspension of "unnecessary 'normalising' treatments on intersex children, including irreversible genital surgeries, until they are old enough to decide themselves about their own bodies."

  2. Establishing working groups in health care institutions, consisting of endocrinologists, gynaecologists, psychologists and ethicists, tasked to formulate a treatment plan for each intersex person, which has to be transmitted to the Central Committee of the Ministry of Health for approval.

  3. The appointment of a person in charge in every halth care institution responsible for the documentation an registration with the Ministry of all cases.

Thus, this should prevent IGM practices as well as ensure solid data collection and monitoring of all cases.

My 2 Cents: Good news from Chile! Even though the entire document doesn't seem publicly available yet is now available: >>> PDF    >>> english transl., and we'll have to await if really all forms of IGM practices will be covered by this new regulation, and if future perpetrators won't find loopholes to just ignore it – also according to a solidary paediatric surgeon only the fear of tangible punishments including suspension / adaption of the statutes of limitations will effectively prevent further mutilations. Nonetheless, Circular No. 18 is a historic development regarding the urgent and vital protection of intersex children in Chile – a move also warmly recommeded to other Ministries of Health around the globe! For this, to Camilo Godoy Peña, Andres Rivera Duarte and everybody else who contributed, a heartfelt thank you from this blog!

>>> UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) reprimands Chile over IGM
>>> Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condems IGM practices

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Eliminating IGM practices by making 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) 

2016 > Switzerland > Prohibition of IGM in Both Houses on Agenda

Photo: Nonviolent Intersex Protest + Open Letter on Human Rights Day, Berne 10.12.2015

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookChristmas present for the Intersex Movement from the Swiss Capital of Berne! On Human Rights Day, we distributed an Open Letter (PDF, in German) and a flyer with additional info outside parliament, which we both also handed in or mailed to all members of the Swiss government, the presidents of both chambers of parliament, all parties and their youth organisations, and which we also emailed to every member of both houses.

The Open Letter reminded of the lack of follow-up on the 2012 recommendations by the Swiss National Ethics Commission NEK-CNE and the recent rebukes of Switzerland by the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), and amongst other things called for legislation against Intersex Genital Mutilations including scrapping or prolonging the statutes of limitations, free access to psychosocial support including peer support for all persons concerned and their families, and public acknowledgement of the suffering inflicted on survivors.

Just before Chrismas we received a first answer by the Secretariat of the Legal Committees (PDF --> p. 3, in German) dated 22 December, informing us that the Open Letter has been considered as a petition and forwarded to the Legal Committees of both Houses of Parliament, where it will be discussed in public proceedings, which "according to experience will take some time." Therefore, a legal prohibition of IGM practices is now on the agenda in both houses!

Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org warmly welcomes this move – and intends to use this time for further upping the pressure. Already we're in contact with members of parliament, and currently also the UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) is investigating IGM practices in Switzerland. And in the near future Switzerland will be coming up for more state reviews e.g. by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). To be continued ... 

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condems Intersex Genital Mutilations!

Action + Letter on Intersex Awareness Day in Chile, Santiago 26.10.2015:
Camilo Godoy Peña outside Government Palace with placard "No to IGM"

IGM = Hamful PracticeZwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIn December, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), published an extensive >>> Report "Violence against LGBTI Persons" (PDF 7 MB, spanish) – with an english version to follow –, which contains a seperate Chapter E "Medical Violence against Intersex Persons" (p. 126-133) and clearly and unmistakably criticises IGM practices.

For this from this blog a heartfelt "Thank you!" to everybody involved!

The report is based on testimonies to and reports on IGM practices amongst others from Argentine, Brasil, Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, Uruguay and the USA, and refers amongst others to the Thematic Intersex NGO Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by Zwischengeschlecht.org/StopIGM.org from 2014 und and the CRC reprimanding Chile in October 2015.

IACHR also published a >>> Press Release No. 143/15 zum Bericht (english); which again contains clear statements on intersex:

For example, violence against intersex persons is based on prejudice toward body diversity and specifically toward those whose bodies differ from what is considered male or female. The violence suffered by intersex persons for the most part is different from that suffered by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) persons. [...]

Meanwhile, the violence that affects intersex persons is very different. Intersex children are often forced to undergo surgical operations and procedures that, for the most part, are not medically necessary, for the sole purpose of changing their genitals to look more like those of a boy or a girl. These surgeries, which are irreversible in nature, tend to be done without their consent—on newborn babies or very young children—and can cause enormous harm to intersex persons, including chronic pain, loss of genital sensitivity, sterilization, trauma, and reduced ability or inability to feel sexual pleasure.

IACHR Criticises Lack of Data Collection and Monitoring

From January 2013 to February 2014, the Commission also collected data on violence against LGBTI persons and published the resulting statistics in December 2014. In a >>> Press Release and an >>> Annex (PDF), the Commission explicitly critisised the lack of data collection on medical violence against intersex people, and concluded that root causes include that this form of violence is State approved and mostly ignored by media and organisations, with shame and fear of survivors compounding the invisibility:

   
Achievements Thanks to Initiatives and Testimonies by Persons Concerned

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights investigated human rights violations against intersex people latest since 2013. Crucial were once more initiatives and moving testimonies by survivors of IGM practices and their allies:

IACHR Intersex Hearing, Washington 15.03.2013 (left to right): Natasha Jiménez (Mulabi, Costa Rica), Paula Sandrine Machado (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil), Pidgeon Pagonis (Advocates for Informed Choice, USA), Mauro Cabral (initiator of the hearing, Consórcio Latino Americano de Trabalho sobre Intersexualidade, Argentina).
>>> Video (multilingual)   >>> Report AIC (en)   >>> Report HRBrief (en)   >>> Photos

In addition, IACHR commissioned a >>> Thematic Report by Anne Tamar-Mattis of Advocates for Informed Choice (PDF, english).

Hopefully, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and survivors of IGM practices will internationally continue upping the pressure – until Intersex Genital Mutilations will finally be history, historical reappraisal and coming to terms with the past will take place internationally, victims will be adequately compensated, and future perpetrators will feel the full force of the law!

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Thursday 31 December 2015

"Enforced Silence" - Great Intersex Article in "Horizons" No. 107, December 2015

>>> Español          >>> Français          >>> Deutsch  

Photo: Nonviolent Intersex Rally + Open Letters on Human Rights Day, Swiss Federal Building, Berne 10.12.2015

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IGM = Harmful Practice Great Article by Antoinette Schwab in the current issue of "Horizons. The Swiss magazine for scientific research", published by "Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)" and "Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences" – Thanks!
(Unfortunately, all the other articles in the issue's thematic "Focus: Intersexuality" are textbook examples for intersex appropriation, and for "talking about us, but not with us" – Shame on you!)

Enforced silence

For a long time, the medical profession has been keeping quiet about people whose biological identity [typically appropriating "translation" – here we go again ...] SEX strayed from the norm. And change is only coming slowly. By Antoinette Schwab

There is nothing new about children being born with ambiguous gender traits SEX CHARACTERISTICS [typically appropriating "translation" – here we go again ...]. They used to be called hermaphrodites, and later ‘intersexuals’. The latter term is misleading, however, because it incorporates the word ‘sexual’. To be more precise, “‘intersexuality’ refers to bodies, and in some circumstances to illness. It doesn’t primarily refer to sexuality or sexual orientation”, says Jürg Streuli, a doctor and medical ethicist from Zurich. For this reason, the abbreviation ‘DSD’ has been in use for a few years now, meaning ‘Disorders of Sex Development’ (or ‘Differences of Sex Development’).

The damage done by desiring clarity

From the 1950s onwards it was customary for DSD children to be assigned a gender as soon as possible, and for them to be surgically operated so as to adjust them to this chosen gender. This practice goes back to the sex researcher John Money in the USA. People with DSD had been operated on before this, but now it was given a theoretical basis and carried out systematically. It was in this context that Money standardised the use of the word ‘gender’ to signify one’s sexual identity in society. He was convinced that you could turn anyone into anything, as long as the environment was constructed accordingly. In order to make this easier, the appearance of the genitalia had to correspond to the gender to which one was assigned. So the genitalia had to be corrected as soon as possible after birth. Every child born with DSD was consequently treated as an emergency, even if this wasn’t the case in a medical sense. As a result, children underwent unnecessary cosmetic operations that could have been done at a later date, had they been desired. Some of those who experienced these operations in their childhood have described them in interviews and autobiographical reports as ‘torture’, ‘genital mutilation’ or even ‘child abuse’.

Secret diagnoses

Those affected have found the silence enforced around them to have been at least as bad as the operations themselves. Their patient records bore the instruction: “The patient is not to be informed about this diagnosis”. That, too, was Money’s idea. The child should not be allowed any doubt about its gender. It had to endure surgical operations to the genitals – the clitoris was shortened or even amputated (or was it in fact really a penis?) and a neovagina was created that had to be stretched constantly. Initially, a metal rod was used for this; later it was made of plastic. And to avoid the supposed danger of cancer occurring, testicles and ovaries were also often removed. It was a paradoxical situation. For on the one hand, the children had to endure doctors, students and nurses peering between their legs at regular check-ups, but on the other hand, no one was allowed to say anything about it.

Most of those who speak out today only became aware of their diagnoses by accident. The stories they tell in Internet forums often sound similar: stories of pain and drugs without any explanation as to why these were necessary. Stories of shame, and of feeling afflicted by some possibly monstrous disease. Some even had to endure the public revelation of their diagnoses. When sex tests began to be carried out in sports, some female athletes were found to possess male chromosomes even though they had no idea about it at all. Such tests were sometimes evaluated by the very same institutions that had advised silence on the diagnosis of DSD in children.

Stopping the operations

It took a long time for people to start arguing against surgical gender assignment – and the reason for this probably lies precisely in the fact that people with DSD were kept in the dark about it for decades. It was not until the early 1990s that those affected began to protest against what had by then become a standard treatment. Their resistance became stronger when it was revealed in 1997 that Money’s textbook example – the so-called ‘John/Joan case’, to which doctors all over the world were still referring – had long been a failure. The boy in question had been surgically altered to assume a female gender at the age of two, but had switched his gender back at the age of 14, living from then on as ‘David’. He committed suicide in 2004.

“Intersexuality refers to bodies, not to sexual orientation”
Jürg Streuli

Daniela Truffer is from Switzerland, and she also only found out her story when she saw her medical files – by which time she was 35 years old. She was born in 1965 with male chromosomes but indeterminate genitalia and was then surgically operated upon to become a girl. It was the wrong decision, as a doctor later noted in her medical files. But that recognition came too late for her: “My original physical state has been lost irretrievably”, she has written on her blog: “They took my dignity from me”. She found out on the Internet that there are others who had undergone similar experiences. In 2007, Daniela Truffer founded the human rights group ‘Zwischengeschlecht.org’. Since then she has fought to have these operations stopped and has also been campaigning for the physical and mental integrity of children with DSD to be respected. She is convinced that many of these children are still being subjected to surgery today, and that children and parents alike are being inadequately informed.

Her group also offers advice to activists abroad and has already achieved success in several cases. For example, the Zurich Children’s Hospital had played a pioneering role in treating DSD in the 1950s, but in 2014 it initiated a medico-historical study to evaluate the treatment of people with DSD. This will be the first-ever study of its kind in the world.

Recognising suffering

The National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics has also been dealing with this topic at the express request of the Swiss Federal Council. In a statement in 2012 – which is probably unique in the world – the Commission recommended that any decisions on treatment in the realm of gender determination should only be made when the persons affected are able to make those decisions for themselves. After a birth, parents can be in a confused or desperate state of mind and thus often want a quick decision; but this is precisely what should not be allowed. The Commission’s first recommendation on their list of 14 points runs as follows: “The suffering that some people … have had to experience because of past practices must be recognised by society”.

Today, clinics are more reticent. Some operations that are not medically necessary are postponed till later. Children and parents are better informed, and in the Zurich Children’s Hospital, for example, the team that decides on treatment includes representatives not just from the different medical areas but also from the fields of ethics and psychology. However, no overview exists of what operations are being carried out, or where. And to the present day, the recommendations of the Advisory Commission have not been turned into a binding regulation. The Federal Council intends to reply to this position paper by the end of 2015.

“The suffering that some people have had to experience because of past practices must be recognised by society”
National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics NEK-CNE

The topic is also being discussed at the UN. No less than three UN committees have commented on the Swiss situation in the space of a single year. Under the title “Harmful practices”, the Committee on the Rights of the Child expressed its deep concern about the surgical operations. The Human Rights Committee has asked for statistics, and the Committee against Torture has noted that neither sanctions nor reparations have been made, and it further recommends that all necessary measures be taken to guarantee the integrity and self-determination of those affected in future.

Antoinette Schwab is a freelance journalist in Bern.

www.intersex.ch (self-help)

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Thursday 17 December 2015

Nuremberg Hermaphrodite Lawsuit: Michaela "Micha" Raab Wins Damages and Compensation for Intersex Genital Mutilations!

Photo: Intersex Solidarity Rally for 2nd day in Nuremberg State Court, Landgericht Nürnberg-Fürth 22.10.2015

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IGM = Harmful PracticeToday the Nuremberg State Court issued a first decision in the "Hermaphrodite Lawsuit" – and ruled the Erlangen University Clinic to pay damages and compensation to Michaela "Micha" Raab for non-consensual IGM treatments, including partial clitoris amputation, castration and imposition of hormones, according to a >>> Press Release by the Court (in German). The verdict can still be appealed, also the amount to be paid by the clinic is still to be determined in a forthcoming separate ruling.

Micha is suing the University Clinic and surgeon Prof. S. for 250,000 Euros in damages and a monthly pension of 1,600 Euros. The court now dismissed the case against the surgeon, arguing the lack of disclosure of the diagnosis, karyotype and treatment options was not his fault, but the responsibility of other doctors, and ruled the clinic would have to pay.

This is only the second case worldwide of a verdict against perpetrators of Intersex Genital Mutilations, and the very first time that an institution was found liable.

And it's only the 4th case going before a court reported at all:

• In the well-publicised Cologne Hermaphrodite Lawsuit 2007-2009, Christiane Voelling won 100,000 Euros damages from her former surgeon Prof. L., who in vain tried to fight the ruling through all levels of jurisdiction.

• Currently, in Germany there's also another civil suit ongoing in Munich, like Micha's against a Bavarian clinic and individual IGM doctors.

All above cases concern non-consensual intersex treatments on adult persons.

• In the U.S. there's currently yet another case pending, initiated by adoptive parents suing a South Carolina clinic, individual doctors and the state over IGM on a child while in care of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

So far, no adult survivor of early childhood IGM practices ever managed to bring a civil case before a court, and no-one ever succeeded in pressing criminal charges at all.

Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation!This factual impunity of IGM perpetrators has been criticised by intersex advocates around the globe. Regarding lack of access to justice and redress for IGM survivors, the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) has so far reprimanded Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and Hong Kong, and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Switzerland and Chile. The fight has just begun – so who's next?

More on the Case:
>>>
Intersex Solidarity at Nuremberg Court Date #1, 26.02.2015
>>> Media Report in English in The Local
>>> Intersex Solidarity at Nuremberg Court Date #2, 22.10.2015

                                    Nürnberger Nachrichten report on 1st day in Court, 27.03.2015
See also:
January 2016: UN-CRC to investigate IGM Practices in France + Ireland
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condems IGM
Historic 56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments over IGM 
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors! 

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France and Ireland: Reports to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

“Friendly garda helping us to set up the protest!”
Trinity College, Dublin 18.09.2014

IGM = Hamful PracticeZwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIntersex human rights defenders Vincent Guillot and Gavan Coleman in collaboration with StopIGM.org submitted two more thematic intersex NGO reports for the CRC review of France and Ireland in Jauary 2016.

In 2015 the UN Committee in the Rights of the Child already reprimanded Switzerland and Chile over Intersex Genital Mutilations.

This marks the first time that the Committee will investigate IGM practices in more than one country in a single session!

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

>>>  Download (PDF 3.41 MB)

Compiled by:
Vincent Guillot + Zwischengeschlecht.org
Endorsed by:
OII Francophonie

This report contains 2 case stories of IGM survivors.
Review of France:
Wed 13 Jan 15-18h + Thur 14 Jan 10-13h

NGO Report to the 3rd and 4th Periodic Report of Ireland on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

>>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB)

   
Compiled by:
Gavan Coleman
Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

Review of Ireland: Thur 14 Jan 10-13h + Thur 14 Jan 15-18h 

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

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