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Wednesday 24 August 2016

Paris, Sept 09-12 > Intersex Protests + Info vs. 'ESPE 2016' + 'Hôpital Robert Debré' + 'Haute Autorité de Santé' Genital Mutilators

Photo: Nonviolent Intersex Protest + Open Letters, Opening Day of 'ESPE 9th Joint Meeting', Milano 19.09.2013

• INFO NIGHT Fri 09.09.  t.b.c.
• 5 NONVIOLENT PROTESTS Sat 10. - Mon 12.9.
(Details below)

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

Intersex Genital Mutilators from allover the world and their peers will flock to Paris for the '55th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE)'.
StopIGM.org has obtained autorisation for peaceful static protests outside 'ESPE', as well as in front of a public children's clinic mocking human rights, and of the public 'High Authority of Health' prescribing clitoris amputations on intersex children in France "during the first months of life".

France has already been reprimanded 3 times for IGM by the UN – but the daily mutilations just continue. Please share widely to help reminding the perpetrators and their accessories that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!

INFO NIGHT: Fri 09.09.2016  t.b.c.     
"Intersex Genital Mutilations – Past and Present"
 

5 PEACEFUL VIGILS + OPEN LETTERS: Sat 10th - Mon 12th
"STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations!"

Saturday 10.09.2016
#1: 07:30-11:30    'ESPE 2016' (main entrance)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris
#2: 13:00-17:00    'Hôpital Robert Debré' (main entrance)
      48 Boulevard Sérurier, 75019 Paris

Sunday 11.09.2016
#3: 07:30-17:00    'ESPE 2016' (main entrance)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris

Monday 12.09.2016
#4: 09:00-12:30    'Haute Autorité de Santé HAS' (main entrance)
      5 avenue du Stade de France, 93218 Saint-Denis la Plaine Cedex
#5: 14:00-18:30    'ESPE 2016' (main entrance)
      Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris

SAVE THE DATES – More info soon ...

>>> Genital Mutilation Wholesale: Why we are targetting 'ESPE' et al. 
>>> Preaching CAIS Castration and Supposedly 'High Cancer Risk', again 

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See also:
Open Letter of Concern to ''6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop', Seligenstadt 2015
Open Letter of Concern to '53rd ESPE' Dublin 2014
Open Letter of Concern to '4th WOFAPS' Berlin 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '9th Joint Meeting' (ESPE/LWPES) Milano 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium' Glasgow 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '51st Annual Meeting of ESPE' Leipzig 2012
Open Letter of Concern to '23rd ESPU' Zurich 2012
Open Letter of Concern to 'ISHID' Live Genital Mutilators London 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium' Lübeck 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '11th EMBL/EMBO Conference' Heidelberg 2010

Tuesday 23 August 2016

The Proof: IOC + IAAF + FIFA = Intersex Genital Mutilators!

[ Reloaded due to current events, originally published 18.04.2014 ]
 Nonviolent Intersex Protest + Open Letter by Zwischengeschlecht.org, IOC HQ 19.11.2009

>>> "Justice for Shanti Soundarajan!" Please sign the petition and share! Thank you!

IOC IAAF: Stop Intersex Discrimination!

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Since 2010, Zwischengeschlecht.org has warned that global sports bodies International Olympic Committeee (IOC), International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) are letting well-known Intersex Genital Mutilators loose on unsuspecting (alleged) intersex athletes, and that the new gender testing rules that came into force in 2012 with discretionary tests for individual athletes on grounds of "suspicion" or "challenge" (as the IAAF policy tellingly put it) are used as a means to coerce especially intersex athletes from the global south to "consent" to medically unnecessary Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGMs), according to a verdict by the chairman of IOC's Medical Commission, "Most cases, Ljungqvist said, require treatment such as surgery or hormone therapy"  (see e.g. Background Report 2009, Press Release 17.01.2010, Press Release 22.01.2010).

A recent >>> New York Times article by Katrina Karkazis und Rebecca Jordan-Young now confirmed this, referring to a (in the article not referenced) >>> 2013 publication in "The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism" (PDF) (doi: 10.1210/jc.2012-3893):

Therein, Intersex Genital Mutilators Patrick Fénichel, Françoise Paris, Pascal Philibert, Sylvie Hiéronimus, Laura Gaspari, Jean-Yves Kurzenne, Patrick Chevallier, Stéphane Bermon, Nicolas Chevalier, and Charles Sultan (University Hospitals of Nice + Montpellier) report how unnamed sports representatives sent them "4 young [...] women [aged 18–21] years [...] from rural or mountainous regions of developing countries" suspected of "hyperandrogenism" for screening in clinics in France (Nice, Montpellier) and Monaco (Institute for Sport Medicine and Surgery). All 4 athletes were described to have undescended inguinal testes and "enlarged clitorises" ("clitoromegaly"), and eventually were diagnosed with 5-alpha-reductase deficiency. After further invasive testing, they were attested to have "elevated" testosterone levels.

Subsequently, all 4 athletes were coerced to submit to castration and partial clitoris amputation, surgical widening of the vagina and hormone "replacement theapy" with estrogens ("partial clitoridectomy with a bilateral gonadectomy, followed by a deferred feminizing vaginoplasty and estrogen replacement therapy"). According to the mutilators, all 4 athletes "consented" to the procedures explicitly described as medically unnecessary, in order to be able to be cleared for competition one year later. However, the report doesn't mention if the athletes were informed about all the "side effects" of the mutilating procedures, as well as that most survivors later regret having these procedures done on them, and it also doesn't mention whether or not the athletes were offered access to peer support – serving as a strong indicator that, as per usual, in fact they were NOT.

While there are still no ideal gender testing rules in sight, and therefore possible future revisions will mostly also remain imperfect, the above confirmed blatant human rights violations of intersex athletes from the global south by the global sports bodies once more highlight the urgent need for TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY in current and future gender testing, including mandatory (anonymised) DISCLOSURE of all cases of testing, banning, and enforced "medical" treatments (while of course respecting the privacy of the athletes concerned), as well as independent MONITORING including collaboration with intersex organisations.

Despite all the severe injustice and damage done to (presumed or actual) intersex athletes by IOC/IAAF/FIFA, including public hounding and shaming, arbitrary bans and "stripping" of medals, or imposing of IGM practices like above, also in 2016 so far no sports representative or other guilty party was ever held accountable for their actions.   

>>> "Justice for Shanti Soundarajan!" Please sign the petition and share! Thank you!

>>> Background: Discrimination of Hermaphrodites in Sports
>>> "Justice for Santhi and Caster!" - Protest vs IOC + IAAF, 19.11.2009
>>>
Open Letter to IOC demanding Justice for Santhi and Caster
>>>
"Hermaphrodites" in sports: IOC and IAAF deny responsibility
>>>
IOC/IAAF/FIFA: Mandatory Gender Tests, Surgery for Intersex Athletes

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 20 August 2016

Intersex body shaming is NOT OK – no matter who's doing it!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookHuman Rights For Hemaphrodites, Too!The recent and currrent portrayals of Donald Trump with a "micropenis" [1] and "no balls" [2], same as recent reports on Adolf Hitler having a "tiny deformed penis as well as just one testicle" [3] plus many more similar examples [4], illustrate in an exemplary manner how intersex body shaming is considered legitimate and "A-OK" by both gay and mainstream media and by both 'progressives' and 'conservatives' alike.

So it obviously still bears repeating (4): INTERSEX BODY SHAMING – same as INTERSEX APPROPRIATION, INTERSEX ERASURE, PINKWASHING OF IGM or ACADEMIC COMPLICITY – is NEVER ACCEPTABLE NOR LEGITIMATE ('best intentions' notwithstanding)! SHAME ON YOU!!

Sources [WARNING!]:
[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/02/11/donald-trump-naked-portrait-micropenis_n_9207288.html
[2] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/18/nude-donald-trump-statues-new-york-indecline
[3] http://StopIGM.org/post/Hitler-extensive-genital-abnormalities-intersex-shaming-PinkNews-Telegraph
[4] https://oii.org.au/30697/body-shaming-intersex-issue/

>>> "3rd Gender" Legislation will NOT end IGM – Prohibition, Sanctions + Redress will!
>>> IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT "Controversy" or "Debate"!
>>> IGM = Torture, NOT "Discrimination" or "Gender Identity"!  

Thursday 18 August 2016

New Zealand > UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilations

«A Gonad For A Gonad, A Lust Organ For A Lust Organ» - Garry L. Warne (left) at the main entrance of '3rd EuroDSD Symposium', Lübeck 20.5.11 Photo: Garry L. Warne (center), Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, where New Zealand District Health Boards often send intersex children for "feminising" IGM surgery.
Nonviolent Intersex Protest vs. "3rd EuroD$D Symposium", Lübeck May 21, 2011    --> Open Letter

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

 
>>>  Download (PDF 720 kb)

  
Compiled by:
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

Timetable CRC Review of New Zealand Sep 2016:

  • Review of New Zealand: Thu 15 Sept 3pm CET + Fri 16 Sept 10am CET
    – to be broadcasted live via treatybodywebcast.org!
  • The Concluding Observations for New Zealand – hopefully with a severe reprimand for IGM practices – are due at the end the 73rd CRC Session (30 Sep 2016).

During its 73rd Session the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will review New Zealand's (+ South Africa's) record of protecting its children from harmful practices (as stipulated in under art. 24(3) CRC in conjunction with the CRC-CEDAW Joint General Comment No. 18/31). Above thematic Report to the Committee documents evidence of IGM still being perpetrated by major New Zealand public University Children's Clinics and District Hospital Bords, plus intersex children sent abroad to Australia for involuntary treatments, and the complicity of the state in this ongoing massive human rights violation.

CRC has so far investigated IGM practices in 6 countries, each time criticising IGM as a "harmful practice" (just like FGM) and issuing stern reprimands to the complicit governments. Let's again hope for tough questions during the upcoming review of New Zealand – and for strong Concluding Observations for the New Zealand Government (+ South Africa) to take all necessary measures, including legislation, to finally end the impunity of IGM perpetrators and their accessories!

>>> South Africa > UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilations

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

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 16 August 2016

South Africa > UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilations

NGO Report to the 2nd Periodic Report of South Africa on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

 
>>>  Download (PDF 929 kb)

  
Compiled by:
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

Timetable CRC Review of South Africa Sep 2016:

  • Review of South Africa: Mon 19 Sep 10am + 3pm CET
    – to be broadcasted live via treatybodywebcast.org!
  • The Concluding Observations for South Africa – hopefully with a severe reprimand for IGM practices – are due at the end the 73rd CRC Session (30 Sep 2016).

During its 73rd Session the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will review South Africa's (+ New Zealand's) record of protecting its children from harmful practices (as stipulated in under art. 24(3) CRC in conjunction with the CRC-CEDAW Joint General Comment No. 18/31). Above thematic Report to the Committee documents evidence of IGM still being perpetrated in all major South African University Children's Clinics and the complicity of the state in this ongoing massive human rights violation, as well as reports of infanticide of intersex newborns and also victims of infant "Muti" genital mutilations being submitted to IGM as "therapy".

CRC has so far investigated IGM practices in 6 countries, each time criticising IGM as a "harmful practice" (just like FGM) and issuing stern reprimands to the complicit governments. Let's again hope for tough questions during the upcoming review of South Africa – and for strong Concluding Observations for the South African Government (+ New Zealand) to take all necessary measures, including legislation, to finally end the impunity of IGM perpetrators and their accessories!

>>> New Zealand > UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilations

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

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 13 August 2016

PLEASE SIGN! Justice for Shanti Soundarajan!

Nonviolent Intersex Protest + Open Letter by Zwischengeschlecht.org, IOC HQ 19.11.2009

>>> Please sign the petition and share! Thank you!

IOC IAAF: Stop Intersex Discrimination!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

The Tamil-Indian intersex athlete Shanti Soundarajan was arbitrarily banned from further competition without proper possibility to appeal, submitted to public shaming and exposure, and arbitrarily stripped of her honourably won medals. To this day, she lives a precarious existence – and fights for justice. To this day, the Indian state and national athletics association refuse to support her case – arguably also because because she was born a Dalit.

A current online petition makes 2 minimal demands:

  1. Her name be put back on the official record of winners in the races she won.

  2. The government gives her a permanent job to rebuild her life.

>>> Please sign all and share! Thank you!

The international intersex human rights NGO Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org has been criticising the intolerable actions of international sports federations against (suspected) intersex athletes for more than 8 years.

>>> Report on Discrimination of Hermaphrodites in Sports
>>> "Justice for Santhi and Caster!" - Protest vs IOC + IAAF, 19.11.2009
>>>
Open Letter to IOC demanding Justice for Santhi and Caster
>>>
"Hermaphrodites" in sports: IOC and IAAF deny responsibility
>>>
IOC/IAAF/FIFA: Mandatory Gender Tests, Surgery for Intersex Athletes
>>> The Proof: IOC + IAAF + FIFA = Intersex Genital Mutilators! 

Friday 12 August 2016

Discrimination & Intersex Genital Mutilations in Sports

[ Reloaded due to current events ]

IOC HQ Lausanne, Nov. 19, 2009 (Photo: epa/Laurent Gillieron)   --> Open Letter

IOC IAAF: Stop Intersex Discrimination!

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Discriminating, unfair and harmful treatment of intersexed athletes ("hermaphrodites") in women's sports has a long and painful history. The "suspected" athletes' dignity and human rights keep getting violated on a regular basis by both of the ruling international sports bodies, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), as well as by their subsidiaries and affiliates.

Accused as cheaters, "suspicious" athletes are denied their rights to due process, informed consent and medical privacy, arbitrarily stripped of their medals and banned from further competition without proper possibility to appeal.

Public shaming and exposure of "suspects" as "sex test failures" and "hermaphrodites" is used a regular part of the procedure, serving as a compliance tool in order to keep "dubious" athletes from competing (i.e. forcing them to feign injury, undergo surgery or "retire quietly").

Unfortunately, since the decision to abandon the mandatory sex tests for women athletes, and replacing them with discretionary tests for individual athletes on grounds of "suspicion" or "challenge" (as the IAAF policy tellingly puts it), for (suspected) intersexed athletes the situation grew considerably worse, also due to less supervision by women's organizations and other pressure groups.

As the recent "cases" of Santhi Soundarajan and Mokgadi Caster Semenya illustrate, athletes hailing from poor "developing countries" without actual possibilities to defend themselves against this injustice, are treated particularly inconsiderately.

Also, the IOC and the IAAF continue to advocate and impose medically not indicated surgeries and hormone treatments on intersexed athletes, even in cases where the sports bodies fail to bring forward any evidence that the athletes concerned would have any advantage from being intersexed.

>>> Full Text: "Hermaphrodites" in sports: IOC, IAAF and FIFA deny responsibility 

See also:
- IOC/IAAF/FIFA: Mandatory Gender Tests for Female Athletes, Surgery for the Intersexed
- The Proof: IOC + IAAF + FIFA = Intersex Genital Mutilators! 

Wednesday 10 August 2016

Harmful myths: "3rd gender" and equality legislation will NOT end Intersex Genital Mutilations – prohibition, sanctions + redress will!

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'Unfortunately still bears repeating (3):

IGM is VIOLENCE, a HARMFUL PRACTICE comparable to FGM, INHUMAN TREATMENT in breach of the UN convention against TORTURE, and MUST STOP. States are obliged to “explicitly prohibit by law and adequately sanction or criminalize harmful practices” and to “adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation”.

"3rd gender" or anti-discrimination legislation are NO suitable means to end IGM practices, as the examples of Australia, New Zealand, Nepal, Germany and South Africa clearly prove. Publicly claiming otherwise is APPROPRIATION of the suffering of IGM survivors for 3rd party interests and unnecessarily prolonging IGM practices ('best intentions' notwithstanding), and MUST STOP just as well.

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

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 4 August 2016

Intersex Genital Mutilations: UN Women's Rights Committee Reprimands France – Switzerland + Germany Next

Photo: Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) briefs the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on IGM practices in Germany for the upcoming 66th session, Geneva 25.07.2016

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org 04.08.2016

StopIGM.org and French intersex advocates Nadine Coquet and Vincent Guillot warmly welcome the historic ‘Concluding Observations’ of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) reprimanding France for Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM), marking
  •  the very 1st time that CEDAW condemns IGM as a "harmful practice" (just like FGM),
  •  the 3rd UN reprimand for France for IGM practices in less than one year,
  •  already the 15th UN reprimand for IGM practices so far.

1.  Women's Rights Committee reprimands France for IGM practices
2.  Next in line: Switzerland and Germany
3.  15 verdicts: The UN condemn Intersex Genital Mutilations

1.  Women's Rights Committee reprimands France for IGM practices

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

IGM = Hamful Practice

We particularly appreciate that in its binding recommendations issued on occasion of the 64th Session, CEDAW explicitly obliged France to "[ensure that] no child is subjected to unnecessary surgery or treatment" (referring to the earlier verdicts by both CRC and CAT), as well as to "systematically collect disaggregated data on harmful practices in the State party and make information on the ways to combat these practices widely available" – both long-standing demands of intersex NGOs.

A thematic NGO report to CEDAW (PDF) by StopIGM.org, Nadine Coquet and Vincent Guillot provided incriminating evidence of all forms of IGM remaining pervasive in France, advocated by the public medical body "High Authority of Health" prescribing e.g. partial clitoris amputation on intersex children "during the first months of life", paid for by the public health insurance, and perpetrated in public university and regional children's clinics with impunity.

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

As Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) briefed the Committee in Geneva (04.07.2016):

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

France is the 1st ever country to be reprimanded for IGM by 3 different UN treaty bodies, having previously been reprimanded by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in February 2016, and by the Committee against Torture (CAT) in May.

2.  Next in line: Switzerland and Germany

The next State party up for review of Intersex Genital Mutilations by the UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW) is Switzerland during the 65th session in October 2016. Like France, also Switzerland has previously been remanded for IGM by both the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Committee against Torture (CAT).

Germany follows during the 66th session in February 2017, having previously been reprimanded by the Committee against Torture (CAT) and the Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). What's more, in 2009 CEDAW was the first UN treaty body ever to include a recommendation on intersex people in its Concluding Observations for Germany.

For both Switzerland and Germany, CEDAW has already received (or will shortly receive) conclusive thematic NGO reports as well as further incriminating evidence of IGM practices. StopIGM.org is again expecting stern reprimands.

3.  15 verdicts: The UN condemn Intersex Genital Mutilations

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

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

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

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

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

The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) likewise recognises IGM practices as constituting at least 'inhuman treatment' in violation of the Convention against Torture, and since 2011 has reprimanded Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong and France, explicitly calling for investigation of cases of IGM, redress for survivors and legal prohibition of the practice.

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) also considers IGM as 'inhuman treatment' and since 2015 has reprimanded Germany and Chile, echoing CAT and further denouncing violation of the right to autonomy and self-determination.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) now reprimanding France, again denouncing IGM as a "harmful practice" (just like FGM) and referring both to CRC and CAT, is already the fourth UN treaty body recognising IGM as a fundamental human rights violation.

In all above 15 verdicts, the Committees issued binding recommendations to take legislative action to end the practice and to ensure access to redress and justice for IGM survivors.

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

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

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

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

The international intersex human rights NGO StopIGM.org and French intersex advocates Nadine Coquet and Vincent Guillot demand the prohibition of forced genital surgeries on children and adolescents with Variations of Sex Anatomy and "Human Rights for Hermaphrodites too!"

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

Kind regards

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

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

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info

http://StopIGM.org

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Saturday 30 July 2016

Intersex Genital Mutilation is a Crime, NOT "Health Care"!!!

IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookUnfortunately still bears repeating – how much longer?!

IGM practices are NOT a "health issue", but VIOLENCE in health care settings and an ONGOING CRIME!
Publicly pretending otherwise ('best intentions' not withstanding) is INTERSEX APPROPRIATION + ACADEMIC COMPLICITY in IGM practices – and MUST STOP just as well!

Public Statement by the Third International Intersex Forum (2013)

3rd Intersex Forum 2013The participants of the 3rd International Intersex Forum, Malta 29.11.–01.12.2013

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Unfortunately some important things still bear repeating:

The following is the original, unaltered and full seminal statement as issued by the 3rd International Intersex Forum 2013 in Malta under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence, in which "ND" stands for "No Derivatives", meaning that it is NOT OK to alter or change things when reproducing the Statement ('best intentions' notwithstanding). Daniela Truffer and Markus Bauer (StopGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org) participated in both the 2nd Forum in Stockholm 2012 and the 3rd Forum, and suggested among other things the inclusion of "legislative measures" (to end IGM practices), access to "adequate redress" and the "right to truth" (for IGM survivors) in the demands.

Public Statement by the Third International Intersex Forum

Preamble:

We affirm that intersex people are real, and we exist in all regions and all countries around the world. Thus, intersex people must be supported to be the drivers of social, political and legislative changes that concern them.

We reaffirm the principles of the First and Second International Intersex Fora and extend the demands aiming to end discrimination against intersex people and to ensure the right of bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination.

Demands:

  • To put an end to mutilating and ‘normalising’ practices such as genital surgeries, psychological and other medical treatments through legislative and other means. Intersex people must be empowered to make their own decisions affecting own bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination.

  • To put an end to preimplantation genetic diagnosis, pre-natal screening and treatment, and selective abortion of intersex foetuses.

  • To put an end to infanticide and killings of intersex people.

  • To put an end to non-consensual sterilisation of intersex people.

  • To depathologise variations in sex characteristics in medical guidelines, protocols and classifications, such as the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases.

  • To register intersex children as females or males, with the awareness that, like all people, they may grow up to identify with a different sex or gender.

  • To ensure that sex or gender classifications are amendable through a simple administrative procedure at the request of the individuals concerned. All adults and capable minors should be able to choose between female (F), male (M), non-binary or multiple options. In the future, as with race or religion, sex or gender should not be a category on birth certificates or identification documents for anybody.

  • To raise awareness around intersex issues and the rights of intersex people in society at large.

  • To create and facilitate supportive, safe and celebratory environments for intersex people, their families and surroundings.

  • To ensure that intersex people have the right to full information and access to their own medical records and history.

  • To ensure that all professionals and healthcare providers that have a specific role to play in intersex people's wellbeing are adequately trained to provide quality services.

  • To provide adequate acknowledgement of the suffering and injustice caused to intersex people in the past, and provide adequate redress, reparation, access to justice and the right to truth.

  • To build intersex anti-discrimination legislation in addition to other grounds, and to ensure protection against intersectional discrimination.

  • To ensure the provision of all human rights and citizenship rights to intersex people, including the right to marry and form a family.

  • To ensure that intersex people are able to participate in competitive sport, at all levels, in accordance with their legal sex. Intersex athletes who have been humiliated or stripped of their titles should receive reparation and reinstatement.

  • Recognition that medicalization and stigmatisation of intersex people result in significant trauma and mental health concerns.

  • In view of ensuring the bodily integrity and well-being of intersex people, autonomous non-pathologising psycho-social and peer support be available to intersex people throughout their life (as self-required), as well as to parents and/or care providers.

In view of the above the Forum calls on:

  1. International, regional and national human rights institutions to take on board, and provide visibility to intersex issues in their work.

  2. National governments to address the concerns raised by the Intersex Forum and draw adequate solutions in direct collaboration with intersex representatives and organisations.

  3. Media agencies and sources to ensure intersex people's right to privacy, dignity, accurate and ethical representation.

  4. Funders to engage with intersex organisations and support them in the struggle for visibility, increase their capacity, the building of knowledge and the affirmation of their human rights.

  5. Human rights organisations to contribute to build bridges with intersex organisations and build a basis for mutual support. This should be done in a spirit of collaboration and no-one should instrumentalise intersex issues as a means for other ends.

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Monday 25 July 2016

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

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

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

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

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

IGM = Hamful Practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meilleures salutations

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

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info

http://StopIGM.org  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Friday 22 July 2016

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

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

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

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

IGM = Hamful Practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Informations Générales: MGI et Droits Humains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meilleures salutations

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

Mobile +41 (0) 76 398 06 50

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info

http://StopIGM.org

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

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

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

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

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Sunday 17 July 2016

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

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

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

Session 1: 10-13h

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

Session 2: 15-17h

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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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 10 July 2016

Communique de l'ONU aborde les Mutilations Genitales Intersexes

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

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

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

Friday 8 July 2016

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

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

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

Session 1: 10-13h

The 1st Session concluded without intersex being broached.

Session 2: 15-17h

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

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

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

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

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

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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) 

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

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

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

IGM = Hamful Practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contexte: l'ONU condamne les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Meilleures salutations

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

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

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info

http://StopIGM.org

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

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

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

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Wednesday 6 July 2016

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: CEDAW NGO Statement, 04.07.2016

>>> Français

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • to “explicitly prohibit by law” IGM practices,

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

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

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

Thank you. »

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Monday 4 July 2016

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

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

IGM = Hamful Practice

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

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

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

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

>>>  Download (PDF 2.69 MB)

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

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

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

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

2016 CEDAW Germany NGO Intersex IGM

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

>>>  Download (PDF 277 kb)

  
Compiled by:
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

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

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

>>> Download as PDF (282 kb)

Compiled by:
interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth

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

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

>>> Download as PDF (265 kb)

Compiled by:
OII Australia

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Wednesday 15 June 2016

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org 10.06.2016

IGM = Hamful Practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards

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

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

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info
http://StopIGM.org

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

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

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

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

>>> on Vimeo

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 12 June 2016

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

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

Saturday 11 June 2016

UK Intersex Association welcomes UN verdict on IGM in UK

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

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

IGM = Hamful Practice

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

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

Dr. Jay Hayes-Light
Director - UK Intersex Association

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

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

Thursday 9 June 2016

Genital mutilation on the NHS: UN reprimand UK + Nepal

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org 09.06.2016

IGM = Hamful Practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards

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

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

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info
http://StopIGM.org

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

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

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

  

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

>>> on Vimeo

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

>>> on Youtube  
 

14 Reprimands: The UN Condemn Intersex Genital Mutilations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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)  

Wednesday 8 June 2016

VIDEO: Intersex Genital Mutilations in Scotland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

Tuesday 7 June 2016

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

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

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

IGM = Hamful Practice

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

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

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

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

 
>>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB)

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

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