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Wednesday 20 September 2017

OUCH!!! UN Press Release calls IGM survivors "transsexual children who underwent difficult surgeries", and IGM "discrimination"! Guess why :-(

Intersex is NOT THE SAME as LGBT or SOGI  «Unfortunately, there are multiple, often interrelated harmful misconceptions about intersex still prevailing in public, notably if intersex and IGM are misrepresented as sexual orientation or gender identity issues. Regrettably, such misrepresentations seem to be on the rise also at the UN, for example in recent UN press releases and Summary records misrepresenting IGM as “sex alignment surgeries” (i.e. voluntary procedures on transsexual or transgender persons), IGM survivors as “transsexual children”, and intersex NGOs as “a group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex victims of discrimination” .»
2017 CRC67 Intersex Report Denmark (PDF), p. 3
 

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Unfortunately, on occasion of the review of Denmark during 67th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) not only once more an LGBT organisation wilfully instrumentalised the pain and suffering of IGM victims for their own interests – but now again (!) both (!!) the English and the French UN press release issued after the hearing in Geneva just added two more salient examples of the endless onslaught of such harmful and damaging misrepresentations:

While the >>> French UN press release at least also mentioned intersex children, it nonetheless consistently misrepresented intersex genital mutilation as an alleged form of "discrimination against transgender and intersex children" ("discrimination dont sont victimes les enfants transgenres et intersexués au Danemark").

Even worse, the >>> English UN press release didn't even bother to name intersex children at all, but instead misrepresented IGM survivors as "transsexual children who underwent difficult treatments and surgeries"!! 

On top of all this, both press releases also entirely omitted the revealing (non-)answer of the Danish delegation, stretching credibility beyond belief by both denying and defending IGM at the same time: «Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping intersex children through genital surgery to overcome functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a medical indication, and parents are always involved in the decision regarding the operation.»  >>> Full transcript of CRC67 Intersex Q&A Denmark

Instrumentalising Intersex Is NOT A Victimless Crime!

How much longer?!

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

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark - Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>> CRC67 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”
>>> CRC67 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics

>>> CAT60 Argentina > UN Press Release calls IGM "sex alignment surgeries",
        IGM survivors "transsexual children"! Guess why :-(
>>> CRPD18 UK > Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups
>>>
Amnesty Report fails Intersex Children and IGM Survivors
>>>
Australia > LGBT group misappropriating intersex funds - again! :-(
>>>
"You shouldn't always talk about the surgeries!"
>>>
"Academic Complicity in IGM Practices" 

Friday 15 September 2017

CRC76 > VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Denmark Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC) - Gov Denies + Defends "Practice"!

«Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping intersex children through genital surgery to overcome functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a medical indication, and parents are always involved in the decision regarding the operation.» 
                      
— Danish UN Delegation, Geneva 15 June 2017

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark - Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>> CRC67 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”
>>> CRC67 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics
>>> CRC67 > UN Press Release calls IGM survivors "transsexual children"  

UN-CRC 76th Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 15.09.2017, 09:51h: Getting ready ...
(Left row, 3rd from front: Mr. Hatem Kotrane who asked the question on intersex.)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAt the 76th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Denmark is questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations, with hopefully tough questions on intersex and IGM on
Fri 15.09.2017 10-13h CET + 15-18h CET
>>> Archived VIDEOS: Session1 | Session 2

StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE from Palais Wilson, hoping for tough questions on IGM practices!

Session 1, Fri 15.09.2017, 10-13h CET

10:37h: (Video @ 38:20)YAY!! CRC expert and member of the Task force on Denmark, Ms. Mikiko Otani, raises harmful practices, mentions treatment of intersex children as a concern of the Committee, announces a collegue will ask a question later! :-)
   

12:46h: (Video @ 2:47:15) YAY!! Committee expert and Task force coordinator, Mr. Hatem Kotrane, asks about treatments of intersex children which are nor medically necessary and irreversible. What measures are planned, also regarding access to redress for victims? :-) :-) :-)
Unfortunately, the english UN simultaneous translation partly mixed up intersex and trans :-/
Inofficial translation of the original question in french, correcting some omissions and mistakes in the simultaneous translation:

«Concerning the latter children [i.e. intersex children], they are treated shortly after birth to quote-unquote "normalise" their genital organs and to be able to attribute a sex to a child.

Treatments involve surgical or hormonal treatments. Necessary clinical tests are described in instructions to hospitals and the medical team is called upon to work very closely with parents to determine the sex of the child. However, the treatment as we know takes place without the consent of the child because the child is too young to express an opinion.

There is very little understanding or knowledge about the physical and psychological treatment over the long term of this kind of treatment as well as consequences when children are not treated because there is very little research carried out in this area. So the Danish practices doesn't include any systematic follow-up on the children, their development, their well-being and effects of the treatment.

We're worried also that the medical practice allows for treatments that are irreversible and which are not based on medical reasons Such practices might be disproportionate vis-à-vis the child and his or her right to physical integrity and to be heard in all matters that affect him or her.

So our question is: What measures have been considered by the government to deal with all of these difficulties and also to undertake investigations into incidents of medically unnecessary operations on intersex children without informed consent, as well as to adopt provisions in order to provide redress for children who are the victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation?»

Session 2, Fri 15.09.2017, 15-18h CET

16:56h: (Video @ 01:56:30) An undisclosed Delegation member (non-)answers on surgical and other procedures on intersex children on behalf of the Ministry of Health, issuing another full denial: While claiming there are no exact records on surgical treatments of children with D$D, allegedly only 1 child per year is born with ambiguous genitalia in Denmark, however for these these "extremely rare cases" there are no less than 3 specialised hospitals .... Parents are allegedly "extensively" informed before "consenting" to surgery, which is is allegedly never solely cosmetic, but always medically indicated. "Denmark intends to continue this practice." (The question about measures to ensure access to redress for IGM survivors was simply ignored.) :-( :-( :-( Inofficial Transcript:

«I will move on to an entirely different question, the question from earlier this morning on surgical and other procedures on intersex children before they are at an age where they're able to provide informed consent.

In Denmark there is no exact record of the number of children who have been treated for DSD, Disorders of Sex Development, as DSD can cover up to 50 different diagnoses. In Denmark it's forbidden for doctors to make irreversible interventions on children if there is no informed consent from the parents. The parents therefore receive extensive information and are always involved in the decision regarding the operation.

Approximately one child each year is born with ambiguous genitalia in Denmark. In this extremely rare case where there is doubt about the sex of the child a paediatrician will carry out further examination including diagnostic imagening and chromosome analysis. The determination of the sex of the child is carried out in close dialogue with the parents of the child and will be based on the needs of the child. Interventions are never done solely for cosmetic reasons but are always performed on a medical indication. Surgical intervention on the sex characteristics is not performed on infants in Denmark.

Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping children through surgery to overcome functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a medical indication. Dissemination and treatment of DSD conditions are centralised in three highly specialised departments at three different hospitals to ensure that children and adults with DSD receive the best possible support and treatment.»

17:57h: Session closed. Due to time constraints there were no follow-up questions on intersex.

«Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping HURTING intersex children through genital surgery MUTILATION to overcome PREVIOUSLY NON-EXISTING functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a BOGUS medical indication, and parents are always involved LIED TO in the decision regarding the operation.» 
There, Danish UN Delegation, fixed that for ya!

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark - Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>> CRC67 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”
>>> CRC67 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics 
>>> CRC67 > UN Press Release calls IGM survivors "transsexual children" 

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

See also:
24 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

CRC67 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookFrom the 2017 CRC Denmark NGO Report (Update for Session) (PDF, p. 4-5):

5. Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”

Unfortunately, there are multiple, often interrelated harmful misconceptions about intersex still prevailing in public, notably if intersex and IGM are misrepresented as LGBT or SOGI issues. [13] Despite that intersex persons and their organisations have repeatedly spoken out clearly against such misrepresentations, [14] regrettably they seem to be on the rise also at the UN, for example in recent UN press releases and Summary records misrepresenting IGM as “sex alignment surgeries” (i.e. voluntary procedures on transsexual or transgender persons), IGM survivors as “transsexual children”, and intersex NGOs as “a group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex victims of discrimination” [15] and State parties referring to e.g. transgender guidelines [16] or “Gender Identity Law” [17] when asked about IGM by e.g. Treaty bodies.

An interrelated, alarming new trend is the increasing misrepresentation of IGM as “health-care issue” instead of a serious human rights violation, and the promotion of “self-regulation” of IGM by the current perpetrators instead of effective measures to end the practice. [18] [19] [20] [21]

Therefore, we would like to again urge the Committee to adequately address unnecessary genital surgeries on intersex children justified by psychosocial indications in the forthcoming 76th Session [...], and to remind Denmark of its obligations under the Convention art. 24 (3) and Joint General Comment No. 18 “on harmful practices”, in line with the Committee’s previous recommendations and the recommendations to Denmark by CAT [...]

>>> 'Only the Fear of the Judge Will Make IGM Perpetrators Change'

[13]  2017 NGO Submission to SR Disability, p. 4, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-SR-Disability-Submission-Intersex-IGM-V2.pdf
[14]  For references, see 2016 CRC UK NGO Report, p. 39, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2016-CRC-UK-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM_v2.pdf
[15]  See http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/UN-Press-Release-calls-IGM-survivors-transsexual-children-CATArgentina-UNCAT60
[16]  CAT 56 Austria, see http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/Geneva-UN-Committee-against-Torture-questions-Austria-over-Intersex-Genital-Mutilations
[17]  CAT 60 Argentina, unofficial transcript see http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/CAT60-Argentina-to-be-Questioned-on-Intersex-Genital-Mutilation-by-UN-Committee-against-Torture
[18]  For example Amnesty (2017), see http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/Amnesty-Report-fails-Intersex-Children-and-IGM-Survivors
[19]  For example FRA (2015), see Presentation OHCHR Expert Meeting (2015), slide 8, http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/public/S3_Zwischengeschlecht_UN-Expert-Meeting-2015_web.pdf See also http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/IDAHOT-2015-Let-s-Talk-About-Intersex-Appropriation
[20[  For example CEDAW (2017), see, http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/Major-Setback-for-Intersex-Human-Rights-at-the-UN
[21] See for example Ministry of Health Chile (2016), http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/Circular-7-step-back-for-intersex-human-rights-in-Chile

 •   2016 CRC Denmark Thematic Intersex NGO Report (for PSWG)
 •   2017 CRC Denmark Intersex Report (Update for Session)

 •   CRC67 Denmark > Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics  

>>> CRPD18 > Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups
>>>
"You shouldn't always talk about the surgeries!"
>>>
"Academic Complicity in IGM Practices"  

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

Thursday 14 September 2017

UN-CRC67 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics

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

Typical examples of big-money agencies and NGOs exploiting IGM for LGBT politics include UNFE New York, Amnesty London and EU-FRA.

But there are also countless comparably smaller trans and LGBT NGOs – though still with budgets many times bigger than those of intersex NGOs – routinely misrepresenting IGM as "necessary medical assistance and health care" at the UN. – Check.

LGBT Denmark: Exploiting intersex children – Shame on you!

The above quote is from today's salient example on occasion of the review of Denmark next Friday 15.09.2017 at the 76th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC):

A Report by "LGBT Denmark - The Danish National Organization for Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender persons".

Let's unpack it:

• The "LGBT Denmark" report is (of course) NOT entitled e.g. "The rights of gay boys, lesbian girls and transgender children in Denmark", but instead (anyone guessed?) "The Rights of LGBTI Children in Denmark". – Check.

• The report further alleges the concerns of intersex children and IGM victims alike would be basically the same as those of transgender persons seeking consensual surgery but facing "challenges in regard to access to healthcare". – Check.

• While the report has to be commended for raising the fact that the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) already reprimanded Denmark for IGM practices, the report fails to reference any intersex NGO report that provided the evidence leading to the reprimand. – Check.

• IGM is NEVER adequately adressed under genital mutilation and harmful practices (CRC art. 24(3) in conjunction with General comment No. 18) – in fact NONE of this is mentioned NOWHERE in the whole report. – Check.

• Instead correctly addressing IGM under genital mutilation and harmful practices, the report instead misaddresses IGM under (who'd'a thunk?!!)"LGBTI children and the health system (Article 24 & 37)." – Check.

• This only section addressing IGM is a 'combined' section on the "serious mental and physical health issues particularly for trans* and intersex persons." – Check.

• The (always) first part of the "combined health section" is on "trans* children" and contains recommendations on the "treatment of trans* children." – Check.

• The (always) second part of the "combined health section" is on "Intersex persons" – but contains NO recommendations on intersex children, e.g. to take effective legal and other measures to protect intersex children from IGM and guarantee access to redress and justice to victims. – Check.

• Instead of any actual intersex recommendations, the 2nd "intersex" part of the "combined health section" recommends (you probably guessed it) "to ensure that procedures and practices within the public health care systems take into account the particular needs and vulnerabilities of LGBTI persons [...], and to ensure the highest attainable standard of health to all children." – Check.

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

How much longer?!!

>>> CRPD18 > Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups
>>> "You shouldn't always talk about the surgeries!"
>>> 'Only the Fear of the Judge Will Make IGM Perpetrators Change'
>>> "Academic Complicity in IGM Practices"  

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

After the break this blog documents the the entire section on IGM and the non-recommendation within the "LGBT Denmark" report (p. 4, 5-6), exploiting intersex children [WARNING!!!]:

Continue reading...

Friday 8 September 2017

'Only the Fear of the Judge Will Make IGM Perpetrators Change'

>>> Review + Partial Translation of the "Tribune de Genève" Article

Unfortunately still bears repeating (10):

Misrepresenting Intersex Genital Mutilation as a "health care issue" and merely calling for "self regulation" by doctors and health ministries (as e.g. advocated by Amnesty London) won't stop IGM, and neither will toothless laws or regulations without actual consequences for both perpetrators and accessories (like in Malta, Argentina or Chile).

Only adequately sanctioning or criminalizing IGM, incuding suspension or extension of statutes of limitations to ensure access to justice and redress for adult survivors will make a difference!

IGM is a CRIME and a Serious Violation of Non-Derogable Human Rights, NOT ‘Health Care’!

See also:
- "You shouldn't always talk about the surgeries!"
- "Academic Complicity in IGM Practices"
- WTF?! Nothing "Normal" About Intersex Genital Mutilations!
- Intersex Genital Mutilation is a Crime, NOT "Health Care"!!!

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

Sunday 3 September 2017

Stockholm under water

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAn important but too often overlooked intersex issue is what the trauma of early childhood IGM does to the survivors, how it prevents us from actually looking at was done to us, and even worse, how it prevents us from holding perpetrators accountable.

The following is a piece I wrote on this subject, first published in German on Zwischengeschlecht.info 9 years ago:

I can't forget a story. It's Don Bajema's "Dog Party" about a boy who loved dogs.

Dogs had an excessive attraction on him. Nobody knew why. He was a strange boy, with a strange smile, his arms covered with bleeding bites and scratches. He followed all the dogs in the district, lured them, waited for hours, until he caught one. The dogs knew what he wanted to do, were afraid and hid. But at some point they got careless, let themselves be baited with food and finally just hoped that the boy wouldn't really do it. They were wrong.

The boy caught them, caressed the dogs trembling with fear, talked very softly to them, and carried them to the water barrel. Then he pushed them under water. They wriggled madly and fought desperately for their life, endlessly long. And at the moment, when they already were on the other side, when their bodies stopped fighting and only twitched, the boy saved them. He pulled them out oft he water, hold them upside down, let the water run out of the muzzle and nose. A small light seemed to be ignited behind the dog’s eyes, as they realised where they were. They looked into the boy’s smiling face. The boy placed them on the floor, they were too weak to move. He laid beside them, caressed them, put his arms around them.

The dogs thought that the boy had saved them, although they always would be afraid of the green water hose and the water barrel in the future. They wanted to believe that the boy had saved them. It was easier than to admit to themselves what they boy really had done. They let their memory begin with the smile in the boy’s face. The dogs loved him. Really. They followed him everywhere.

We humans are like those dogs. If something which was done to us is too terrible, we repress it. We hide what we can’t bear. It’s awful to be a victim, unbearable. That’s why each victim looks for something good in their perpetrator, to feel less as a victim. That’s one reason why most perpetrators continue getting away scot-free.

And if nevertheless one day a victim stands up and shouts out the unbearable truth and accuses the perpetrators, then the other victims are the first to silence the one standing up. Because most of them don't really want to take action against the perpetrators, for then they would have to admit to themselves the terrible truth:

They tried to kill me to save my life.

Nella

[In case anybody should be wondering about "Stockholm" in the title: it refers to the "Stockholm Syndrome".]

See also:
- Why I can't be at the 4th Intersex Forum (4IIF)
- "You shouldn't always talk about the surgeries!"
- "Academic Complicity in IGM Practices"
- IGM: An Analogue to Childhood Sexual Abuse
- WTF?! Nothing "Normal" About Intersex Genital Mutilations!
- Intersex Genital Mutilation is a Crime, NOT "Health Care"!!!

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

Saturday 2 September 2017

UK > Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups, Misrepresentation of Intersex as LGBT Issue

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity' Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookWhen the Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Theresia Degener, at the 18th CRPD Session in Geneva unmistakably and publicly criticised denial of IGM and misappropriation of intersex funds in the UK, the globally widespread practice of misappropriation of intersex funding by LGBT organisations and the interrelated issue of misrepresentation of intersex as an LGBT issue suddenly entered the spotlight.

This groundbreaking development was only possible because the UK Intersex NGO Coalition Report for the Session documented evidence of misrepresentation of intersex and misappropriation of intersex funding in the UK, and particularly in Scotland. The following is the relevant section from the report:

4.  Misrepresentation of Intersex as LGBT issue, Misappropriation of Funding

As noted in our PSWG NGO Report (p. 7), intersex persons and their organisations have spoken out clearly against misrepresenting intersex as an LGBT or SOGI issue, and in particular against instrumentalising intersex as a means to an end by LGBT groups, and against pinkwashing of IGM by State parties trying to deflect from criticism of involuntary intersex treatments, maintaining that IGM practices present a distinct and unique issue constituting significant human rights violations, which are different from those faced by the LGBT or SOGI community, and thus need to be adequately addressed in a separate section as specific intersex issues.

Nonetheless, the pervasiveness and persistence of such harmful misconceptions remains, as illustrated for example in two recent UN press releases misrepresenting IGM as “sex alignment surgeries” (i.e. voluntary procedures on transsexual or transgender persons), and IGM survivors as “transsexual children”, [53] and State parties regularly referring to e.g. transgender guidelines [54] or “Gender Identity Law” [55] when asked about IGM by e.g. Treaty bodies.

South Africa [56] and France [57] are still the only States officially recognising IGM constituting a harmful practice, but so far without enacting legislation accordingly. Malta [58] and Argentina [59] are still the only countries formally banning IGM, but both without any sanctions or known progress. Human rights agencies reports regularly fail to identify the most important applicable human rights frameworks, [60] and only call for legislation regarding “Gender Identity Registration” and “Discrimination”, but fail to do so in order to end IGM practices and the impunity of the perpetrators and accessories, thus perpetuating the harmful stereotypes, appropriation and colonisation of intersex politics, and erasure of IGM and IGM survivors and their legitimate concerns and demands. [60] [61]

A current UK example of LGBT groups talking for intersex persons and their organisations without consultation or representation is the Scottish Pink Saltire Video “Introducing Intersex” [63] also promoted by the Scottish DSD Network, [64] which was financed by the Scottish Lottery Fund, [65] and in which intersex is “introduced” and explained exclusively by non-intersex persons and organisations including Pink Saltire, Equality Network Scotland, and the Scottish DSD Network, while intersex persons and their organisations were neither consulted nor represented.

So far Scotland is the only UK country with a budget for funding intersex awareness raising with at least “£135,000 for intersex work”, however paid out exclusively to LGBT organisations. [66] [67]

So unfortunately while the Scottish Government and the Scottish political parties publicly strive to address “specific intersex-related equality and human rights concerns”, [68] in fact they only do so regarding issues marginal to most intersex people like e.g. “hate crimes against non-binary or intersex people” [69] and “update[ing] the Gender Recognition Act 2004 […] to alter the law to make better provisions for […] specifically non-binary and intersex people”, [70] regarding the main issue of IGM they steadfastly keep funding and supporting the doctors and clinics responsible for continuing the practice.

[53]  For relevant excerpts and references, see http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/UN-Press-Release-calls-IGM-survivors-transsexual-children-CATArgentina-UNCAT60
[54]  CAT56 Austria, see http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/Geneva-UN-Committee-against-Torture-questions-Austria-over-Intersex-Genital-Mutilations
[55]  CAT 60 Argentina, unofficial transcript see http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/CAT60-Argentina-to-be-Questioned-on-Intersex-Genital-Mutilation-by-UN-Committee-against-Torture
[56]  CRC74 Constructive dialogue, unofficial transcript: http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/LIVE-South-Africa-Questioned-Over-Intersex-Genital-Mutilations-by-UN-Committee-on-the-Rights-of-the-Child
See also Mail & Guardian (27.10.2016), https://mg.co.za/article/2016-10-27-00-sa-joins-the-global-fight-to-stop-unnecessary-genital-surgery-on-intersex-babies/ 
[57]  See http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/France-condemns-mutilations-of-intersex-children-proposes-prohibition 
[58]  See http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/Intersex-politics-that-ignore-the-daily-mutilations-PINKWASHING-OF-IGM-PRACTICES
[59]  See 2017 CAT Argentina NGO Report, p. 10, 13–14, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CAT-Justicia-Intersex-Zwischengeschlecht-IGM.pdf
[60]  See submission to SR-Disability, p. 5-6, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-SR-Disability-Submission-Intersex-IGM-V2.doc 
[61]  For example FRA (2015), see Presentation OHCHR Expert Meeting (2015), slide 8, http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/public/S3_Zwischengeschlecht_UN-Expert-Meeting-2015_web.pdf
[62]
  For example Amnesty (2017), see http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/Amnesty-Report-fails-Intersex-Children-and-IGM-Survivors
[63]  Pink Saltire, “Introducing Intersex”, 22.03.2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onRPZEPDoPs Note: The Rapporteurs can NOT endorse this video as it was made by third party groups without consultation and representation of intersex persons and their organisations.
[64]  See “Introducing Intersex”, http://www.sdsd.scot.nhs.uk/support/
[65]  See https://pinksaltire.com/2016/10/08/do-you-know-what-the-i-means/
[66]  “Equality Network funding includes £600,000 for the work of Scottish Trans, representing an increase of 53% on previous funding, and in recognition of the huge increase in demand for trans services, including a Scottish Government gender recognition consultation expected in the Autumn, as well as £135,000 for intersex work.”, see Pink Saltire, “Big Four LGBT Charities in Government Funding Windfall”, https://pinksaltire.com/2017/06/28/big-four-lgbt-charities-in-government-funding-windfall/
[67]
  See also £45,000 for “intersex project” paid out to Equality Network, http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Equality/Funding/funding/EqualityFunding
[68]  https://beta.gov.scot/policies/equality/lgbti/
[69]  https://pinksaltire.com/2017/06/10/scots-lgbt-hate-crime-reaches-new-high/
[70]  https://pinksaltire.com/2016/09/01/nhs-under-strain-as-gender-identity-demand-surges/

>>> CRPD18 > Chair criticises misappropriation of intersex funding in Scotland
>>>
TRANSCRIPT+VIDEO: UK questioned over IGM – Gov lies, denies, pinkwashes!
>>>
CRPD18 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in the UK
>>>
UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for Session
>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for LOIs

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

Sunday 27 August 2017

"You answered on female genital mutilation, but I was talking about intersex genital mutilation" (CRPD18)

CRPD Chair Theresia Degener talking straight @ Palais des Nations, Geneva 24.08.2017

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

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WOW!! Theresia Degener, Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), on the UK denial of IGM and misappropriation of intersex funds!
>>> Full transcript and video

«[…] I would like to thank the Distinguished Delegate from Scotland for taking up the intersex subject, the subject of intersex persons, because when I listened to your answers yesterday, I thought there was a misunderstanding because […] the answers related to female genital mutilation, but I was talking about intersex genital mutilation. And in regard to that I think while it is commendable to give 45'000 pounds to LGBTI community, it does not mean that this money reaches intersex persons and that the harmful practices which I mentioned yesterday, which this Committee and other Treaty Body Committees consider as ill-treatment and in some instances as torture, will be stopped, and I'm afraid that giving some money to civil society is not enough in order to stop serious human rights violations.»

(For more info on the misappropriation of intersex funds in the UK, see Intersex NGO Coalition Report for the Session DOC | PDF, p. 12-14.)

>>> TRANSCRIPT+VIDEO: UK questioned over IGM – Gov lies, denies, pinkwashes!
>>> CRPD18 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in the UK

>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for Session: DOC | PDF

>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for LOIs: DOC | PDF

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

Saturday 26 August 2017

CRPD18 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in the UK

Daniela Truffer testifying to IGM in the United Kingdom to CRPD, Geneva 21.08.2017

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAt the 18th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), before the UK was questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations, NGOs had the possibility to brief CRPD. During the following Q&A, there was also a question by a Committee member on statistics of IGM in the UK.
Read below the 2-minutes oral statement by Daniela Truffer on behalf of the UK Intersex NGO Coalition + a Q&A summary: 
>>> Download Statement as DOC (33kb) | PDF (82kb)

  

Intersex NGO Coalition:
Oral Statement CRPD18 UK, 21.08.2017
StopIGM.org • IntersexUK • The UK Intersex Association

Daniela Truffer

Thank you.

I'm an intersex person and survivor of involuntary sterilising procedures and genital surgery, speaking on behalf of my UK peers on articles 16 and 17.

As shown in our 2 NGO reports, [1] in the UK children with so called “ambiguous” genitalia are still castrated, have their genitals cut and sliced, are submitted to forced hormonal treatment, unnecessary genital exams, vaginal dilations, medical display, and human experimentation. [2]

All advocated and paid for by the public National Health Service (NHS), [3] because all 4 countries still consider intersex to be a disability in the medical definition, and healthy intersex children as “defect”, “deformed” and in need to be “fixed”. [4]

CRC [5] has already recommended the UK to protect intersex children from unnecessary treatment, to provide families with adequate counselling and support, and to provide redress to the victims. However, the State party fails to act.

Also the UK's non-answers regarding intersex to the List of Issues demonstrate the persistent denial of any human rights violation.

To this day, the UK tries to misrepresent institutionalised violence, ill-treatment and harmful practices perpetrated on intersex children [6] as supposedly genuine health care instead.

We would therefore like to recall the severe pain and suffering caused by non-consensual, unnecessary treatments, including loss or impairment of sexual sensation, painful scarring, impairment or loss of reproductive capabilities, lifelong dependency on artificial hormones, increased self-harm and suicide, and lifelong mental suffering and trauma. [7]

We therefore hope that the Committee will ask the delegation tough questions on IGM, and will sternly remind the UK of its obligations under the Convention. [8]

Thank you.

[1]  Report for LOI, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CRPD-PSWG-UK-NGO-Coalition-Intersex-IGM.doc
Report for Session, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CRPD-UK-NGO-Coalition-Intersex-IGM.doc
[2]  See Report for LOI, p. 8, 10-13; Report for Session, p. 8-11, 16-22
[3]  Ibid.
[4]  See Report for Session, p. 11-12; Report for LOI, p. 8-9
[5]  CRC/C/GBR/CO/5, paras 45-46
[6]  CRPD/C/DEU/CO/1, paras 37-38; CRPD/C/CHL/CO/1 paras 41-42; CRPD/C/ITA/CO/1, paras 45-46; CRPD/C/URY/CO/1, paras 43-44; CAT/C/DEU/CO/5, para 20; CAT/C/CHE/CO/7, para 20;
CAT/C/AUT/CO/6, paras 44-45; CAT/C/DNK/CO/6-7, paras 42-43; CAT/C/CHN-HKG/CO/4-5, paras 28-29; CAT/C/FRA/CO/7, paras 32-33; CCPR/C/CHE/CO/4, paras 24-25, CRC/C/CHE/CO/2-4, paras 42-43; CRC/C/CHL/CO/4-5, paras 48–49; CRC/C/IRL/CO/3-4, paras 39-40; CRC/C/FRA/CO/5, paras 47-48; CRC/C/GBR/CO/5, paras 45–46; CRC/C/NPL/CO/3-5, paras 41–42; CRC/C/ZAF/CO/2 paras 37-38; CRC/C/NZL/CO/5 paras 25, 15; CEDAW/C/FRA/CO/7-8, paras 17e-f+18e-f; CEDAW/C/CHE/CO/4-5 paras 38-39; CEDAW/C/NLD/CO/6 paras 21-22, 23-24; CEDAW/C/DEU/CO/7-8, paras 23-24
[7]  See Case Studies in Report for Session, p. 16-22
[8]  See Suggested Recommendations in Report for Session, p. 15

In the following Q&A with the Committee, CRPD expert Mr. Martin acknowledged our contributions and asked about statistics on forced treatments also generally on persons with disabilities in the UK.

Replying on intersex, Daniela referred to the partial NHS data available for england referenced in the Report for the List of Issues (LOI) on p. 11-13 ( DOC | PDF), indicating annually about 450 removals of testes on children, plus around 15 surgeries on the clitoris, as well as higher numbers of vaginal surgery, and around 2400 ”masculinising” “hypospadias repair” surgeries annually just in England.

>>> UK questioned over IGM – Gov lies, denies and pinkwashes!
>>> UK CRPD Intersex Briefing Statement 21.08.2017:
DOC | PDF
>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for Session: DOC | PDF

>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for LOIs: DOC | PDF

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

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Thursday 24 August 2017

Australia > LGBT group misappropriating intersex funds - again! :-(

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity' Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookWow, in Australia intersex people and organisations do have access to proper funding – or don't they? See here:
>>> https://d27jjb85n91zzw.cloudfront.net/media/1502947222_1wfAU_.pdf
>>> http://genderrights.org.au/node/358 

Now, are we missing something here, or is this just another example of the ongoing takeover of the intersex movement by better-funded LGBT organisations – i.e. whenever funding for intersex becomes available, it's inevitably going NOT to intersex organisations, but to third party LGBT organisations instead, which then in turn use it to patronise, erm, "help" intersex people, of course strictly whithin "gender" and LGBT frameworks only, but with ZERO MONEY at all going to actually combatting IGM practices and confronting IGM perpetrators – and with intersex organisations staying silent, or even welcoming that "now finally something is done for intersex" (no matter how harmful) ...

On top, while AGA claims to serve intersex people in the first place (or at leat they list them first), as far as we can see they mainly serve transgender and non-binary people, and intersex people only as far as they're also non-binary and/or LGBT (which most are not), while again letting IGM doctors continue mutilating intersex children unchallenged ...

Does anybody have more info to either confirm or correct this impression?

PS: All info we received so far confirms that AGA is indeed guilty of gross intersex appropriation with serious damage done to the intersex movement and particularly to intersex children at risk of being submitted to IGM ... When will intersex people finally stand up and no longer tolerate such serious harm?! :-( :-( :-(

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

CRPD18 > VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: UK Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Disability Rights Committee (CRPD) – Gov Lies, Denies and Pinkwashes!

>>> UK Intersex Briefing Statement 21.08.2017: DOC | PDF
>>> UK Intersex NGO Report for Session: DOC | PDF
>>> UK Intersex NGO Report for LOIs: DOC | PDF 

UN-CRPD 18th Session @ Palais des Nations, Geneva 23.08.2017, 14:53h: Getting ready ...

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

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At the 18th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the United Kingdom is being questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations, with hopefully tough questions on intersex and IGM on
Wed 23.08.2017 15-18h CET + Thu 24.08.2017 10-13h CET
>>> Archived VIDEOS: Session1 | Session 2

StopIGM.org reported LIVE from Palais des Nations!

Session 1, Wed 23.08.2017, 15–18h CET

15:37h: (Video @ 00:37:30) YAY!! Committee expert Mr. Jun Ishikawa asked a first question about intersex persons under article 8 CRPD, regarding measures to overcome negative attitudes, stereotypes and prejudices! :-)
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning:
«I have three questions for this round. First, about article 8. Please provide information about regular and targeted measures to overcome negative attitudes stereotypes and prejudices against persons with disabilities, in particular persons with dementia, with autism, with intellectual or learning disabilities, with psychosocial disabilities, and intersex persons in the State Party and that devolved governments.»

16:07h: (Video @ 01:07:00) YAY!! Committee Chairperson Ms. Teresia Degener asked under art. 7 (children with disabilities) for information on intersex genital mutilation, which is reported to be widespread in the UK, and is considered by UN Treaty bodies as a harmful practice and a violation of CRPD! :-)
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «I would like to have information on the treatment of intersex children in the UK. We have information that there is widespread intersex genital mutilation going on, and you know that this Committee and other Treaty Bodies regard that harmful practice as a violation of our Convention.»

16:30h: Session resumed, first round of answers by Head of Delegation ...

16:41h: ... answering on raising awareness now ... but intersex left out once again!

17:05h: (Video @ 02:04:50) (Non-)answer by undisclosed woman from the Home Office to the Chairperson's question on IGM – by answering on FGM! ... (but not a single word on IGM, of course – that would be the day!) :-(
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «Regarding the Chair's important question on genital mutilation, female genital mutilation or FGM is an issue which the government takes extremely seriously. The government has set up a specialist FGM unit which is driving a step change in nationwide outreach on FGM. The government has introduced mandatory a duty for front line professionals to report cases of FGM and an FGM protection order to prevent children at risk being taken out of the country.»

17:27h: (Video @ 02:27:30) The Head of Delegation Mrs. Karen Jochelson  announces that questions on intersex children will be answered tomorrow ...
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «We are aware that there are three questions that we haven't addressed, in relation to international requirements on the sustainable development goals, intersex children and discrimination in court cases which we would like to take up tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.»

17:58h: Meeting adjourned until Thu 24.08.2017 10h CET.

Session 2, Thu 24.08.2017, 10-13h CET

09:58h: Waiting to start ... and hoping for strong follow-up questions on intersex and IGM, particularly in the light of yesterday's outrageous display of ignorance and denial by the UK Delegation!

10:04h: There's also live captioning available! Head of Delegation currently speaking ...

10:53h: (Video @ 00:53:33) Scottish Delegate Donnie Jack non-answers on intersex, predictably ignores question on IGM, plus falsely claims there's funding for intersex (while as substantiated in the Intersex Report for the Session DOC | PDF, p. 12-14, in fact all "intersex funding" is paid out to LGBT organsiations insteead, and NONE OF IT to actual intersex organisations ...). :-(
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «Finally, turning to the point on intersex raised by yourself, Madam Chairperson and Mr Ishikawa. My government added intersex equality to its approach to gender identity in 2014. This was in recognition of the specific issues intersex people may face. We have provided funding of 45,000 pounds each year since 2015 to one of our leading LGBTI organisations, the equality network, to facilitate engagement between public bodies and intersex people. The funding supports their inclusion and engagement in the equality policy and in the development of best practice. We will be publishing our consultation on gender identity later this year, and as part of that consultation, we will fully consider the points in relation to the rights of intersex people.»

ca. 11:15h: Head of Delgation claims now all open questions from yesterday were answered (i.e. including the one on IGM) ... :-(

11:47h: (Video @ 01:46:50) YAY!! Chairperson Ms. Theresia Degener follows up on intersex! Clarifies she asked about intersex genital mutilation, not FGM, and that giving money to LGBT organisations doesn't address intersex and is not an adeqate means to stop torture on intersex children ... :-)
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «I would like to thank for comprehensive answering our questions and especially, I would like to thank the Distinguished Delegate from Scotland for taking up the intersex subject, the subject of intersex persons, because when I listened to your answers yesterday, I thought there was a misunderstanding because you related, the answers related to female genital mutilation, but I was talking about intersex genital mutilation. And in regard to that I think while it is commendable to give 45'000 pounds to LGBTI community, it does not mean that this money reaches intersex persons and that the harmful practices which I mentioned yesterday, which this Committee and other Treaty Body Committees consider as ill-treatment and in some instances as torture, will be stopped, and I'm afraid that giving some money to civil society is not enough in order to stop serious human rights violations.»

12:45h: Still waiting for actual Gov answer on intersex and IGM ...

12:51h: Scottish Delegate ends next round of answers, did NOT answer on intersex and IGM ... :-(

12:54h: (Video @ 02:54:10) Delegate Mr. David Nuttal of the Health Department follows up on intersex and IGM, claims IGM constitutes medically necessary health care and is therefore excluded from prohibition of FGM, and the "consent" of parents to be sufficient – who'd'a thunk!! :-(
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «Turning to the question from the Chair, and to supplement our previous answer. The female genital mutilation act 2003 makes female mutilation FGM a criminal offense, but sets out the medical circumstances in which surgical procedures are permitted. These circumstances are where the operations are carried out by an approved person such as a medical professional and are necessary for a woman or girl's physical or mental health and this could, in certain circumstances include interventions for intersex. Decisions on whether such intervention is necessary will be made in consultation with parents or carers following careful assessment of the individual circumstances of the case.»

13:17h: CRPD Chairperson Ms. Theresia Degener closes the session.

>>> UK CRPD Intersex Briefing Statement 21.08.2017: DOC | PDF
>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for Session: DOC | PDF

>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for LOIs: DOC | PDF

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

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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

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

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Sunday 20 August 2017

Washington, D.C. > International Genital Mutilators to Celebrate End of Intersex Human Rights – Unchallenged?

At their last quadrennial global meeting in Italy, arriving Intersex Genital Mutilators were greeted by fierce Nonviolent Intersex Protests + handed an Open Letter:
Opening Day of the '9th Joint Meeting', Milano (Italy) 19.09.2013

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

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On 14-17 September 2017 at the Washington D.C. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Intersex Genital Mutilators from allover the world will gather for the "10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology 2017" in order to advocate, defend and proliferate their practice, summoned by the "(Lawson Wilkins) Pediatric Endocrine Society (LW)PES", the "European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology ESPE", the Latin American "Sociedad Latinoamericana de Endocrinologia Pediatrica (SLEP)", the "Chinese Society of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSPEM)", the "Arab Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (ASPED)", the "Indian Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology (ISPAE)", the Australian and New Zealand "Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG)", the "Asia Pacific Endocrine Society (APPES)", the "African Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology (ASPAE)", and the "Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology (JSPE)".

Intersex Protest #2 @ Opening of '4th I-DSD Symposium', Glasgow (UK) 07.06.2013
(Centre with backpack: Prof Dr Olaf Hiort, Team Leader 'EuroDSD' and 'DSDnet').

And on Sunday 9/17/17 during a special meeting entitled "Controversies: Is there a role for early surgery in the management of DSD?" an official obituary on the demise of intersex human rights will be delivered by no other than 'D$D tycoon' Olaf Hiort (Luebeck, Germany), who under "Legal considerations" will explain how "the role and legal aspects of parental decisions regarding sex assignment and possible non‐reversible interventions for a minor" can be used as a loophole to "legally" continue practicing IGM with impunity.

Paediatric endocrinologist and geneticist Olaf Hiort, who recently at the "7th I-D$D" congress in Copenhagen shrugged off the Human Rights Watch report with a wry comment on the alleged need of "structured peer support", has been complaining about being publicly criticised as "Intersex Genital Mutilator in Chief" in Germany for many years, protesting in vain such description would constitute "violent language""And what about my human rights?"

»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)

Hiort is the leader of the current multi-million IGM "research" projects "D$Dnet" and "Endo-€RN", as well as of precursors including "Euro-D$D" and "Network Intersexuality/D$D", which had the U.S. "National Institutes of Health (NIH)" setting up a U.S. "D$D Research Network" to "keep pace with" these EU "advances in basic and clinical DSD research".

Olaf Hiort will not be the only IGM perpetrator in Washington to justify the ongoing mutilations, but he will be seconded by IGM colleagues from the U.S., Australia, China and the UK, and besides the above mentioned obituary Hiort will also deliver another lecture on "Disorders of sex development" at the "10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology" (see relevant programme items below after the break).

Such public endorsements of Intersex Genital Mutilations by Olaf Hiort and other prominent IGM practitioners have been opposed by repeated nonviolent intersex protests in Europe – however, so far no news have transpired that the international IGM clique would have to fear to be challenged in Washington – or will they?

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

Genital Mutilation on Children:
IGM @ '10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology'

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookHuman Rights For Hemaphrodites, Too!StopIGM.org documents sessions and presentations promoting and justifying Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM) at the "10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology", 14-17 September 2017 at the Washington D.C. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (full programme PDF), organised by the "(Lawson Wilkins) Pediatric Endocrine Society (LW)PES", the "European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology ESPE" and many more:

Thursday 9/14/17
Session 1 (14:15‐15:45)

Topic Symposium: New insights in Disorder of Sex Development (DSD)

The aim of this symposium is to provide updated basic and clinical strategy using new technology and accumulated clinical data, and to pursue comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of DSD.

Disorders of sex development: insights from targeted gene sequencing of a large international patient cohort

Andrew Sinclair (Australia)
Currently only 13% of patients receive an accurate genetic DSD diagnosis. Using a Massively Parallel Sequencing targeted DSD gene panel to sequence all 64 known diagnostic DSD genes and 967 candidate genes, we analyzed the largest international cohort of patients with DSD and found a total of 28 genes implicated in DSD, highlighting the genetic spectrum of this disorder. Sequencing revealed 97 previously unreported DSD gene variants. A likely genetic diagnosis was identified in 43% of patients with 46,XY DSD, a substantial increase over current practice. In patients with 46,XY disorders of androgen synthesis and action the genetic diagnosis rate reached 60%. In many cases, our findings were informative as to the likely cause of the DSD, which will facilitate clinical management. Targeted DSD gene panel represents a cost and time‐effective means of improving the genetic diagnostic capability for patients affected by DSD.

Endocrine Evaluation of Suspected XY DSD
S. Faisal Ahmed (UK)

Reaching a firm diagnosis in XY DSD is challenging. Rapid advances in diagnostic technology and an improved fundamental understanding of sex and gonadal development is now facilitating the diagnosis of these conditions. There is now a need for clearer guidance on the relative merits of biochemical versus genetic evaluation. In addition, there is a need for greater emphasis on showing that a firm diagnosis for conditions associated with XY DSD is associated with a change in clinical practice that benefits the patient. The standardisation and harmonisation of complex genetic and biochemical analyses and the gathering of patient‐centred outcome measures for such rare conditions cannot be performed without relying on international networks and registries.

Differential diagnosis and management – theory and practice
Chunxiu Gong (China)

2006‐2016 the DSD bank has registered more than 1200 cases. Include Sex chromosome DSD 126cases;46,XY DSD 1018 cases and non‐CAH 46,XX DSD 70 cases. Accept gene test about 340 cases. We diagnosed 70 cases HH and AIS 39 cases, and 46 5ARD, 24 rare types CAH 10 NR5A1 related DSD and HSD17B3 2cases.introduce my experience for their diagnosis and management

Sunday 9/17/17
Session 3 (10:15‐11:45)
Topic Symposium: Adult consequences of pediatric endocrine disease

Disorders of sex development
Olaf Hiort (Germany)

Sexuality and overall health‐related quality of life play a major role in caring for adults  with Differences of Sex Development (DSD). Sexual functioning might be impeded due to the given anatomy, surgical interventions or hormonal therapy. Novel approaches require highly specialized interdisciplinary care, including gynecological and urological management, specialized protocols for hormone therapies or replacements, and overall life‐long psychological support.

Controversies: Is there a role for early surgery in the management of DSD?

Genital surgery in the context of DSD has been heavily debated in the past decade, both indications and timing. In this session, this topic will be approached from a legal, urological, hormonal and psychological perspective, in order to make the audience familiar with the different arguments and sensitivities surrounding this subject and to provide a broad and nuanced overview. Diverging views that will become apparent during the session will be in included in the discussion.

Legal considerations
Olaf Hiort (Germany)

In this presentation, recent developments in Germany will be discussed, and an “Expertise Report” by the German Ministry for Family presented. The German law on sex assignment at birth and the implications for patients with DSD conditions will be discussed. Furthermore, the role and legal aspects of parental decisions regarding sex assignment and possible non‐reversible interventions for a minor will be discussed.

Urology perspective
Earl Chang (USA)

The pros and cons of early surgery in children with DSD will be explained. Technical considerations regarding early versus late surgery will be included in the discussion. The current approach to DSD surgery will be presented from a historical perspective.

Psychology perspective
Amy Wisniewski (USA)

In this lecture, insights in the psychosocial status of parents of young children with  ambiguous genitalia, before and after genitoplasty, will be offered, including the impact of surgical complications on parents’ psychosocial status, as well as the difficulty of determining an underlying etiology for some children with 46,XY DSD. Finally, cosmetic outcomes as determined by parents and surgeons, in relation to parents’ psychosocial status, will be considered.

Panel discussion/Q & A (25 minutes)

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

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Saturday 12 August 2017

"You shouldn't always talk about the surgeries!"

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Unfortunately still bears repeating (9):

Every time when I want to talk about IGM,
and in particular when I raise concerns
about the pain and suffering of IGM survivors
being used as a means to an end
for LGBT and gender politics,
my voice as an intersex person and IGM survivor
is drowned out, misrepresented and abused,
usually by somebody who is not an IGM survivor
cutting me off and changing the subject:

"And what about the 3rd gender? What about my identity?"

"You shouldn't always talk about the surgeries."

"You should better fight for the 3rd gender, and not for less."

"Stop always talking about the surgeries."

"Let's better talk about gender recognition."

"And what about discrimination?"

etc.

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

"Hiding the Clitoris": A new IGM Practice emerging from Britain

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity' Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIGM doctors are not stupid, they know their practice is increasingly in the spotlight, so they do what they can to muddy the waters and keep practicising.

A well known example is the good old "divide and conquer" by splitting intersex children in a) the big group of "boys and girls with a little problem we can fix surgically" vs. b) the small group of "DSD with a gender issue where we rarely do surgery anyway", which continues to be a major score for IGM doctors in keeping the practice in public university hospitals ongoing but hidden from public or political scrutiny.

Also IGM doctors are aware that whenever intersex surgery is discussed in public, clitoral surgery is the most controversial topic. Creative perpetrators from the UK now found a new way of falsifying the statistics to their advantage, and to hide genital mutilation of intersex children behind flowery "more acceptable" language like "Surgical operations which hide an enlarged clitoris" (also favoured by Amnesty London).

From the forthcoming 2017 CRPD UK NGO Report (PDF | DOC) by StopIGM.org, IntersexUK, The UK Intersex Association and Leslie Jaye:

2.  Additional Recent Evidence of the Ongoing Practice in the UK (2016-2017)

a) “Hiding the Clitoris”: A new IGM Practice emerging from Britain

“Hiding the Clitoris” is a comparatively new surgical practice on the rise in England wherein a cut around an “enlarged” clitoris is made and thereafter the clitoral hood is pulled over the clitoris and sewn close in order to “hide” the “enlarged” clitoris.

In clinics where this practice is performed, in official statistics it is not listed under clitoral surgery but under “vaginal reconstruction”, as doctors argue they would only cut around the clitoris. In fact, in some clinics where doctors distinguish between intersex girls with CAH who had or had not clitoral surgery, all in the group of “no clitoral surgery” still had this new form of “hiding the clitoris” done in infancy.

Despite that such a procedure on a “normal” girl would be considered as FGM and illegal in the UK, on “subhuman intersex girls” this practice is not only deemed acceptable but even declared by doctors as only “vaginal surgery”.

>>> 2017 CRPD UK NGO Report (PDF | DOC)

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

Thursday 10 August 2017

CEDAW67 Italy > Major Setback for Intersex Human Rights at UN :-(

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Since 2011, intersex human rights at the UN and particularly intersex and IGM survivors NGOs participating in UN Treaty body human rights mechanisms have been a ground-breaking success story.

So far, the UN Committees CRC, CAT, CRPD, CEDAW, and the HRCttee have issued 26 reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations to 16 complicit States, unmistakably condemning IGM as genital mutilation and a hamful practice, as cruel and inhuman treatment or torture, as a violation of the integrity of the person, as institutionalised violence and as unlawful human experimentation, calling for legislation to criminalise IGM and guarantee access to redress for victims.

What's more, UN Treaty bodies recognising the severe pain and suffering of IGM survivors and consistently reprimanding complicit states have in turn greatly increased public awareness of intersex human rights, and led to numerous positive statements by different international and national bodies and organisations.

However, after 2 1/2 particularly good years for intersex human rights with almost monthly new reprimands, now everything seems coming to a screeching halt ...

Intersex human rights at the UN under attack!  

"These days my most pressing concern is how our pain and suffering is constantly used as a means to an end for LGBT and gender politics, and how such misrepresentations seem to increasingly gain traction also at the UN."
   –  Daniela Truffer, CAT61 Informal Statement 26.07.2017

Currently, 

  • in UN Press releases and Summary records, intersex and IGM are inceasingly misrepresented as trans, LGBT and discrimination issues, for example IGM as "sex alignment surgeries", IGM survivors as "transsexual children", and intersex NGOs as "a group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex victims of discrimination and violence"

  • the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) during its last session did NO LONGER raise intersex and IGM under "harmful practices", but only under "health-care"

  • also in the latest Concluding observations (see below), CEDAW did NO LONGER raise intersex and IGM under "harmful practices", but instead only issued recommendations regarding "health-care", proposing 'self-regulation' of IGM by the current perpetrators including the Ministry of Health and health-care providers developing a "health-care protocol for intersex children"but NO LONGER calling for legislation to eliminate IGM and to ensure access to redress and justice for IGM survivors like in previous recommendations!

This is a major setback for intersex human rights at the UN,

fueled not only by the constant denial and pinkwashing of IGM by State parties, but also by often big-money LGBT NGOs and agencies including Amnesty London, EU-FRA, UNFE New York – and countless others – constantly misrepresenting intersex and IGM as "LGBT", "discrimination" and "health-care" issues, while conveniently failing to recognise that intersex and IGM first and foremost constitute genital mutilation, a harmful practice, cruel and inhuman treatment, and other serious violations of non-derogable human rights, and MUST be addressed accordingly.

Also beyond the latest CEDAW Concluding observations (see below), this is a serious threat to intersex human rights, which may rather sooner than later spell their very end not only at the UN.

This is a wake-up call!

If intersex and IGM are no longer reognised by UN Treaty bodies as cruel and inhuman treatment, harmful practice, institutionalised violence, etc., this will have serious and far-reaching consequences for all intersex people everywhere – and in particular for intersex children at risk of being submitted to IGM.

So, if you care about intersex human rights, and if you don't want intersex children to continue to be mutilated every day, stop looking the other way when voices of IGM survivors are misrepresented or drowned out, and the pain and suffering of IGM survivors is used for third party interests. Thank you!

CEDAW67: Intersex (Non-)Recommendations for Italy

StopIGM.org regrets that the Committee, after having issued 5 Concluding observations on intersex and IGM under "harmful practices" to France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, and Ireland, in its latest recommendations to Italy now considers non-consensual, unnecessary genital surgeries on intersex children as a "health issue" instead. We maintain that Intersex Genital Mutilations are NOT "health-care" or "different opinions", and hope that in the future the Committee will again consider intersex and IGM under art. 5 "harmful practices".

>>> CEDAW/C/ITA/CO/7, on intersex: paras 41 (e) + 42 (e), p. 13 (PDF) 

"Health

41.    The Committee is concerned about:

         […]

         (e)    The fact that intersex children are subjected to irreversible surgery for intersex variation and other medical treatments without their free and informed consent.

42.    The Committee, recalling its general recommendation No. 24 (1999) on women and health, recommends that the State party:

         […]

         (e)    Develop and implement a rights-based health-care protocol for intersex children, ensuring that children and their parents are appropriately informed of all options; that children are involved, to the greatest extent possible, in decision-making about medical interventions and that their choices are respected; and that no child is subjected to unnecessary surgery or treatment."
     

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Italy: 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Italy• Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (650 kb)

>>> CEDAW Timeline Italy 2017
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>> CEDAW67 > Claudia Balsamo's Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Italy
>>>
CEDAW67 UN Press Release on NGO Briefing english | français
>>> VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Italy Questioned over IGM by CEDAW – Gov Denies

>>> CRPD18 > Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups

See also:
26 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Saturday 29 July 2017

"Circular No. 7": A step back for intersex human rights in Chile

Ministry of Health Chile: “Circular No. 7 of 23. Aug 2016 complementing Circular No. 18"

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After Chile was reprimanded for Intersex Genital Mutilations by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in October 2015, in December the Chilean Ministry of Health issued a "Circular No. 18" aimed at combatting IGM practices.

Sadly, despite that in spring 2016 Chile was additionally reprimanded also by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for IGM, on 23.08.2016 the Chilean Ministry of Health issued their new "Circular No. 7" wich turned out to be a major step back undoing most of the (anyway small) advances of the earlier "Circular No. 18".

Kudos to Laura Inter and Hana Aoi of "Brújula Intersexual" who recently published an analysis of this deplorable step back by Chile:
>>> English summary and links to documents incl. translated Circulars
>>> Extensive full article in english (PDF) 

May this dangerous precedent serve as a timely reminder of why "self regulation" by doctors and health ministries (as e.g. advocated by Amnesty London) won't stop IGM, and neither will toothless laws without actual consequences for both perpetrators and accessories like in Malta.

Adequately sanctioning or criminalizing IGM is key!

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Friday 28 July 2017

UNCAT61 > Ireland Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committee against Torture (CAT) - Gov Denies Yet Again!

>>> UNCAT61 > Testimony by Gavan Coleman to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Ireland
>>>
CAT61 Timeline Ireland 2017

UN-CAT 61st Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 26.07.2017: Getting ready ...
(bottom right corner: Committee expert Ms. Racu who asked a question on IGM)
#CATIreland  #UNCAT61  #NoMoreTortureIreland

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

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At the 61st Session of the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), Ireland is being questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations, with the Committee experts for Ireland, Ms. Gaer and Ms. Racu, both raising IGM in Ireland yesterday.

Today the Irish delegation has to reply to those questions during the 2nd Session on Ireland, 27.07.2017 15:00–18:00h CET.

StopIGM.org will be reporting LIVE from Palais Wilson! The session should also be livestreamed on webtv.un.org (during the 1st session yesterday, due to technical problems the transmission was audio only.)

Session 2, Fri 28.07.2017, 15–18h CET

14:52h: Committee members and the Irish delegation are arriving, the livestream is back on! Today the Irish Delegation will have to answer to yesterday's questions ...

15:03h: Session is on, Head of Delegation David Stanton, Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, Department of Justice and Equality kicking off ... announces statistics will be delivered in writing later (to be published on the Committee's session homepage) ... Michael Donnellan of the Irish Prison Service starts answering ...

15:27h: Answers re: mental health now up ... followed by answers on the ex-gratia scheme for survivors of symphysiotomy ...

15:34h: Sarah Rose Flynn, Assistant Principal Officer, International Research and Policy Unit of the Department of Health (non-)answers on intersex genital mutilation! Allegedly only 2-3 children with ambiguous genitalia are born in Ireland, and all are treated in Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin (Dublin). Surgery would only be done when medically necessary and after an unanimous decision of the multidisciplinary and parents. Every 3 months there's a meeting with paediatricians also from other Irish clinics and with a consultant from Great Ormons Street Children's Hospital (London).
Besides the last item, the (non-)answer was pretty much copy/pasted from last time at CEDAW ... And the (non-)answer completely ignores the question of implementation of CRC and CEDAW recommendations, completely ignores the evidence of IGM1 “hypospadias repair” also being perpetrated at the University hospitals of Cork and Tallaght (see NGO Report, PDF p. 10), completely ignores the question on children being sent abroad, as admitted to by Crumlin's Dr Costigan in in the case of “more complicated rare surgeries” in a report in the Irish Examiner [WARNING: Grossly misleading and inappropriate pictures], makes excuses regarding data collection and statistics, and generally denies the responsability of the Irish state ... :-( :-( :-( Transcript to follow ...

16:38h: The last answers of first round, regarding police force ...

16:46h: Follow-up questions by CAT co-rapporteur Ms. Felice Gaer ... psychiatric system ... Magdalene laundries ...Commission of investigations act ... baby homes ... symphysiotomy ... 8th Amendment ... medically unnecessary interventions during childbirth ... symphysiotomy and consent ... permission to leave to land ...

17:00h: Follow-up questions by CAT co-rapporteur Ms. Ana Racu ...training of law enforcement officers ... training for medical personnel, Istambul Convention ... national preventive mechanism ... prison overcrowding, particilarly Mormont and Limerick ...medical services in prisons ... prisoners with psychological issues ... remand prisoners ... juveniles in detention, solitary confinement, violence ... prison complaint mechanism ... 

17:13h: Follow-up questions by other Committee members ...

17:30h: Intermission ... there were no follow-up questions on intersex ...

17:41h: Session resumes after short intermission with additional aswers by Delegation members ...

18:01h: CAT chairperson Modvig concludes the session.

Session 1, Thu 27.07.2017, 10–13h CET

ca. 11:20h: YAY!! CAT expert on Ireland Ms. Felice Gaer raises involuntary surgery on intersex children, asks about implementation of previous CRC and CEDAW recommendations. :-) Transcript to follow.

ca. 12:25h: YAY!! CAT expert on Ireland Ms. Ana Racu raises “intersex genital mutilation”, aks about data collection disaggregated by type of IGM and age, and about plans to legislate against the practice. :-) Transcript to follow.

>>> UNCAT61 > Testimony by Gavan Coleman to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Ireland
>>>
CAT61 Timeline Ireland 2017

NGO Report to the 2nd Report of Ireland
on the Convention against Torture (CAT)

 
>>>  Download (PDF 250 kb)

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

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Thursday 27 July 2017

UNCAT61 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Ireland

Gavan Coleman (centre), with Daniela Truffer (right) and Markus Bauer (left), after testifying to IGM in Ireland to the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), Geneva 26.07.2017

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

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At the 61st Session of the UN Committee against Torture, before Ireland was questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations, NGOs had the possibility to brief CAT in closed briefings.

Read below the 1.25-minutes oral statement by Irish intersex advocate and IGM survivor Gavan Coleman:
>>> Download as PDF (75kb)

 

StopIGM.org
NGO Oral Statement CAT61 Ireland, 26.07.2017

Gavan Coleman

I'm an Irish intersex person. As a child I had surgery on my groin and scrotum, where I still have scars.

At 18 I was pressured to consent to a mastectomy, without having been fully informed.

In comparison to many of my peers, I still consider myself lucky, I can still enjoy sex and don't have recurring pain.

Intersex children are subjected to involuntary, unnecessary genital surgeries and other procedures that would be considered inhumane on other children.

In Ireland, Intersex Genital Mutilations continue to be advocated and paid for by the public Health Service Executive (HSE). [1]

Paediatricians publicly admit to performing involuntary surgeries, or sending children to England. [2]

This Committee [3] has repeatedly considered such acts as ill-treatment in health-care settings, as did the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture [4] and the Special Rapporteur on Torture. [5]

Ireland has already been recommended by CRC [6] to prevent non-consensual unnecessary treatments on intersex children, and to adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress.

The State party fails to do so.

We therefore respectfully ask the Committee to raise this issue and to sternly remind Ireland of its obligations under the Convention articles 2, 6, 10, and 14, and General Comments No. 2 and 3.

Thank you.

[1]  2017 CAT Ireland NGO Report, p. 8-10, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CAT-Ireland-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM.pdf
[2]  Irish Examiner, “What happens when a child is born intersex in Ireland?”, 04.11.2016, Cover story, p. 7-9
[3]  CAT/C/DEU/CO/5, para 20; CAT/C/CHE/CO/7, para 20, CAT/C/AUT/CO/6, paras 44-45; CAT/C/DNK/CO/6-7, paras 42-43; CAT/C/CHN-HKG/CO/4-5, paras 28-29; CAT/C/FRA/CO/7, paras 32-33
[4]  End violence and harmful medical practices on intersex children and adults, UN and regional experts urge, 24.10.2016, http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20739&LangID=E
[5]  Ibid.; A/HRC/22/53, 01.02.2013, paras 77, 76
[6]  CRC/C/IRL/CO/3-4, paras 39-40

>>> CAT61 Timeline Ireland 2017

NGO Report to the 2nd Report of Ireland
on the Convention against Torture (CAT)

 
>>>  Download (PDF 250 kb)

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

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Tuesday 25 July 2017

CEDAW67 > VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Italy Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Women's Rights Committee – Gov Denies

>>> CEDAW67 > Claudia Balsamo's Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Italy
>>>
Cedaw Timeline Italy 2017

UN-CEDAW 67th Session @ Palais des Nations, Geneva 04.07.2017: Getting ready ...
#CEDAWItaly   #UNCEDAW67

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookItaly was up for review of IGM practices at the 67th session
of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 
Tue 4 July 10:00-13:00h CET + 15:00-18:00h CET.

The livestream is archived here: Session 1 | Session 2

StopIGM.org reported LIVE from Palais des Nations , hoping for strong questions on IGM practices:

CEDAW 67 Italy Intersex Q&A: Transcript + Video

Session 1, Thu 04.07.2017, 15–18h CET

Under CEDAW art. 5 (harmful practices), and also else during the 1st session, unfortunately no questions on intersex were asked ... :-( :-( :-(

Session 2, Thu 04.07.2017, 15–18h CET

16:03h: (Video english | original (spanish) @ 1:02:51) YAY!!    CEDAW Task Force Italy expert Magalys Arocha Dominguez raises IGM together with forced sterislisation on Roma women :-) (but unfortunately calls IGM “the practice to have sex change corrections early in life when the situation might still be unclear”). :-/
Unofficial Transcript (UN simultaneous translation from original Spanish):

«And a final and last question relates to the existence of specialised services with sufficient methodological and practical guides and regular inspection, concerning these services being offered above all for Roma women and migrant women located in the country, women with disabilities, lesbians and transsexuals in specific areas which might be very sensitive, as it's the case for example regarding the area of reproductive and sexual health or indeed operations to prevent reproduction to women with disabilities and Roma women. How does the state prevent that kind of practice in both in normative and practical way, [1:03:38] and also the practice to have sex change corrections early in life when the situation might still be unclear. Thank you.»

(The Italian Delegation then didn't answer the bit on IGM.)

16:58h: (Video english) @ 1:58:28) YAY!!   Less than 90 seconds before the end of the session, CEDAW expert Particia Schulz is eventually allowed a follow-up question, spelling out intersex children, harmful practices and legislation to end IGM, and raising the CEDAW/CRC Joint General Recomm. “on harmful practices”! :-)
Unofficial Transcript:

«Thank you very much Madam Chair for allowing a last question on my side. I refer to the question asked by Miss Arocha concerning corrective surgeries which is medically unnecessary very often and irreversible surgery and other medical treatment performed on intersex children, not with the consent of the persons themselves or their parents. These interventions are now seen more and more by a number of UN human rights bodies as a violation of the right to health as well a form of harmful practice according to the Joint General Recommendation this Committee and the Committee on the Rights of the Child developed. So my question: Do you plan to adopt legislation to protect the bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination of intersex persons, maybe by criminalising these interventions when unnecessary, and to provide for compensation for those who underwent those measures without their free prior and informed consent? Thank you.»

(The session goes into extra time.)

17:00h: (Video english | original (italian) @ 1:59:49) Italian Delegate Assunta Morresi (Ministry of Health) issues the usual denials, allegedly only “very few” mutilations and only for medical reasons with allegedly “no data or indication of forced interventions”, parent's consent allegedly sufficient, but if wished by the doctors (!!!) they would be open for “discussions” ... :-(
Unofficial Transcript (UN simultaneous translation from original Italian):

«This kind of surgery is very limited, there have been 9 surgical operations between the years of 0 and 9 in 2015, and all these interventions have taken into account medical requirements. And of course we need the informed consent of the parents or of a tutor. So far we had not had any data or indication of forced interventions. Everything has taken place case by case according to medical indications and with consent. If scientific societies believe that it is necessary to have a discussion on this the ministry of course will be available.»

17:01h: (Video english) @ 2:01:01) CEDAW expert Particia Schulz follows up, explains parents cannot ‘consent’ to IGM! :-)
Unofficial Transcript:

«Yes, actually, more and more the discussion is that parents cannot consent to such interventions because of the gravity they have and the consequences that are lifelong. So the child suffers during the childhood and may suffer during the whole adulthood. So this is a question that I think should be adressed in view of these considerations. Thank you very much.»

(There was no follow-up answer by Italy.)

17:04h: Chairperson Dalia Leinarte closes the session.

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This was way too close for comfort, as in UN Treaty body mechanisms there is the iron-cast rule, “no questions during the review, no recommendations”. Even more worrying however is the fact that the issue was only raised under art. 10 “healthcare”, and NOT under art. 5 “harmful practices”, and that obviously at the UN the harmful misconception persists, intersex and more specifically would be about “sex change”, and generally a trans or LGBT issue, a harmful prejudice that is constantly fueled at the UN (and elswhere) by big money LGBT NGOs and agencies including Amnesty London, EU-FRA and UNFE New York, and which may rather sooner than later spell the end of intersex human rights at the UN! Nonetheless, let's hope for strong Concluding observations for Italy under art. 5, due at the end of the 67th CEDAW session ...

>>> CEDAW67 > Claudia Balsamo's Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Italy
>>>
CEDAW67 Italy: UN Press Release on NGO Briefing english | français
>>>
Cedaw Timeline Italy 2017

2017 CEDAW Italy NGO Intersex IGM

NGO Report to the 7th Report of Italy on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

>>>  Download (PDF 650 kb)

 
Compiled by:
Claudia Balsamo
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Saturday 22 July 2017

“Inferior”, “Abnormal”, “Deformed”: Intersex, IGM and the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD)

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

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The following is an excerpt from an NGO submission by StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
>>> fulltext DOC (83 kb) | PDF (102 kb
for a Study on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls with disabilities (more info), to be presented at the upcoming 72nd session of the UN General Assembly starting on 12 September .

4. “Inferior”, “Abnormal”, “Deformed”: Intersex, IGM and the CRPD

Individual doctors, national and international medical bodies, public and private healthcare providers have traditionally been framing and “treating” intersex variations as a form of disability in need to be “cured” surgically, often with racist, eugenic and suprematist undertones.  [10] [11] [12] [13]

It is important to note that Intersex is an umbrella term for many diverse variations and “diagnoses”, of which only a few specific and comparatively rare conditions represent an immediate medical situation or impairment, notably Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) in the salt-losing form which constitutes a vital (metabolical) medical need for daily hormone substitution of lacking cortisol – however, this does NOT constitute a need for genital surgeries!

Nonetheless, doctors persistently use this specific exception as a justification for imposing unnecessary genital surgery and other treatments on ALL persons with variations of sex anatomy to “fix” them. [14]

Thus, as a result of having been submitted to IGM practices, most intersex people have actual physical and psychological impairments and medical needs (chronic pain, loss of sexual sensibility, lifelong psychological trauma, metabolic problems, and need for daily hormone substitution after castration, etc.). Many can’t work anymore, and live in poverty due to persistent barriers preventing them from full and effective participation in society on an equal basis as well as from the full enjoyment of all human rights, including their rights to physical integrity and self-determination, their rights to freedom from violence, harmful practices and torture or ill-treatment, their rights to the best attainable standard of health, and their rights to justice, redress and compensation. For example in Germany, many IGM survivors are officially recognised as “disabled” due to the consequences of IGM. [15]

On top, both IGM survivors and intersex persons having escaped surgery are facing (fear of) stigmatisation, ostracism and rejection by modern society because of their (sometimes) “unusual appearance”, compounded by doctors’ constant conjuring up the birth of an intersex child as a “psycho-social emergency” and qualifying it as a “Disorder” in need of urgent involuntary “treatment”.

Accordingly, the easier an intersex trait can be tested prenatally, the higher the (selective) abortion rates, [16] most intersex diagnoses are listed as permissible for deselection in State sponsored preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) guidelines [17], and e.g. in Switzerland IGM practices are paid for by the Federal Disability Insurance. [18]

In consequence, intersex persons and organisations are applying the social model of disability to devise strategies in their fight for bodily integrity and recognition as fully human beings, often in collaboration with disability groups. As Jay Hayes-Light of UKIA, an IGM survivor as well as wheelchair user (due to an accident not related with his intersex condition) puts it: [19]

“Medical practitioners view intersex as something that needs to be fixed. We are regarded as deformed, somehow in deficit anatomically, and therefore the way to fix it is to cobble us together into what they deem to be an acceptable format, instead of allowing us to exist in society.”

[10] 2014 CRC NGO Report, p. 52, 69, 84, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2014-CRC-Swiss-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM_v2.pdf

[11] In the WHO “World Atlas of Birth Defects (2nd Edition)”, many intersex diagnoses are listed, including “indeterminate sex” and “hypospadias”: http://web.archive.org/web/20160305152127/http://prenatal.tv/lecturas/world%20atlas%20of%20birth%20defects.pdf

[12] “The Racist Roots of Intersex Genital Mutilations” http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/Racist-Roots-of-Intersex-Genital-Mutilations-IGM

[13] For 500 years of “scientific” prejudice in a nutshell, see 2016 CEDAW France NGO Report, p. 7, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2016-CEDAW-France-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM.pdf

[14] This excuse constitutes also the historic root for imposing systematic unnecessary early surgeries, see 2014 CRC NGO report, p. 54–56 http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2014-CRC-Swiss-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM_v2.pdf

[15] For example in Germany, see 2015 CRPD Germany NGO Report, p. 16, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2015-CRPD-LoI-Germany_NGO-Report_Zwischengeschlecht_Intersex-IGM.doc

[16] For stats and references, see “Selective Intersex Abortions: XXY 74%, Indeterminate Sex 47%, Hypospadias 2%”, http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/Selective-Intersex-Abortions-Hypospadias-Intersex-XXY

[17] For example in the UK, see http://guide.hfea.gov.uk/pgd/ [Note: The HFEA homepage is under reconstruction, currently the list can be found at https://www.hfea.gov.uk/pgd-conditions/], See also 2014 CRC NGO Report, p. 76, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2014-CRC-Swiss-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM_v2.pdf

[18] See 2014 CRC NGO Report, p. 76, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2014-CRC-Swiss-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM_v2.pdf

[19] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/02/male-and-female-what-is-it-like-to-be-intersex

2017 SR Disability Intersex IGM

Intersex, IGM and CRPD: 2017 Submission to SR Disability
Sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls with disabilities
IGM and CRPD  Harmful Stereotypes and Prejudice  Harmful Practice
>>> Download DOC (83 kb) | PDF (102 kb)

2017 CRPD PSWG NGO Intersex IGM

IGM Practices in the UK: 2017 NGO Report to CRPD
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM and CRPD  UK & NHS violating Human Rights  Right to Integrity

>>> Download DOC (486 kb) | PDF (254 kb)  

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

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

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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 16 July 2017

"eUROG€N": More €U Millions for Intersex Genital Mutilators (1)

Click to enlarge!   (Picture from “eUROG€N” self-presentation, PDF)

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State-sponsored Intersex Genital Mutilation stays in business – (not only) allover the EU and associated states.
“ERNs”
or “European Reference Networks” are the next batch of €uro millions over the next 5 years to practice and proliferate IGM, paid out to the usual international consortium of Intersex Genital Mutilators represented mainly in the 2 ERNs, “eUROG€N” or “Network Urogenital Diseases”, and “Endo-€RN” (more soon), as well as their regional trade organisations including ESPU, ESPE, ESE and EAU

>>> “eUROG€N” self-presentation March 2017 (PDF)
>>>
3rd conference on European Reference Networks, Vilnius, 9 March 2017 
>>> Open Letter by Persons Concerned, Partners, Families, Friends and Allies (PDF) with 92 101 signatories to 'I-DSD', 'DSDnet', 'eUROGEN', 'Endo-ERN', 'DSD-Life' and Affiliates including 115 EU-funded IGM clinics in 27 countries.

“The ERN initiative receives support from several EU funding programmes, including the Health Programme, the Connecting Europe Facility and Horizon 2020.”ERN 2017 Brochure (PDF), p.8

This renewed €uro injection comes timely for the IGM perpetrators, as current funding vehicles “D$Dnet” and “D$D-Life” will expire in 2018, same as predecessors “EuroD$D” and “Netzwerk D$D/Intersexualität” earlier. From early on, both the “European Association of Urology (EAU)” and the “European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE)” have been actively involved in securing this funding.

(Meanwhile in the States, 'to keep pace with' these EU 'advances in basic and clinical DSD research', the NIH keeps funding a similar 'D$D Transnational Research Network' for U.S. mutilators – as do other public bodies in other regions, too.)

“eUROG€N Work Stream 1” includes all of the most frequent forms of IGM practices.

The paeditaric urologists of “eUROG€N” represent the most prominent speciality of paediatric surgeons actually wielding the knife in IGM practices and, together with their buddies, the paediatric endocrinologists, they are the main culprits in the “interdisciplinary groups” leading the systematic practice since 1950.

“eUROG€N Work Stream 2” includes further “rare conditions” and “highly specialised” surgical “reconstructions”, and is led by a notorious public advocate and perpetrator of IGM practices, from a public University Hospital which has been a notorious advocate and perpetrator of IGM practices for over 60 years, and both the hospital and Prof Fisch tried in vain to pressure intersex activists including Zwischengeschlecht.org to take down posts denouncing them as genital mutilators. (Picture: “eUROG€N” self-presentation, PDF)

Compared to the more “purist” approach of precursor funding vehicles “DSDnet” and “DSD-Life”, as well as predecessors “EuroDSD” and “Netzwerk DSD/Intersexualität”, “eUROGEN” does its best to muddy the waters by also including non-DSD-related actual medical issues like for example penile and abdominal cancer in the “eUROGEN Work Stream 3” (as does “Endo-ERN” by including “Gender Dysphoria” and “Disorders of sex maturation (DSM)”), leading to some perpetrators lamenting less generous funding.

“MoH of Lithuania”, “European Commission”, “Under the Auspices of Malta EU 2017”:
Logos displayed at the 2017 €RN “Kick-Off” Conference in Vilnius (Official Report, PDF)

Nonetheless, this “camouflage” still seems to work wonders on willing politician accomplices, as demonstrated amongst others by the Maltese Health Minister publicly welcoming this public funding of IGM perpetrators and practices this spring (despite that IGM is – at least on paper – prohibited in Malta), and the Maltese Member of the ERM Board of Member States (BoMS) in her presentation (PDF, p. 6) unwillingly highlighted the quite common State practice (particularly within the Comonwealth) of sending intersex children “overseas” for IGM, by underlining Malta's long “special” relationship with notorious IGM perpetrator “Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH)” in London.

How much longer?!!

>>> Open Letter by Persons Concerned, Partners, Families, Friends and Allies (PDF) with 92 101 signatories to 'I-DSD', 'DSDnet', 'eUROGEN', 'Endo-ERN', 'DSD-Life' and Affiliates including 115 EU-funded IGM clinics in 27 countries.

>>> EU Parliament condemns IGM, calls "to prevent, ban and prosecute"

>>> EU: Biggest funder of IGM - how much longer?! 
>>>
'D$Dnet' – EU Millions for IGM Perpetrators
>>>
‘D$D-Life’ – The Global IGM Cartel Explained 

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

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

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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 11 July 2017

CCPR120 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Switzerland

Daniela Truffer testifying to IGM in Switzerland to the UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee), Geneva 03.07.2017

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

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At the 120th Session of the UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) as the Treaty body monitoring implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR), before Switzerland was questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations, NGOs had the possibility to brief the HRCttee in a closed meeting.

Read below the 5-minutes oral statement by Swiss intersex advocate and IGM survivor Daniela Truffer:  >>> PDF (103 kb) 
 

StopIGM.org – STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations
NGO Oral Statement CCPR 120 Switzerland, 03.07.2017

Daniela Truffer

Thank you, Chair

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

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

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

At seven they cut my genital to make me look more like a girl, allegedly with my consent. Today they probably would make a boy out of me, by even more surgeries.

The doctors always lied to me and my parents. I spent my life in fear, pain and shame. I couldn't talk to anybody.

Only at 35 I discovered that I am not alone and that there are self-help groups.

At 42, I was lucky to obtain my medical records, but only after a long hassle, and with statutes of limitations long expired.

I still suffer from periodical pain between my legs, hypersensitivity, and painful scars.

I did ten years of psychoanalytic therapy, otherwise I wouldn‘t be here now.

While all surgeries were paid for in full by the State, for the psychotherapy I had to pay a third by myself.

As substantiated in our 2017 NGO report, [1] in Switzerland all forms of Intersex Genital Mutilations are still perpetrated with impunity, paid for by the Swiss federal Disability Insurance, while adequate psychosocial support is still not available.

However, the Swiss State party can no longer in good faith claim ignorance of the severity of the human rights violations perpetrated against intersex children.

In 2012, the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK-CNE), having been tasked by the Swiss Federal Government, recommended a legal review into
   1. prohibiting the practice
   2. ensuring access to redress andc ompensation, and
   3. to provide access to free counselling.

In 2015 and 2016 Concluding observations CRC, CAT and CEDAW recognised IGM in Switzerland to constitute ill-treatment and a harmful practice, and explicitly obliged the State party to take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to implement above Ethics Commission recommendations.

However, despite in the 2016 State report to this Committee for the first time acknowledging that IGM practices have been “denounced [...] by the Federal Parliament and Council as well as by the National Ethics Commission”, and in a Federal Council statement on the Ethics Commission recommendations further acknowledging that IGM practices result in “considerable consequential damage and severe suffering”, to this day the Swiss State party undeviatingly refuses to take effective measures, but instead counterfactually claims,

  • IGM practices would only be “approved for between one and three children per year of birth”,
  • IGM practices would be strictly a thing of the “past”,
  • the recommendations of the Ethics Commission would all be “already implemented or in the process of being implemented”,
  • however “free psychosocial support” for persons and families concerned would be “impossible” to finance. [2]

Accordingly, in 2017 votes on a petition by our NGO, both the Council of the State [3] and the National Council [4] refused to legislate against IGM practices, referring to above counterfactual claims. Although both chambers conceded that “premature unnecessary” genital surgery “constitutes a violation of the right to physical integrity”, they nonetheless claimed, “We believe medical professionals are nowadays sufficiently sensitised to the issue and only undertake such interventions when they are justified.” [5]

However, the true state of awareness of the medical profession is illustrated by a current “review” of the medical practice at the Zurich University Children's Hospital funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, [6] where the so called “interdisciplinary team” in charge consists mostly of doctors actively involved in today's treatments while persons concerned are not represented, enabling the Hospital to destroy about 80% of its historic medical files on IGM practices, including those of a member of the self-help group, [7] thus depriving him of his last chance to ever learn what exactly was done to him at at the Department of Surgery when he was five. [8]

We therefore hope the Committee will ask the Swiss delegation tough questions on IGM, and will sternly remind Switzerland of its obligations under the Covenant, art. 7 and 24, and the general comment No. 20.

Thank you.

[1]  2017 CRPD Swiss NGO Report, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CCPR-Swiss-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM.pdf
[2]  ibid., B.3.a), p. 7-8
[3]  Vote of 16.03.2017, https://www.parlament.ch/de/ratsbetrieb/amtliches-bulletin/amtliches-bulletin-die-verhandlungen?SubjectId=39798
[4]  Vote of 16.06.2017, https://www.parlament.ch/de/ratsbetrieb/amtliches-bulletin/amtliches-bulletin-die-verhandlungen?SubjectId=40660 
[5]  Report of the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Council (LAC-N, 06.04.2017 recommending [rejection]), p. 2 https://www.parlament.ch/centers/kb/Documents/2015/Kommissionsbericht_RK-N_15.2043_2017-04-06.pdf
[6]  http://www.snf.ch/en/researchinFocus/newsroom/Pages/news-161010-press-release-reviewing-the-treatment-of-differences-of-sex-development.aspx
[7]  Case No. 1 in the 2017 CCPR Swiss NGO Report, p. 18
[8]   See 2017 CAT LoIPR Swiss NGO Report, A.5., p. 9, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CAT-LoIPR-Swiss-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM.pdf

>>> Bearing witness to IGM: UN-CEDAW67 Italy + CCPR120 Switzerland
>>> UN Press release on intersex Q&A during the review of Switzerland

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

>>> Download as PDF (809 kb)

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

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 9 July 2017

CEDAW67 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Italy

>>> italiano 

Claudia Balsamo (left), with Daniela Truffer, after testifying to IGM in Italy to the
UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW),
Geneva 03.07.2017

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAt the 67th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), before Italy was questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations, NGOs had the possibility to brief CEDAW (>>> podcast of the entire briefing).

Read below the 2-minutes oral statement by Italian intersex advocate and IGM survivor Claudia Balsamo:
>>> PDF (77kb
  >>> Video (@ 9:10 min)
 

StopIGM.org
NGO Oral Statement CEDAW67 Italy, 03.07.2017

Claudia Balsamo

Thank you, Madame Chair

When I was born in 1960, I looked like a girl, but after a year my mother noticed I had atypical genitalia.

Countless exams by different doctors followed. At four they opened my abdomen and found normal testes.

When I was eleven, they removed my testes and cut my clitoris.

Due to the removal of parts of my clitoris and scarring, it's really hard for me to achieve orgasm.

Since 1985 I tried to obtain my medical records, but I was always refused on grounds of “professional secrecy”.

Only after my father died, in 2007 I found some documents in his desk, but then it was too late, and statutes of limitations had long expired.

To this day, I still see a psychologist to deal with all this, which I have to pay for out of my own pocket.

As shown in our report [1], in Italy all forms of Intersex Genital Mutilation persist, paid for by the state.

Doctors openly boast in the media about a large increase in surgeries [2], the National DSD Study Group openly advocates the practice [3], and Italian clinics collaborate with European projects promoting involuntary interventions [4].

These violations have been repeatedly brought to the attention of the State [5], and Italy has already been reprimanded by CRPD [6] for permitting IGM to continue.

Nonetheless, the State party fails to explicitly prohibit by law and adequately sanction or criminalise the practice.

Thank you.

[1]  2017 CEDAW Italy NGO Report, see Annexe 2, p. 23-28, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CEDAW- Italy-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM.pdf
[2]  ibid., see A.8., p. 13-14
[3]  Gruppo di Studie It-DSD (2015), “Differenze dello sviluppo del sesso”, p. 4, http://www.gruppodistudio-it-dsd.org/diffsvilup/1_ntroduzione_overview.pdf
[4]  StopIGM.org (2017), “Open Letter of Concern to 6th I-DSD 2017, DSDnet, eUROGEN, Endo-ERN, DSD-Life and Affiliates”, http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/public/Open_Letter_I-DSD_Copenhagen_2017.pdf
[5]  2017 CEDAW Italy NGO Report, see A.8., p. 13-14
[6]  CRPD/C/ITA/CO/1, paras 45-46

>>> Bearing witness to IGM: UN-CEDAW67 Italy + CCPR120 Switzerland
>>> CEDAW67 Italy: UN Press Release on NGO Briefing english | français
>>> CEDAW67 Italy: Video Session 2 @ 1:58h

2017 CEDAW Italy NGO Intersex IGM

NGO Report to the 7th Report of Italy on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

>>>  Download (PDF 650 kb)

 
Compiled by:
Claudia Balsamo
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Thursday 6 July 2017

Pinkwashing of Intersex Genital Mutilations at the UN - CCPR120

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

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When questioned over IGM practices at the UN, complicit States regularly deny the ongoing practice, then try to change the topic by switching to LGBT, SOGI, discrimination, civil registration language and issues instead – as can once more be observed in the following account of the intersex Q&A of Switzerland at the 120th Session of the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) taken from the >>> corresponding UN press release:

(And yes, Switzerland is yet another State directly financing the ongoing genital mutilations of its intersex children – via the "Swiss Federal Disability Insurance (IV)" considering intersex as a "Birth Defect" no less, see NGO Report p. 8-10)

« Questions by Committee Experts

What was the position of the State party on the so-called corrective surgery on intersex children?

Replies by the Delegation

The Swiss anti-discrimination law did not have a special provision on sexual orientation and gender identity, but that would soon change. The draft bill tried to ensure that anyone speaking against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons was criminally liable. As for the Government’s attitude regarding surgery on intersex children, it believed that surgery should not take place unless it was absolutely necessary from the medical point of view. The civil registry could be modified with respect to sex changes.

Second Round of Questions by Experts

What were the practical steps taken by the State party to raise awareness among medical practitioners and the general public in order to prevent unnecessary genital reassignment surgery?

Replies by the Delegation

Switzerland was concerned about the issue of reconstructive surgery for intersex children. There had so far not been a case of reparations with respect to sexual reassignment surgery. »

How much longer?!

>>> Bearing witness to IGM @ CCPR120 Switzerland + CEDAW67 Italy

>>> CCPR120 UN Press release english | français 
>>> Video Session 1
| Session 2   

>>> CEDAW67 UN Press Release on NGO Briefing english | français 
>>> Video Session 2 @ 1:58h 

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

>>> Download as PDF (809 kb)

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

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Italy: «All forms of intersex genital mutilation persist, paid for by the State»

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> UN press release, 13.07.2017:
« A representative of StopIGM.org provided the testimony of a person exposed to intersex genital mutilation as a child and said that all forms of intersex genital mutilation persisted in Italy, paid for by the State.  Doctors openly boasted in the media about a large increase in surgeries, while the national institutions openly advocated the practice.  Italy still failed to explicitly prohibit by law and adequately sanction or criminalize the practice. »

>>> July 2017: UN-CEDAW and HRCttee investigate IGM in Italy and Switzerland

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Italy: 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Italy• Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (650 kb)

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