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Saturday 27 May 2017

BBC > VIDEO: Bearing Witness to Intersex Genital Mutilations

"I've got an 8in [20cm] scar right across my stomach. I was feeling perfectly healthy
and I can remember sitting up in up in bed, thinking, 'What the hell am I doing here?'"

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation! >>> Powerful BBC News Article + 3 min. VIDEO featuring 71 years old IGM survivor Jeanette from the UK, bravely explaining how at age 16 without her knowledge her “hidden testes” were removed (= IGM 3: Sterilising procedures), how doctors systematically lied to her most of her life (which is another typical pattern in IGM practices), and talks openly about the desastrous consequences of all this for her life (recognised to amounting to lifelong severe pain and suffering by multiple UN Committees, with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) condemning IGM in the UK as a “harmful practice”, just like FGM).

The BBC article also includes further excellent statements by persons concerned from UK organisations Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group (AISSG) and Intersex UK.

From this blog a big heartfelt thank-you to Jeanette for her brave testinomy, and to everbody involved for a brilliant example of bearing witness to IGM done right!

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

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) 

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Wednesday 17 May 2017

OUCH!! UN Press Release calls IGM "sex alignment surgeries", IGM survivors "transsexual children"! Guess why :-(

“Intersex is NOT THE SAME as LGBT or SOGI
Unfortunately, there are several harmful misconceptions about intersex still prevailing in public, notably if intersex is counterfactually described as being the same as or a subset of LGBT or SOGI, e.g. […] as the same as transsexuality […].
[…] IGM practices present a distinct and unique issue constituting significant human rights violations, which are different from those faced by the LGBT community, and thus need to be adequately addressed in a separate section as specific intersex issues.”

2017 CAT60 Intersex NGO Report Argentina (PDF), p. 7   

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

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Usually, the precis writers at the UN typing up the meeting summaries also used for the UN press releases are quite knowledgeable about IGM. However, there are also exceptions to this rule, and then the above mentioned harmful misconceptions about intersex and IGM hit even more painful and often also more damaging than the usual endless barrage of misrepresentation of intersex and wilful instrumentalisation of the suffering of IGM victims for 3rd party interests dominating our everyday lives.

Unfortunately, both (!!) the English and the French UN press release issued after the review of Argentina during the 60th CAT session turned out to be such exceptions, wich regrettably seem to be on the rise.

While the >>> English UN press release at least mentioned that it's about intersex people, it nonetheless always erroneously calls IGM “sex alignment surgeries” – despite that this fallacious term was NEVER brought up by neither the CAT expert nor by the delegation (compare full transcript of CAT60 Argentina intersex Q&A):

“Committee against Torture reviews report of Argentina

Follow-up Questions

[...]

KENING ZHANG, Committee Expert and Co-Rapporteur for Argentina, expressed concern about sex alignment surgeries performed on intersex persons without their consent, as such practices amounted to acts of torture. [...]

Responses by the Delegation

[...]

With regard to sex alignment surgeries on intersex persons, the delegation stressed that everyone in Argentina had the right to body integrity and sovereignty, including intersex persons.  In the law, a child under age of 13 was represented by a legal representative; children aged between 13 and 16 had the right to be involved in any legal procedures involving them and in any procedures involving their body.  They were considered adults in matters of their own bodies from the age of 16.  Consent of the person in question or his or her legal representative was required for a surgery to take place.  The best interest of the child was the leading principle. [...]”

Even worse, the >>> French UN Press Release not only wrongly introduces intersex NGOs Justicia Intersex and StopIGM.org as “a group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex victims of discrimination and violence”, but on top continuously describes IGM as “surgical interventions on transsexual [!!!] children” :

“Le Comité contre la Torture examine le rapport de l'Argentine

Examen du rapport

Questions et observations des membres du Comité

[...]

Le corapporteur a par la suite indiqué avoir été approché par un groupe de lesbiennes, gays, bisexuels, transgenres et intersexués victimes de discrimination et de violences en Argentine. Le groupe recommande à cet égard l’interdiction des interventions chirurgicales sur les enfants transsexuels jusqu’à ce qu’ils aient atteint l’âge de pouvoir décider eux-mêmes de leur sexe et demande que des indemnisations soient accordées aux personnes victimes de telles interventions sans leur consentement.

[...]

Réponses de la délégation

[...]

La délégation a d’autre part souligné que le Ministère de la justice avait pris des mesures pour répondre aux besoins spécifiques des personnes transsexuelles emprisonnées.  S’agissant des opérations chirurgicales sur des personnes transsexuelles, il a été précisé que les personnes mineures (âgées de 3 à 16 ans) sont toujours entendues dans les procédures qui les concernent.  Un acte de chirurgie doit être validé par le tuteur légal ou par un juge, le cas échéant, et l’Argentine garantit à toute personne le droit de s’identifier au genre de son choix, a assuré la délégation. [...]”

Intersex Appropriation Is NOT A Victimless Crime!

How much longer?!

IGM Practices in Argentina: 2017 CAT Report
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Argentina  Complicity of the State  IGM as Inhuman Treatment
>>>  Download (PDF 267 kb)

>>> NGO Statement 25.04.2017 on IGM in Argentina by Justicia Intersex, StopIGM.org 

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 14 May 2017

There we go (2): France condemns "mutilations of intersex children", proposes "prohibition"

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

Hear, hear! In December 2016, the French “Interministerial delegation on combatting racism, anti-semitism and anti-LGBT hatred (DILCRAH)” published a “Mobilisation plan against anti-LGBT hatred and discrimination” (PDF, french), which on p. 25 also included a strong statement on Intersex Genital Mutilations, referring to the recent UN reprimands to France secured in collaboration by StopIGM.org and French intersex advocates Vincent Guillot and Nadine Coquet (our translation):

«Stopping the surgeries and mutilations of intersex children

In 2016, France has been reprimanded three times for this issue by the UN: In January by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, in May by the Committee against Torture, and in July by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Unless they are not imperative for medical reasons, these surgeries are mutilations and must stop.»

And when presenting the Mobilisation plan at the French government palace on 17 March, outgoing French president François Hollande did even one better by openly proposing a legal ban of IGM, earning him the biggest spontaneous applause of the whole presentation (video in french @ 12:09, our translation):

«I'm also thinking of the prohibition of surgical operations that intersex children are submitted to today, and which around the world are largely considered as mutilations.»

This strong statement by president Hollande was also highlighted in the French media, for example by “Yagg” (in french), and “Libération” even put it in the headline of their report (in french). 

These are wonderful news from France! StopIGM.org extends a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who made this possible, to all who put their hands together for the remarkable applause during Hollande's presentation, and to  Benjamin Moron-Puech for impeccably chronicling these developments (in french: one | two)!

Unfortunately, this still doesn't mean all is well for intersex children in France: So far these strong statements are only words on paper and video still waiting to be translated into actual legislation, while the daily mutilations still continue. And there are also less positive official statements emerging from France, for example by the French Human Rights Defender (“Défenseur des droits”), who in a recent statement proposed (of all things!) the IGM perpetrators themselves should be tasked to investigate the situation (StopIGM.org reported, in french), or the lengthy recent report by the French “Senate delegation on women's rights”, which leaves open a lot of questions (some of them addressed here in french) and regrettably seems to go down the same road as the German Ethics Council who in the end blocked out IGM survivors and their organisations in favour of IGM perpetrators and organised parents hellbent on submitting their intersex children to IGM … How much longer?!

“Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. [...] If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. […] Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
– Frederick Douglass
, abolitionist and former slave, 3 August 1857

>>> There we go (1): EU condemns IGM, calls "to prevent, ban and prosecute"

See also:

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

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: 2015 CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  Harmful Practice
>>>  Download (PDF 3.41 MB)

UN-CRC réprimande la France: MGI = "Pratique Préjudiciable" + "Violence"
 La Ministre Bloque et Detourne - Transcriptions des Questions et Réponses MGI  

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

UN-CAT réprimande la France: MGI = "Traitement Inhumain" + "Torture"
Le Comité de l' ONU contre la Torture questionne la France sur les MGI - Transcriptions

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?  Harmful Practice
>>>  Download (PDF 2.69 MB)

UN-CEDAW réprimande la France – pour la 3e fois: MGI = “Pratique préjudiciable” 
Transcription: La France questionnée sur les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes par CEDAW

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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)

Amnesty Report fails Intersex Children and IGM Survivors

UPDATE! We received a reply by Amnesty (fulltext). The most salient bit reads: “However, [Amnesty] do[es] not call for a ban on surgeries. This is in line with our broader human rights work on issues related to gender and sexuality. We are calling for a rights-based approach to medical practice and based on our research into this issue, we are not confident that criminalising such surgeries would achieve this.” We (and others) are now calling upon Amnesty (fulltext) to disclose said policy “related to gender and sexuality” as well as said research showing why criminalisation would allegedly not be effective to end IGM and the impunity of the perpetrators, and to ensure access to justice to survivors. To be continued ...

Photo: Ditte Dyreborg (Danish Intersex Advocate), Daniela Truffer, Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org),
Small Luk (BBKCI Hong Kong) after Denmark Intersex NGO Briefing for CAT, Palais Wilson 13.11.2015

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, 12.05.2017:

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

As an international intersex human rights NGO with German and Danish members and associates and instrumental in achieving so far 22 UN reprimands for intersex genital mutilations (IGM), including to Germany and Denmark, StopIGM.org warmly welcomes Amnesty International highlighting human rights violations of intersex people in their new report "First, do no harm. Ensuring the Rights of Children with Variations of Sex Characteristics in Denmark and Germany" (PDF). However, StopIGM.org remains deeply concerned that said Amnesty report
  • fails to demand legal prohibition of IGM practices, thus falling short of demands of intersex people (e.g. Malta declaration) and UN treaty bodies (CRC, CAT, CEDAW, CRPD)
  • fails to adequately consider the most important human rights violations and applicable human rights frameworks at stake, namely harmful practices (CRC art. 24.3, CEDAW art. 5, CEDAW/CRC Joint General Comment 31/18), torture or inhuman treatment (CAT art. 2, 12, 14, 16), and CRPD, CCPR
  • fails to adequately consult intersex people, particularly IGM survivors and their organisations
  • fails to recognise that intersex and IGM are NOT an LGBT, discrimination or healthcare issue, BUT CONSTITUTE genital mutilation, a harmful practice, inhuman treatment, torture …

StopIGM.org thus would like to kindly remind Amnesty International of two crucial UN verdicts, unfortunately both omitted in said Amnesty report:

  • The Committee against Torture (CAT) explicitly obliged Denmark to "Take the necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to guarantee the respect for the physical integrity and autonomy of intersex persons and ensure that no one is subjected during infancy or childhood to unnecessary medical or surgical procedures" (CAT/C/DNK/CO/6-7, para 43 (a), 04.02.2016)
  • The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) explicitly obliged Germany to "Adopt clear legislative provisions explicitly prohibiting the performance of unnecessary surgical or other medical treatment on intersex children" and "Ensure effective access to justice, including by amending the statute of limitations" (CEDAW/C/DEU/CO/7-8, para 24 (d+e), 03.03.2017)

Legislation to end IGM practices remains the most urgent intersex demand. Failing to adequately include it, but instead recommending legislation only regarding "discrimination" and "legal gender recognition" while at the same time leaving the prevention of IGM to "healthcare providers" and the "Ministry of Health" as proposed in said Amnesty report, inevitably prolongs the impunity of IGM perpetrators and accessories, and grossly fails intersex children and IGM survivors.

Amnesty International must do better in the future, including by adequately consulting IGM survivors and their organisations.

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

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

Kind regards

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

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

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info

http://StopIGM.org

http://intersex.shadowreport.org

2016 CRC Denmark NGO Report Intersex IGM

IGM Practices in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Denmark  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as a PDF (633 kb)

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Germany: 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Germany  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (519 kb)

See also:

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 30 April 2017

CAT60 > VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Argentina Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committee Against Torture – Gov Denies

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook >>> NGO statement on Intersex Genital Mutilations, 25.04.2017
>>>
CAT Timeline Argentina 2017 

UN-CAT 60th Session @ Palais Wilson 26.04.2017, 09:58h CET: Getting ready ...
Far right: CAT rapporteur Kening Zhang, who raised intersex in Session 2 (27.04.2017)
Rear corner (far left on podium): Maria Gabriela Quinteros, who (non)-answered
#CATArgentina   #UNCAT60   #NomasTorturaARG

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookArgentina is currently up for review of IGM practices at the 60th session of the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) on
Wed 26 April 10:00-13:00h CET + Thu 27. April 15:00-18:00h.

The Session was streamed live (english + original):
Session 1 |
Session 2 ... and on Facebook (spanish).

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

CAT 60 Argentina Intersex Q&A: Transcript + Video
>>> Original Full Report Sessions 1 + 2 

Session 2, Thu 27.04.2016, 15–18h CET

16:57h: (Video @ 1:56:52–2:00:02) YAY!!    CAT country co-rapporteur Kening Zhang raises intersex persons and IGM, quotes our suggested recommendations! (NGO Report PDF --> p. 18):-)
Unofficial Transcript:

«I noticed that the director for human rights of the foreign ministry touched on the issue of also LGBTI. In that regard I would like to have the opportunity of passing a message of a NGO which I didn't have time to do yesterday. I was approached by this intersex genital mutilation group which actually expressed their concern over the certain status how they are being treated in the country, and I would like just to very briefly read out what they entrusted me to do.

They expressed the concern then they suggest that the Committee (indiscernible) the following recommendations to the country for their better treatment, for the unnecessary surgical and other interventions performed on intersex performed on intersex people without prior informed and effective consent, which reportedly caused physical and psychological suffering, have not as yet given rise to any inquiry, sanction or reparation.

The Committee, so they suggest the Committee to recommend to the State party the following:

(a) Take the necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to guarantee the respect for the physical integrity and autonomy of intersex persons and to ensure that no one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical procedures during infancy or childhood, but that all non-urgent medical interventions are postponed until the child is sufficiently mature to participate in decision-making and give full, free and informed consent.

(b) Guarantee impartial counselling services and psychosocial support for all intersex children and their parents, so as to inform them of the consequences of non-urgent, unnecessary surgery and other medical treatment and the possibility of postponing any decision on such treatment or surgery until the persons concerned are able to decide for themselves.

(c) Undertake investigation of reports of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex people without effective consent and adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation.

(d) Guarantee intersex persons’ full access to the right to identity and to be recognized as a person before the law through administrative procedures fully compatible with human rights standards.

And the last

(e) Involve intersex persons in the design, implementation and monitoring of public policies affecting them, and avoid all forms of misrepresentation and instrumentalisation of intersex persons and issues.»

17:37h: (Video english | castellano @ 2:36:25–2:40:20) Maria Gabriela Quinteros (Human Rights Director of the Foreign Affairs Office: Sub Directora de Derechos Humanos, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto de Argentina) (non-)answers on intersex! Claims civil code prevents IGM and affirms right to bodily integrity and autonomy, intersex children protected until 16 years, then count as adults regarding medical decisions. Gender identity law is clear that they can identify as male or female without surgery. (However, those laws are simply not applied to intersex children, see NGO Report PDF --> p. 8, 14). She conveniently ignores that IGM is still advertised and perpetrated by government bodies and public paediatric hospitals ... :-(
Unofficial transcription
(of UN simultanious translation from original spanish):

«OK, I'd like to answer Dr. Zhang regarding the concern he raised passing on the message from an NGO concerned about interventions vis-à-vis intersex persons. In the first place I'd like to say that intersex individuals have the right to self-determination over their own bodies, and must give prior and informed consent as a fundamental prerequisite for any medical practice which might be carried out on their body.

There have been two important legislative advances in this area in Argentina, and one is the new Civil and Commercial Code of the nation which in its article 26 says that any child, any minor, because quite often with this intersex cases we're generally speaking dealing with minors, and this is how we establish whether or not to intervene surgically. This article says that the persons rights ought to be exercised through their legal representatives, but nonetheless it allows - if the person has the appropriate maturity and age to make their own assessment and give consent then they are empowered to do so. It allows for any minor between 13 and 16 years of age to be involved in any legal procedure relating to them, and particularly with regards to any decisions made about the person, their body. From 16 years of age they're considered as an adult for any decisions relating to the care of their own body. In the instance that any controversy springs up between the legal representatives and the child's own wishes of course the child has the right to a legal representative and to have the case brought before a judge, while the decision of the minor will always been taken into consideration.

Law 26143 is the Gender Identity Law. It's a very advanced law because it allows individuals to identify with the gender they perceive themselves to be affiliated to, and they can thereby change their birth certificates and the national ID certificates in order to identify as a male or female as they see fit and perceive themselves. The law is been clear on this, when it provides (indiscernible) surgical intervention, in order to have a surgical intervention the consent of the individual in question or that of the legal representatives is required or you could have a legal ruling instead, and it's important to say that the Civil Code reaffirms the principle of the progressive autonomy and capacity of the minor, of the child and the great higher interest of that child being treated as a priority and the right to have self-determination over ones own body is a human right and so the well-being and the life of the person must always be the highest priority with their consent.»

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IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'On 12 May 2017 or soon after, CAT will publish its binding Concluding observations for Argentina – now that the issue was raised during the review and the delegation's only (non-)answer was the obligatory blanket denial in combination with employing the usual red herring of gender identity issues, StopIGM.org is expecting another stern reprimand for IGM practices.

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> NGO statement on Intersex Genital Mutilations, 25.04.2017
>>>
CAT Timeline Argentina 2017 

NGO Report to the 6th and 7th Periodic Report of Argentina on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

>>>  Download (PDF 267 kb)

Compiled by:
Justicia Intersex
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Wednesday 26 April 2017

CAT60 > Intersex Genital Mutilations in Argentina reported to UN Committee against Torture

Wed 26 April 2017 10–13h CET + Thur 27 April 2017 15–18h CET live on webtv.un.org!

CAT60 NGO Meeting for Argentina @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 25.04.2017:
Mauro Cabral Grinspan (Justicia Intersex), Daniela Truffer and Markus Bauer (StopIGM.org)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook >>> CAT Timeline Argentina 2017  

NGO Report to the 6th and 7th Periodic Report of Argentina on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

>>>  Download (PDF 267 kb)

Compiled by:
Justicia Intersex
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

  

Justicia Intersex / StopIGM.org
NGO Oral Statement CAT60 Argentina, 25.04.2017

Presented by Daniela Truffer [Excerpt]

«[...] [T]he [...] personal testimonies in our report [2] prove that IGM inflicts lifelong severe pain and suffering also in Argentina.

As further substantiated in our report [3] in Argentina all forms of IGM practices persist, advocated by state bodies, public paediatric hospitals and medical associations, facilitated and paid for by the State, establishing involvement of State officials.

Despite criticism by the National Institute Against Discrimination (INADI) [4], the child protection agency Asesoria General Tutelar (AGT) [5], the Ministry of Health of the Buenos Aires Province [6] and others, the government fails to take appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures to protect intersex children from involuntary harmful medical practices, that would never be tolerated on “normal” children, and refuses IGM survivors the right to justice, redress and compensation, further establishing intention and purpose of discrimination.

[...] Thus, all requirements for torture according to article 1 of the Convention are established. [7]

This Committee has consistently recognised IGM to constitute at least ill-treatment under the Convention, and articles 2, 12, 14 and 16 as applicable. [8]

We thus ask the Committee to sternly remind also Argentina of its obligations under mentioned articles of the Convention, and General Comments 2 and 3, and would like to refer to our suggested recommendations in our report [9] [...].

Thank you.»

[1] http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CAT-Justicia-Intersex-Zwischengeschlecht-IGM.pdf
[2] Cases 1-5, page 19-22
[3] Page 7-14, 16
[4] See page 8
[5] Ibd.
[6] Ministerio de Salud de la Provincia de Buenos Aires: “Guía para Personal de Salud sobre Salud
Sexual y Reproductiva y Prevención de la Violencia hacia Población LGTB”, page 12, 21-22
http://www.ms.gba.gov.ar/sitios/tocoginecologia/files/2014/02/Guia-para-el-Personal-de-Saludsobre-Salud-Sexual-y-Reproductiva-y-Prevencion-de-la-Violencia-hacia-poblacion-LGTB.pdf
[7] Page 15
[8] CAT/C/DEU/CO/5; para 20; CAT/C/CHE/CO/7, para 20; CAT/C/AUT/CO/6, paras 44-45; CAT/C/DNK/CO/6-7, paras 42–43; CAT/C/FRA/CO/7, paras 32-33
[9] Page 18

CAT Timeline Argentina 2017:
20 March 2017: Thematic NGO Report by Justicia Intersex / StopIGM.org for the 60th CAT session.
Tue 25 April 2017, 17–18h CET: NGO Briefing (closed).

Wed 26 April 2017, 10–13h CET = 05–8h in Argentina
   + Thur 27 April 2017, 15–18h CET = 10–13h in Argentina
   Review of Argentina
during the 60th CAT Session,
   hopefully with tough Q&A on IGM

   to be transmitted live on webtv.un.org!
  
(plus soon after on demand)
12 May 2017 or soon after: Concluding observations for Argentina, hopefully with another severe reprimand for IGM practices.

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Thursday 20 April 2017

Why I can't be at the 4th Intersex Forum (4IIF) - Call for collaborative UN Action

Full disclosure: While not invited to the 1st Forum in Brussels 2011, Daniela and Markus participated in the 2nd Forum in Stockholm 2012 and the 3rd in Malta 2013, 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 Public Statements. Daniela both times received a scholarship. Already for the 3rd Forum Markus's application was initially rejected, but then reconsidered (see photo).

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Statement by Daniela "Nella" Truffer 17.04.2017:

Dear fellow intersex campaigners

For 10 years now I've been campaigning to stop IGM, and unfortunately in my whole life I was never that much bullied, ostracised, marginalised, used and shamed like because of my work. While I was at least somewhat prepared for the legal and other threats by IGM doctors and clinics, I didn't expect and was even less prepared for half of the threats, and nearly all of the bullying, ostracising, contempt and instrumentalisation of our work, coming from fellow intersex activists, in my experience most of them not having been submitted to IGM in their childhood and considering themselves as an extended arm of the LGBT movement.

Unfortunately, I've experienced such behaviour also at international meetings similar to the 4IIF in Amsterdam, and I'm aware of others having experienced such at an earlier forum. This is why I stopped attending such meetings alone, but only go together with my partner and collaborator Markus Bauer. This I also clearly stated in my application to the 4IIF (to which in the end I didn't even get a definitive reply).

Call for collaborative UN Action

As you probably know, our work in collaboration with intersex activists around the world has been instrumental in putting intersex and IGM on the map at the UN treaty bodies, and as stated in my application, I wanted to attend the forum together with Markus mainly to exchange and engage with fellow activists regarding future collaborations.

I would have loved to do a practical workshop on this topic together at the 4IIF, but in addition to not feeling safe going there alone, doing a workshop without Markus would have been way less effective, as I'm used to working together with Markus as a team, with both of us having complementary fields of expertise and experience.

As this is now not possible, I would very much like to encourage everybody wanting their country to be reprimanded by the UN for IGM and disregard of intersex human rights to contact me personally to discuss details.

We will gladly collaborate with anybody willing to take part in UN human rights mechanisms, and will gladly support you and/or your organisation in

  • identifying applicable treaties and when your country will be up for review
  • research and compile evidence of intersex human rights violations, according to the needs of the Committee(s)
  • writing and editing personal testimony of the severe physical pain and suffering caused by IGM, according to the needs of the Committee(s)
  • compiling and submitting NGO reports on intersex human rights violations, including a compelling legal argument how they violate which articles and general comments of the relevant Convention(s)
  • successfully making your case during the very short time available at briefings and during the session
  • using the resulting UN reprimands to put the pressure on IGM doctors and state actors supporting them

Please feel free to forward/share this call to/with anyone who might also be interested! Any questions, please ask.

We are currently at 22 UN reprimands for IGM practices, and hoping for the 23rd within the next weeks, mostly due to our work and international collaborations. Get active and take part in making this 100!

Best wishes,

Daniela Truffer
Co-founder StopIGM.org
nella_at_zwischengeschlecht.info
Mobile +41 (0) 76 398 06 50

http://StopIGM.org

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 16 April 2017

L'Institut national d’études démographiques (Ined) condamne la médicalisation des MGF + mutilations des bébés intersexes!

 >>> English

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookYoupi!  Dans la dernière >>> publication n° 543 de "Population & Sociétés" (PDF) de l'Institut national d’études démographiques (Ined), sur la page 3 les auteures Armelle Andro et Marie Lesclingand pas seulement condamnent la croissante médicalisation de MGF, mais dans la même phrase courageusement aussi les pratiques de MGI – merci! (Il serait toutefois souhaitable qu'elles voudraient s'abstenir d'euphémiser les traitements involontaires sur les enfants intersexes comme "chirurgie de changement de sexe" dans le futur …)

La conférence BanFGM à Rome (PDF) a aussi mis l'accent sur les "approches  contreproductives de lutte contre les MGF telles que la médicalisation", et a inclus les "mutilations génitales intersexes" dans sa Déclaration Finale.

Notamment, ce sont souvent les mêmes chirurgiens qui effectuent les deux pratiques, MGF et MGI – combien de temps encore?!

Continue reading...

Saturday 15 April 2017

VIDEO > Intersex, IGM and Human Rights: Markus Bauer @ Genital Autonomy 2015

“Markus Bauer, co-founder of StopIGM.org, has been a (non-intersex) intersex activist for 10 years, and his work has been crucial in making intersex human rights actually happen at the UN. His half-hour presentation at the "Genital Autonomy Symposium 2015" [abstract] is a valuable introduction to intersex human rights and social movement strategies, and also explains where the "Maltese Legislation" falls short of widely recognised human rights basics.”   – Daniela Truffer

Watch the full presentation at Vimeo!

Many thanks to Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain) for the fabulous editing!

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Friday 14 April 2017

French Demographic Institute INED condems Medicalisation of FGM + Intersex Genital Mutilations!

 >>> Français

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookHear, hear!   In the latest >>> issue 543 of "Population & Societies" (PDF) of the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), on p. 3 authors Armelle Androand Marie Lesclingand not only condemn the increasing medicalisation of FGM, but in the same sentence bravely also IGM practices – thank you! (One would only wish they'd refrain from euphemising involuntary treatments of intersex children as "sex reassignment surgery" in the future ...)

Also the BanFGM conference in Rome highlighted “counterproductive approaches to combatting FGM, such as medicalization”, and included “intersex genital mutilations” in its Final Declaration.

Notably, it's often the very same surgeons performing both FGM and IGM – how much longer?!

Continue reading...

Thursday 30 March 2017

Mutilateurs des bébés intersexes à Luxembourg: «Je ne suis pas un monstre!» - Le Quotidien, 21.03.2017


>>> «Dossier: Intersexe», "Le Quotidien" 21.03.2017 (PDF, 439 kb)
par Audrey Somnard.

«Je ne suis pas un monstre!» Selon le Dr Witsch [Centre Hopsitalier de Luxembourg (CHL)], ce sont les parents qui «n'acceptent pas la situation et veulent à tout prix une opération. […] Refuser catégoriquement l'opération ne ferait que les pousser ailleurs, voire encourager des actes de mutilation génitale comme cela se passe en Afrique par exemple.» (p. 2)

Yolande Wagener, chef de division à la direction de la Santé: «Il n'existe pas de recommandation médicale, de cadre légal au Luxembourg. Il n'y a à ma connaissance aucune intervention pratiquée sur les bébés à la naissance au Grand-Duché, ce type d'intervention est pratiqué à l'étranger.» (p. 2)

• Journées Intersexes 2017 – Santé, Education et Droits humains à Luxembourg
   >>> Programme | Volant (PDF)

L'ONU condamne les mutilations génitales sur les bébés intersexes (MGI)
Le Parlament Européen condamne les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes
Mutilations Intersexes : « Seule la peur du juge va bouger les choses »
C'est pourquoi le Comité contre la Torture va condamner la France pour les MGI

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

Saturday 11 March 2017

There we go (1): EU condemns "genital mutilation affecting intersex persons", calls "to prevent, ban and prosecute"

 >>> Français     >>> Deutsch  

Photo: Intersex Protest vs. "AWMF D$D Guidelines" + "Ja-Ped 2014" , Leipzig 08.11.2014

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

Hip, hip! As proposed by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMME), the EU Parliament adopted a ground-breaking >>> “European Parliament resolution of 14 February 2017 on promoting gender equality in mental health and clinical research (2016/2096(INI))” | PDF

This is arguably the 1st time ever an elected parliament explicitly refers to Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM) and – together with FGM (!) – unmistakably urges “to prevent, ban and prosecute” !

From this blog a heartfelt thank-you to everybody involved!

The following are the relevant paagraphs of the Resolution 2016/2096(INI) on FGM and IGM (additional paras addressing intersex see below):

“The European Parliament,

[...]

BB.  whereas women and girls who are subjected to female genital mutilation are exposed to serious short- and long-term effects on their physical, psychological, sexual and reproductive health;

BC.  whereas intersex persons subject to genital mutilation also experience effects on their physical, psychological and sexual and reproductive health;

[...]

61.  Calls on the Member States to prevent, ban and prosecute female genital mutilation and genital mutilation affecting intersex persons, and to provide mental health support, in conjunction with physical care, to victims and to those individuals likely to be targeted;
[...]”

(This EU Resolution initiated by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMME) is in line with the Resolution of the German 24th Conference of Ministers for Women’s Issues and Equality (GFMK) which in 2014 also explicitly called for a “legal ban of medically unnecessary surgical and pharmacological [...] interventions on intersex minors,” explicitly referring to the need of intersex children for similar protection against sterilisation (§ 1631c BGB) and female genital mutilation (§ 226a StGB) that other children and girls already enjoy, but intersex children don't (see >>> 2015 CRPD Intersex NGO Report (PDF), p. 19).

In addition, the Resolution 2016/2096(INI) of the European Parliament further addresses intersex people also in its paras on forced sterilisation, intersectional discrimination and specific mental health issues, again calling to prevent, ban and prosecute or to develop specific prevention strategies and to ensure acces to mental health services respectively. The following are the relevant paragraphs of the Resolution 2016/2096(INI) on these issues:

“The European Parliament,

[...]

M.  whereas in particular lesbian and bisexual women, as well as transgender and intersex persons, face specific mental health issues arising from minority stress, defined as the high levels of anxiety and stress caused by prejudice, stigmatisation and experience of discrimination, as well as medicalisation and pathologisation; whereas LGBTI people may face specific mental health and wellbeing challenges which must be taken into account in any mental health strategy;

[...]

AG.  [...]; whereas there is a lack of research on the specific needs of intersex women;

[...]

20.  Calls on the Commission, the Member States and local authorities to develop specific tailored policies in order to provide mental health services to groups of vulnerable women in marginalised communities and to those facing intersectional discrimination, such as refugee and migrant women, women facing poverty and social exclusion, intersex and transgender persons, ethnic minority women, women with disabilities, older women, and women in rural areas;

[...]

41.  Calls on the Commission and the Member States:
       [...]
       (c)     to ensure that prevention strategies specifically target women who are at risk of intersectional discrimination such as Roma women, women with disabilities, lesbians and bisexual women, migrants and women refugees and women living in poverty, as well as transgender and intersex people;

[...]

47.  Calls on the Member States to prevent, ban and prosecute the forced sterilisation of women, a phenomenon that affects in particular women with disabilities, transgender and intersex persons, and Roma women;

[...]”

These are wonderful news from the EU Parliament! However, one questions remains: Considering that the EU ist still the world's largest funder of Intersex Genital Mutilation, how long will it take until this ground-breaking Resolution will be implemented by the member states?! To be continued ...

(Thanks to Benjamin Moron-Puech for the tip!)

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

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 10 March 2017

Et voilà (1): Union Européenne condamne "les mutilations génitales subies par les personnes intersexuées", demande de "prévenir, interdire et sanctionner"

>>> English     >>> German 

Manif intersexe + lettre ouverte contre "Haute Autorite de Santé (HAS)", 12.09.2016

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

Hourra! Comme proposé par le Comité des Droits de la femme et égalité des genres (FEMME), le Parlement UE a adopté une pionnière >>> “Résolution du Parlement européen du 14 février 2017 sur la promotion de l'égalité des genres en matière de santé mentale et de recherche clinique (2016/2096(INI)” | PDF
C'est sans doute la première fois jamais qu'un parlement élu fait explicitement référence aux Mutilations Génitales Intersexes (IGM) et - avec MGF (!) - clairement exhorte “à prévenir, interdire et sanctionner” !

De la part de StopIGM.org un chalereux merci à tous les intervenants!

Voici les paragraphes rélévantes de la Résolution 2016/2096(INI) sur MGF and MGI (voir ci-dessous les paragraphes supplémentaires addressant l'intersexuation):

Continue reading...

Monday 6 March 2017

“Harmful Practice”: Ireland and Germany sternly reprimanded by UN-CEDAW for Intersex Genital Mutilations - again!

Photo: UNHRC UPR #14, Geneva 20.10.2012

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Press Release by StopIGM.org, 06.03.2017:

During its 66th Session the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) examined Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM) in Ireland and Germany.

Today the Committee issued stern reprimands to both countries, explicitly recognising IGM as a “harmful practice” and calling for “legislative provisions”:

>>> Germany: CEDAW/C/DEU/CO/7-8, on intersex: paras 23-24 (PDF)
>>> Ireland:
CEDAW/C/IRL/CO/6-7, on intersex: paras 24-25 (PDF)

StopIGM.org warmly welcomes these renewed clear verdicts, marking
  • 22 UN reprimands for IGM practices so far
  •
already the 3rd reprimand for Germany
  •
already the 2nd reprimand for Ireland
  •
now 5 reprimands by CEDAW
  •
the 2nd time that CEDAW reprimanded more than one state in one session
  • 14 countries reprimanded
in Europe, South America, Asia, Oceania and Africa.

We particularly appreciate the Committee specifically obliging Germany to
  • “adopt clear legislative provisions explicitly prohibiting” IGM practices
  • “ensure effective access to justice, including by amending the statute of limitations”
 
  “provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support”,
as well as obliging Ireland to
  • “develop and implement an appropriate rights-based health-care protocol for intersex children.

THANK YOU to everybody who contributed to this extraordinary success!

The binding CEDAW66 intersex recommendations in full + session transcripts + NGO reports:

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Germany: 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Germany  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (519 kb)

>>> CEDAW66: Germany questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilatons
>>> CEDAW66 > Joint NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Germany 
>>> UN Press Release 20.02.2017: "Intersex Genital Mutilation in Germany"
>>> "Germany: The Practice of Intersex Genital Mutilation" - UN Press Release 21.02.2017

CEDAW66: Binding Intersex Recommendations for Germany:

>>> CEDAW/C/DEU/CO/7-8, on intersex: paras 23-24 (PDF)

“Harmful practices

23.  The Committee welcomes the adoption of legislative and other measures to combat harmful practices, including the 47th Criminal Law Amendment Act of 2013 prohibiting female genital mutilation and the establishment of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Intersexuality/Transexuality (IMAG). However, the Committee is concerned about:

[...]

(d)  The lack of clear legislative provisions prohibiting unnecessary medical procedures to be performed on infants and children with indeterminate sex until they reach an age when they are able to provide their free, prior and informed consent;

(e)  Inadequate support and lack of effective remedies for intersex persons, who have undergone medically unnecessary surgical procedures, at a very early age, often with irreversible consequences, resulting in long term physical and psychological suffering..

24.  In light of the joint general recommendation/general comment No. 31 of the Committee and No. 18 of the Committee of the Rights of the Child on harmful practices (2014), the Committee recommends that the State party:

[...]

(b)  Systematically collect disaggregated data on the incidence of harmful practices in the State party and continue to strengthen preventive and protection measures to eliminate female genital mutilation;

[...]

(d)  Adopt clear legislative provisions explicitly prohibiting the performance of unnecessary surgical or other medical treatment on intersex children until they reach an age when they can provide  their free, prior and informed consent; provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support; and ensure that the German Medical Association provides information to medical professionals on the legal prohibition of unnecessary surgical or other medical interventions for intersex children;

(e)  Ensure effective access to justice, including by amending the statute of limitations, for intersex persons who have undergone unnecessary surgical or other medical treatment without their free, prior and informed consent and consider the proposal by the German Ethics Council to establish a state compensation fund.
     

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Ireland: 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Ireland  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (248 kb)

>>> CEDAW66: Ireland questioned over IGM
>>>
CEDAW66 > NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland
>>>
UN Press Release on Review of Ireland mentions "Intersex Genital Mutilation"
>>>
Communiqué de l'ONU > Mutilations Genitales Intersexes en Irlande

CEDAW66: Binding Intersex Recommendations for Ireland:

>>> CEDAW/C/IRL/CO/6-7, on intersex: paras 24-25 (PDF)

“Stereotypes and harmful practices

24.  The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation following the adoption of the Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act in April 2012. The Committee is, however, concerned that:

[...]

(b)  Medically irreversible and unnecessary sex-assignment surgery and other treatments are performed on intersex children.

25.  The Committee recommends that the State party: 

[...]

(b)  Develop and implement an appropriate rights-based health-care protocol for intersex children, which ensures that children and their parents are properly informed of all options and that children are, to the greatest extent possible, involved in decision-making about medical interventions and that their choices are fully respected.    
  

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

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 5 March 2017

EU biggest funder of Intersex Genital Mutilation - how much longer?!

Unfortunately still bears repeating (7):

The EU is arguably the biggest funder of IGM perpetrators in the world, paying out millions and millions of Euros to 'research' projects run by well-known mutilators. On the other hand, for the victims of IGM the EU has only 'strong regrets', and fig leaf 'anti-discrimination initiatives'

For example the COST-funded 'D$Dnet' openly operates on the premise that IGM practices are A-OK, since intersex children 'may be extremely challenging for families and health care professionals', or prone to 'malignant development' ("Memorandum of Understanding", PDF --> p 4):

'DSDnet' consists of well-known IGM perpetrators and clinics from 28 nations around the globe including Germany, France, Egypt, Israel, Russia, Japan, Indonesia, Australia and the States. 'D$Dnet' is genetics-driven and promising to improve prenatal tests promising selective abortion of intersex babies.    >>> read more 

At 'D$Dnet', persons concerned and their organisations are 'consulted' by name only. Same goes for EU-funded 'DSD-Life', where the usual perpetrators themselves are handsomely paid to 'investigate' their own handiwork:

 Click to enlarge!
"D$D-Life":
6 Million Euro Intersex Perpetrators' 'Research' incl. 'Ethics Band Aid'
"Multidisciplinary Teams" =
Pedo Endos
('PädEndo') + Surgeons ('Chirurgie')
= Same since the beginning of systematic Intersex Genital Mutilations in 1950

The EU (and other involved states) not only allow such 'research' and the daily mutilations to continue, but actively support them – how much longer?!

Prohibition under Criminal Law and prolonging the statutes of limitations in order to allow adult IGM survivors to sue is the key to end Intersex Genital Mutilations!

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

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Saturday 4 March 2017

France > Pas suffisant: Défenseur des droits publie avis sur l'intersexuation

>>> Article Tribune de Genève 

Interdire en droit pénal et adapter le délai de prescription pour permettre aux survivants d'avoir recours à la justice et aux réparations, c'est la clef pour éliminer les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes ! 

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookLes Mutilations Génitales Intersexes (MGI) en France constituent une "pratique préjudiciable" explicitement condamnée par les Comités de l'ONU des Droits de l’Enfant (CRC) et des Droits des Femmes (CEDAW) et un "traitement inhumain" explicitement condamné par le Comité contre la Torture (CAT).

Donc, >>> l'Avis 17-04 du Défenseur des droits est un pas dans la bonne direction, mais on est pas encore arrivés à destination:

• L'avis seulement constate que les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes sont condamnées par le Comité de l'ONU des Droits de l’Enfant (CRC) en “Grande Bretagne et à l’Irlande du Nord, au Népal, à l’Irlande et à la Suisse”. Mais le Comité des Droits de l’Enfant (CRC) a aussi condamné les mutilations génitales intersexes en France, tout comme les Comités contre la Torture (CAT) et des Droits des Femmes (CEDAW). Pourquoi c'est ignoré?

“DSD-Life” (en anglais) et les Centres de référence en France (PDF), que l'avis recommende de charger comme “point d’appui”, se composent de mutilateurs et sont incapables de faire des études désinteressées, ou d'actualiser le protocole/référentiel de diagnostic et de soins de 2002 dans l'esprit des droits humains.

«Les choses évoluent assez peu dans le monde médical.»
«A mon sens, seule la peur du juge pourra faire bouger les choses. Il faut prévoir un délai de prescription suffisant pour que les victimes puissent porter plainte à l’âge adulte.»
- Blaise Meyrat

Voir aussi:

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: 2015 CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  Harmful Practice
>>>  Download (PDF 3.41 MB)

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

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

UN-CAT réprimande la France: MGI = "Traitement Inhumain" + "Torture"
Le Comité de l' ONU contre la Torture questionne la France sur les MGI - Transcriptions
Mutilations Intersexes : « Seule la peur du juge va bouger les choses »
 
« 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 français ignorent consciemment les 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?  Harmful Practice
>>>  Download (PDF 2.69 MB)

UN-CEDAW réprimande la France – pour la 3e fois: MGI = “Pratique préjudiciable” 
Transcription: La France questionnée sur les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes par CEDAW

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 22 February 2017

CEDAW66 > VIDEO + FULL TRANSCRIPT: Germany Questioned by UN over Intersex Genital Mutilations – Embarassing Gov Excuses

>>> CEDAW66 > Joint NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Germany 
>>> UN Press Release 20.02.2017: "Intersex Genital Mutilation in Germany"
>>> "Germany: The Practice of Intersex Genital Mutilation" - UN Press Release 21.02.2017

UN-CEDAW 66th Session @ Palais des Nations 21.02.2017, 10:12h: Introductory statement by Head of German Delegation, Ms Elke Ferner, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookToday it's the turn of Germany to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations at the 66th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Tue 21 February 10-13h CET + 15-17h   >>> VIDEO Session one | two 
StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE
from Palais des Nations in Geneva, expecting tough questions and yet another reprimand for IGM at the end of the session on 3 March.

Session 1: 10-13h CET

11:21h: The session is well under way, questions to articles 3 + 4 of the Convention being answered, questions on art. 5 (harmful practices) coming up soon ...

11:54h (VIDEO @1:53): YAY!! CEDAW vice chair person and Committee expert Ruth Halperin-Kaddari (of CEDAW66 Ireland fame) just asked an extensive question on “IGM, namely Intersex Genital Mutilation” under "harmful practices” (art. 5), mentioning 1700 unnecessary procedures taking place annually in Germany, asking why the state is still "deliberating" compensation for survivors and steps to end the practice. :-)
Unofficial Transcript:

«I want to touch on a painful subject, that was also raised in the list of questions and issues, and that is the continuing practice of surgical procedures or other medical procedures performed on intersex infants, in an attempt to bring their physical appearance in line with the binary gender stereotypes, and in most of the times it is with the female stereotype.

This is sometimes referred to as IGM, namely Intersex Genital Mutilation, thus indicating the irreversible and often grave and lifelong consequences of the procedures which are not necessary and cannot be medically justified, and can in fact been postponed until such time, as the child is able to express his or her views on the subject. Various sources indicate that the number of these procedures is not decreasing, and as many as 1700 children are treated that way every year.

And yet there is only one counselling office in one Länder that is the Lower Saxony, and on the other hand your answers to the list of questions and issues indicate that you are aware of the problematic nature of this harmful practice, you set up an interministerial working group on intersexuality, transsexuality in 2014 and you described many deliberations, working papers, publications, including the involvement of the German Ethics Council.

So my questions are the following: One of the Ethic Council's recommendations was that gender determining operations when the affected person cannot decide for him- or herself are to be carried out only, if they are, and I'm quoting, "undeniably in the best interest of the child". But this is, in my view, circular. Who decides the best interest of the child in these cases?

The whole problem arises because the best interest as determined by the parents or by those with parental authority, is so often based on stereotypes. And without sufficient understanding of all the lifelong consequences, then why not adopt the principal that only clearly medically necessary life saving procedures are to be carried out?

And coming from the field of family law, I want to raise an option, that many countries had moved into introducing the legal concept, the concept of an independent legal representative for minors, lawyers for the children in issues that present challenges, perhaps conflicts between them and their parents or between them and the authorities. Why are you not considering the employment of such mechanisms.

Lastly, the Ethics Council had also recommended setting up a compensation fund, but your replies indicate that this, and I quoting again, "requires careful examination". My question is simply why does it require careful consideration, and not set it up immediately? Thank you.»

12:16h (@2:14): German Head of Delegation Elke Ferner (Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)) answers on “erm, erm, eh, intersexuality” – regarding criminalisation and compensation the German government is still “erm, discussing”.   :-(
Inofficial Transcript (simultaneous translation from German – minus the stutters):

«The question about intersex children and surgery. We have made a small step forward, now there is a new treatment guideline. It says that irreversible interventions that are not medically necessary, excuse me, I think Frau Blomeyer can add more professionally to that, but so if these interventions are not necessary medically they cannot be carried out before the child is legally able to consent.

I think it's a bit more complicated in the German system, because physicians are no longer allowed to carry out these surgeries due to their professional codex because we always want to be up to date, and that's why it is not legally regulated, we leave it all to the medical profession to decide in their specialties what is state of the art.

And it's clear intersexuality is not a disease and therefore there is no medical need for these irreversible interventions. Of course there need to be exceptions, for example if the child's benefit is at stake, if it's a young person who is suicidal for example, then that might be an exception, but otherwise the physicians would commit an offense if they'd carry out this surgery.

In addition, we support Pro Familia projects, we're trying to better inform parents. We are instructing them, we are informing them, telling them that it's not a bad thing to be intersex even though it's not the norm, but that it's no reason to put your child through an irreversible surgery, just because the sex cannot been immediately be determined.

And the recommendation about further temporary measures whether they are necessary, in criminal court or in civil court, the government is debating about that, also about whether a compensation fund should be introduced or not.»

12:30h (@2:28): Ruth Halperin-Kaddari follows up on IGM, again stressing compensation ... YAY!!  :-) Unofficial Transcript:

«I would just like to clarify, if I understood correctly, because the responses were received by us in November 2016, so these guidelines that you had quoted from are more recent than that? When were they adopted?

And then secondly, what about the possibility of establishing a fund for compensating those individuals who had undergone such medically unnecessary procedures in the past and suffer form those consequences? Thank you.»

12:31h (@2:30): Also Committee expert and country rapporteur for Germany Patricia Schulz follows up on IGM, asking about prohibition under criminal law ...  YAY!!  :-)
Unofficial Transcript:

«Second question regarding intersex persons. Listening to you I was under the impression that nothing would actually prevent your moving from the Behandlungs- – from the guidelines to a clear explicit prohibition in the criminal code, since it's not a medical – you said it, there's not – it's not an illness, and if you want to prevent those operations from happening with irreversible consequences, maybe the criminal court could be a way?»

12:36h (@2:36): German Head of delegation Elke Ferner again (non-)answers on intersex, claiming IGM would be illegal anyways ...  :-( Unofficial Transcript (simultaneous translation from German):

«Now I would like to ask Frau Blomeyer from our delegation to respond to Mrs. Kaddari's questions about the guidelines, but if physicians treat against the guidelines it's bodily harm, so they can be persecuted for or punished for bodily harm and they all know this.

It's similar to the section 218, the abortion section in the criminal law. There women – it was tried to prevent people to abort fetuses by making the physicians – giving them the burden of the offense.

So now we need to see how we regulate this particular issue, but Frau Blomeyer will be better able to explain this to you and give you information about the circumstances of adopting theses guidelines.»

12:41h (@2:41): Delegation member Ina-Marie Blomeyer (BMFSFJ Unit 215 “Same-sexual lifestyles, gender identity") further (non-)answers on intersex, again claiming medical guidelines would be identical to criminal prohibition (which the German NHRI explicitly declares as wrong in their report for the session --> PDF p. 8 + fn 17)  ...  :-( Unofficial Transcript:

«Thank you Madame Chair, Ms. Ferner. Concerning the guidelines for medical experts from the summer 2016. They include that surgical intervention for intersex children must not be performed before the children themselves can give their consent, so before they're able to give their consent, and on the same time their families, their parents should be peer counselled.

So when you see these guidelines in combination with the regulations, our German Civil Code that includes the sterilisation ban, and also the German Criminal Code with regard to FGM, and we have the current legislative situation that surgical interventions which are not necessary are prohibited in Germany.

The interministerial working group dealt with this in great detail, the outcome paper is expected in the summer of 2017 according to the current status of discussion.

We - our tendency is based on the legislative situation and survey that we've conducted, so we believe that it is important to have a mandatory counselling mechanism.

We want to ensure that all parents of intersex children receive counselling, so this does not mean that a surgical intervention, that - well this ensures that surgical intervention that aims at making the appearance of the child more male or female is prohibited already.

So the interministerial working group dealt with that and addressed this issue and as I've said we are still expecting the outcome paper, but there is also a legal expert report and opinion on the situation of trans and intersex people, and one of the results of this opinion is that because of the short time of expiry and limitation claims of compensation have usually expired.

So we would really have to go into this and find out how this can be solved. There's no conclusive result yet.»

12:47h (@2:46): CEDAW country rapporteur Patricia Schulz again follows up on prohibition of IGM ... YAY!!  :-) Unofficial Transcript:

«Yes, a very short question regarding, coming back to intersex persons. I mean, if I understand rightly, you have the necessary legal background to prevent those operations from taking place. The statistics we have been given from alternative sources refer to 1700 cases per year a no diminution. So how can we put together the legal background that you refer to and this reality? Thank you.»

12:48h (@2:47): German Head of Delegation Elke Ferner claims again prohibition on IGM to be already in place (flasely claiming the non-binding medical guidelines were intalled “at the end of 2016 only”, instead of in summer 2016), so now first they'll have to wait for the 2017 statistics, and if IGM still doesn't decrease, they'd have to “talk to the doctors again” ... :-o Unofficial Transcript (simultaneous translation from German):

«Miss Blomeyer just said that the directive was enforced in – at the end of 2016 only.

So, once we have the figures for 2017 at the end of the year or in early 2018, once we have the figures for 2017, we will be able to see whether the numbers still haven't diminished.

And if that is the case, we will have to get in touch with the medical associations again, because we assume that the surgical interventions that have been taken place so far, were not all necessary to save lives.»

12:52h: Moving on to the 2nd part of the convention, trans persons ...

Session 2: 15-17h CET

16:48h (@1:47): Ruth Halperin-Kaddari follows up once more on IGM, criticises “evasive answers”, and that Germany could be expected to do better ...YAY!!  :-) Unofficial Transcript:

«And I have to express also the wonder, this is related to the question that I raised in the morning session about the possibility of allocating a compensation fund to people who had previously undergone the intersex surgery involuntarily and the recommendation that was given to compensate them, and again, the answer was somehow evasive of the issues, and with all due respect, I think Germany is a country from which we can expect some - I'm sorry for missing the proper word, but going forward in these cases, even if the strict letter of the law maybe is not necessarily required that.»

16:56h (@1:55): German Head of delegation Elke Ferner once more declares she can't say more on compensation because of “ongoing discussions” ... :-( Unofficial Transcript (simultaneous translation from German):

«Regarding the compensation fund for victims of non-reversible surgeries, like I already said, we are at the moment still deliberating within the inter-ministerial working group, we are still discussing whether there will be such a fund. We simply haven't arrived at a decision yet, so that is why I'm unable to give a very specific answer to your question today.»

>>> CEDAW66 > Joint NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Germany 
>>> UN Press Release 20.02.2017: "Intersex Genital Mutilation in Germany"
>>> "Germany: The Practice of Intersex Genital Mutilation" - UN Press Release 21.02.2017  

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Germany: StopIGM.org 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Germany  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (519 kb)

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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

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) 

Tuesday 21 February 2017

"Germany: The Practice of Intersex Genital Mutilation" - UN Press Release 21.02.2017

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> UN Press Release: «[...] Germany was asked to explain what was being done to prohibit the practice of intersex genital mutilation on infants – still carried on some 1,700 children every year - and postpone this irreversible surgery until the child was old enough to give consent. [...]

Questions from the Experts

[...] Another Expert raised concern about the continued practice of intersex genital mutilation on infants, which could not be justified and must be postponed until the child was old enough to express his or her wishes.  This procedure was carried on some 1,700 intersex children every year. 

Who decided the best interest of the child in such cases?  Germany should adopt the provision which would authorise only life-saving procedures until the child was old enough, and also consider the use of the mechanism of the child advocate. [...]

Responses by the Delegation

[....] Small steps forward had been taken in relation to the practice of intersex genital mutilation.  The care guidance had been issued which prohibited all irreversible medical interventions prior to the child coming of an age to express consent.  The exception was a life-saving procedure, or the best interest of the child, for example if a child was suicidal. [...] The delegation said that Germany was still discussing whether to establish a fund for the compensation of victims of intersex genital mutilation.»
  

>>> VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Germany Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations
>>>
CEDAW66 > Joint NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Germany  

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Germany: StopIGM.org 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Germany  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (519 kb)

Monday 20 February 2017

CEDAW66 > NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Germany - Joint Statement by StopIGM.org and OII Germany

>>> German

>>> VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: UN-CEDAW Questions Germany over IGM Practices
>>> UN Press Release 20.02.2017: "Intersex Genital Mutilation in Germany"
>>> "Germany: The Practice of Intersex Genital Mutilation" - UN Press Release 21.02.2017

UN-CEDAW 66th Session, 20.02.2017: Intersex human rights defenders (l.t.r.) Ins A Kromminga (OII Germany),
Claudia Kasper (StopIGM.org), Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) after the NGO briefing. Photo: Markus Bauer.

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAt the 66th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Germany is to be reviewed on its track record of the implementation of women's rights on Tue 21 February 2017.  >>> Video + Intersex Transcript

Beforehand Intersex NGOs had a possibility to brief CEDAW.
>>> VIDEO: Archived livecast of the entire NGO briefing 

The 2-minutes StopIGM.org and OII Germany Joint oral statement (PDF) on IGM practices in Germany:

Claudia Kasper (StopIGM.org) (@12min):

“Thank you, Madame Chair.

I'm a German intersex person and an IGM survivor. As a child I had trouble sitting down because it hurt between my legs. As a teenager I was forced to take hormones, causing chronic inflammation of my genital and foul-smelling discharge.

I never had a sexual relationship. I never had access to my medical record.
I never had a chance to justice. Many of my peers have it even worse.

As shown in our reports [1], in Germany all forms of Intersex Genital Mutilation persist, paid for by the state, including selective abortion, prenatal therapy and denial of needed health care.

New studies [2] prove the number of genital surgeries and sterilising procedures did not decrease, with partial clitoris amputations most common on children under one year.

IGM in Germany has already been considered by CAT and CRPD as “ill-treatment”, urging the State party to “adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the victims”. [3]

Also this Committee [4] already considered IGM as a “harmful practice”, referring to the CEDAW-CRC Joint general recommendation 31.

For more than 20 years [5] all the government does is talk and talk. As intersex persons and IGM survivors we finally want to see actions, including on prohibition under criminal law, access to redress and justice, and abolition of statutes of limitations.

Thank you for listening.”

[1] StopIGM.org (for the session):
     http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CEDAW-Germany-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM.pdf
     OII Germany (for the session):
     http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CEDAW/Shared%20Documents/DEU/INT_CEDAW_NGO_DEU_26315_E.pdf
     StopIGM.org (for PSWG):
     http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2016-CEDAW-Germany-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM.pdf
     StopIGM.org (oral statement PSWG):
     http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/PSWG-CEDAW66-Germany-NGO-Statement-StopIGMorg-DTruffer.pdf
[2] Ulrike Klöppel: Zur Aktualität kosmetischer Operationen „uneindeutiger“ Genitalien im Kindesalter. ZtG Texte 42:
     https://www.gender.hu-berlin.de/de/publikationen/gender-bulletins/texte-42/kloeppel-2016_zur-aktualitaet-kosmetischer-genitaloperationen
     Anike Krämer (M.A.), Prof. Dr. Katja Sabisch, Dr. med. Jörg Woweries: Varianten der Geschlechtsentwicklung –
     die Vielfalt der Natur. Kinder- und Jugendarzt. 47. Jg. (2016) Nr. 5/16: http://www.vlsp.de/files/pdf/kraemer2016.pdf
[3] C
AT/C/DEU/CO/5, para 20; CRPD/C/DEU/CO/1, paras 37-38.
[4] CEDAW/C/CHE/CO/4-5 paras 38-39; CEDAW/C/FRA/CO/7-8, paras 17e-f+18e-f;
     CEDAW/C/NLD/CO/6 paras 21-22, 23-24.
[5] StopIGM.org: NGO Report CRPD Germany 2015, p. 17-19: http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2015-CRPD-LoI-Germany_NGO-Report_Zwischengeschlecht_Intersex-IGM.pdf

UN-CEDAW 66th Session @ Palais des Nations, 20.02.2017: Intersex human rights defenders Ins A Kromminga
(OII Germany), Claudia Kasper (StopIGM.org), Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org). Photo: Markus Bauer.

>>> VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: UN-CEDAW Questions Germany over IGM Practices
>>> UN Press Release 20.02.2017: "Intersex Genital Mutilation in Germany"
>>> "Germany: The Practice of Intersex Genital Mutilation" - UN Press Release 21.02.2017

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Germany: StopIGM.org 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Germany  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (519 kb)

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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) 

"Intersex Genital Mutilation in Germany as a Harmful Treatment" - UN Press Release 20.02.2017

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> UN Press Release: «Germany [...] A representative of the Non-governmental Organization Coalition on behalf of StopIGM.org and OII Germany said that all forms of intersex genital mutilation persisted in Germany, supported by public funds.  Several human rights treaty bodies considered intersex genital mutilation in Germany as a harmful treatment and urged Germany to prohibit the practice in the criminal law, ensure access to justice to survivors, and lift the statute of limitations.»   >>> Full Joint Statement 

>>> VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Germany Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations
>>>
CEDAW66 > Joint NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Germany 

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Germany: StopIGM.org 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Germany  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (519 kb)

Saturday 18 February 2017

CEDAW66 > UN Press Release on Review of Ireland mentions "Intersex Genital Mutilation"

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> The UN press release on the review of Ireland by the Committee on the Elimination of the Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) summarises the question on Intersex Genital Mutilations by CEDAW expert Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, as well as the embarrassing (non-)reply by Irish delegate Kieran Smyth (Department of Health):

« Questions by Experts

On stereotypes and harmful practices [...] 

Intersex genital mutilation was still practiced in Ireland, causing life-long pain and suffering.  Ireland had been asked to prohibit that harmful practice, so what was the current status?  What measures were being taken to eradicate female genital mutilation, including the adoption of a plan as proposed by civil society organizations? [....]

Replies by the Delegation

Responding to questions on stereotypes and harmful practices [...] Every year, two to three intersex children were born, who were transferred to specialist hospitals for detailed assessment and support to the parents.  Only medically necessary treatments, which might include surgery, were performed; any other surgeries were undertaken only with the full consensus of medical experts and the parents. [...]»

>>> FULL TRANSCRIPT: Ireland questioned by CEDAW on IGM practices – Gov denies!
>>>
CEDAW66 > NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland
>>>
Communiqué de l'ONU > Mutilations Genitales Intersexes en Irlande

>>> "Harmful Practice": UN-CRC Reprimands Ireland for Intersex Genital Mutilations

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Ireland: 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Ireland  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (248 kb)

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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) 

CEDAW66 > TRANSCRIPT: Ireland Questioned by UN over Intersex Genital Mutilations – Gov Denies – Again!

>>> CEDAW66 > NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland
>>>
UN Press Release on Review of Ireland mentions "Intersex Genital Mutilation"
>>>
Communiqué de l'ONU > Mutilations Genitales Intersexes en Irlande

UN-CEDAW 66th Session @ Palais des Nations 15.02.2017, 09:51h: Getting ready ...

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookToday it's the turn of Ireland to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations at the 66th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Wed 15 February 10-13h CET + 15-17h CET   >>> archived webcast 
StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE
from Palais des Nations in Geneva, expecting tough questions, and yet another reprimand for IGM at the end of the session on 3 March.

Session 1: 10-13h

10:50h: YAY!! CEDAW Committee expert Ruth Halperin-Kaddari just asked a question on “IGM” under "harmful practices” (art. 5), calling “IGM ... the practice of non consensual involuntary surgical and other treatment to "masculinise" or "feminise" intersex children” a “very disturbing phenomenon ... still practiced in ireland ... causing lifelong pain and suffering”, which “other UN bodies have recognised as harmful practices” and called Ireland “to eradicate”it. :-) Unofficial Transcription:

«Another very disturbing phenomenon that comes from stereotypes and entrenched gender identities is the – what seems to be still ongoing in Ireland and – is the practice of IGM, namely the non-consensual or involuntary surgical or other medical intervention to quote unquote "masculinise" or "feminise" intersex children, so as to assign them to one specific sex, and it's still practiced in Ireland as we understand causing lifelong pain and suffering for many children. It was recognised by other human rights treaty bodies as harmful practices and Ireland was called to eradicate this practice. Please inform us on any steps in that direction.

Another harmful practice which Ireland seems to be tackling rather well but still I have a question about that, is the FGM the Female Genital Mutilation […] »

12:08h: Irish delegate Kieran Smyth (Principal Officer, Department of Health, Research & Development and Health Analytics Division, Dublin) just "replied" to the question on IGM with the obligatory gov denial ... rejecting the term IGM ... claiming only 2-3 cases “with ambiguity” per year at Our Lady's Children's Hospital ... “only medically necessary surgery” would take place after “unanimous decision” by medical team and parents in the “best interest” of the child ... :-( Unofficial Transcription:

«I'd in fact like to turn to the issue of intersex more correctly used terminology rather than IGM. Intersex is a umbrella term to denote a number of different variations in bodily characteristics that do not match strict medical definitions of male or female.

Approximately 2 to 3 children per year are born in Ireland with ambiguous genitalia. These neonates are commonly referred to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, as it is the centre with a full range of specialists to assist with the diagnoses of the cause of the ambiguity. The hospital counsels parents and supports them in every way while the interdisciplinary team carries out a full assessment.

Only when all the facts are known does the hospital sit down with the family and work out what is the best interest now and into the future for the child. These meetings involve a senior paediatric endocrinologist, a senior paediatric urologist, the parents with the support from social worker and psychologist. Consent is taken as part of the consent protocols for the children's hospitals and this would include a discussion of the risks and benefits of the proposed treatments and alternatives.

It is very important to emphasise that only medically necessary treatment which may include surgery will be performed. The decision for any medically necessary surgery to be performed  will only be taken after a unanimous decision of the consultants and of the parents.

I'd now like to turn to the separate, entirely separate issue of Female Genital Mutilation [...]»

>>> "Harmful Practice": UN-CRC Reprimands Ireland for Intersex Genital Mutilations
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CEDAW66 > UN Press Release on Ireland mentions "Intersex Genital Mutilation"
>>> CEDAW66 > NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland
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CEDAW66 > Communiqué de l'ONU > Mutilations Genitales Intersexes en Irlande

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Ireland: 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Ireland  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (248 kb)

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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) 

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Communiqué de l'ONU > Mutilations Genitales Intersexes en Irlande

UN-CEDAW 66ième Session @ Palais des Nations, 13.02.2017: Daniela Truffer avant l'audition des ONG.

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> Communiqué de presse de l'ONU du 13.02.2017:

« Le Comité pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes auditionne la société civile sur la situation dans quatre pays

[...] StopIGM a considéré que les mutilations génitales étaient pratiquées régulièrement en Irlande, notamment à l’encontre des personnes intersexuées. »

>>> NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland (13.02.2017)

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Ireland: 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Ireland  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (248 kb)

CEDAW66 > NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland

UN-CEDAW 66th Session @ Palais des Nations, 13.02.2017: Committee experts arriving for the NGO meeting ...

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAt the 66th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Ireland is to be reviewed on its track record of the implementation of women's rights on Wed 15 February 2017. Beforehand NGOs had the possibility to brief CEDAW (>>> archived livecast of the entire briefing).

The 1-minute oral statement (PDF) on IGM practices in Ireland:

Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) (@ 30:27):

“Thank you, Madame Chair.

Intersex Genital Mutilations in Ireland have already been considered by CRC [1] as a “harmful practice”. Personal stories from Ireland prove that IGM causes lifelong severe pain and suffering.

As substantiated in our report [2], in Ireland all forms of IGM practices persist, advocated and paid for by the public Health Service Executive (HSE), and perpetrated in public university and children's hospitals with impunity, including partial clitoris amputation, “vaginoplasty” and sterilising procedures.

To this day, there is no law in Ireland to protect intersex children from IGM. The Irish Government simply denies this is a human rights issue, but claims, and I quote, “these decisions are taken on a medical basis”. [3]

This Committee [4] has already considered IGM as a “harmful practice”, referring to the Joint General Recommendation 31. This we're also asking for Ireland.

Thank you.”

[1] CRC/C/IRL/CO/3-4, paras 39-40
[2] http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CEDAW-Ireland-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM.pdf
[3] CRC 71st Session, 14 January 2016, see transcription: http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/Geneva-Ireland-Questioned-over-Intersex-Genital-Mutilations-by-UN-Committee-on-the-Rights-of-the-Child
[4] CEDAW/C/CHE/CO/4-5 paras 38-39; CEDAW/C/FRA/CO/7-8, paras 17e-f+18e-f; CEDAW/C/NLD/CO/6 paras 21-22, 23-24

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Ireland: 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Ireland  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (248 kb)

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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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) 

Saturday 11 February 2017

Intersex Protests London 24-28 March, UN and more

Intersex NGO Reports by StopIGM.org for the 66th Session of the UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW) + CAT60

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookNewsletter 1/2017 by StopIGM.org, 12 February 2017:

  1. Intersex Protests London 24-28 March
  2. UN-CEDAW to investigate IGM in Ireland, Germany 13-21 Feb
  3. BanFGM Conference condemns IGM
  4. UN-CRC to investigate IGM in Denmark
  5. UN-CAT to investigate IGM in New Zealand, Luxemburg
  6. Intersex Protests Copenhagen 29 June – 1 July

Dear friends of the Intersex Movement

1. Intersex Protests London 24-28 March

SAVE THE DATE: 24-28 March the "European Association of Urology (EAU)" and 13 more international urology bodies will gather in London for the "32nd EAU2017 Annual Congress", where IGM perpetrators from around the globe will advocate various forms of Intersex Genital Mutilations, and present the "EAU Hans Marberger Award 2017" in honour of the infamous Austrian amputator of "enlarged clitorises". StopIGM.org will organise non-violent protests against the "EAU2017" and local IGM perpetrators and enablers.

2. UN-CEDAW to investigate IGM in Ireland, Germany 13-21 Feb

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) will investigate IGM practices in Ireland and Germany during its 66th session in Geneva. StopIGM.org submitted thematic NGO reports, substantiating the ongoing practice in both countries despite government denials. The reviews of Ireland (Wed 15 Feb from 10:00h CET) and Germany (Tue 21 Feb from 10:00h CET) and other public hearings will be transmitted live. For more info, see intersex.shadowreport.org. We are expecting CEDAW to sternly reprimand both countries for harmful practices against intersex children at the end of the 66th session (3 March).

3. BanFGM Conference condemns IGM

StopIGM.org's Daniela Truffer was invited to the international BanFGM Conference organised by No Peace without Justice (NPWJ) and the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) in Rome 30 Jan – 1 Feb to talk on "Combatting Intersex Genital Mutilation". The presentation was very well received, and as a result the Final Declaration of the Conference co-signed by African and Italian Ministers and international human rights representatives explicitly mentioned "intersex genital mutilations". For more info, see StopIGM.org.

4. UN-CRC to investigate IGM in Denmark

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) drafted questions for Denmark during its 76th Pre-Sessional Working Group (6 – 10 Feb). StopIGM.org submitted a thematic NGO report substantiating the ongoing practice in Denmark despite government pinkwashing, and is expecting tough questions on IGM practices for Denmark to be published soon. For more infos see intersex.shadowreport.org.

5. UN-CAT to investigate IGM in New Zealand, Luxemburg

During its 60th session (17 April – 12 May) the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) will draft questions for New Zealand and Luxemburg. StopIGM.org submitted reports substantiating the practice in both countries to be published at a later date, and is expecting tough questions on IGM for both states.

6. Intersex Protests Copenhagen 29 June – 1 July

SAVE THE DATE: 29 June – 1 July "I-DSD" in collaboration with "DSDnet" will organise the "6th International DSD Symposium" at the well-know IGM perpetrator clinic "Rigshospitalet (University of Copenhagen)". StopIGM.org will organise non-violent protests.


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

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

Kind regards

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

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

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!

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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)

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