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Sunday 19 November 2017

Europe: Hermaphrodites recognized and protected by law for over 1000 years

All humans are male, female, or hermaphrodite. - Summa artis notariae Do. Rolandini Rodulphini, Lyon 1559

“All humans are male, female, or hermaphrodite”: That's what many, many generations of students, future lawyers, administrators and notaries learned when they studied the first few pages of their compulsory readings at a medieval or early modern university.
Source: Rolandino de‘ Passageri (ca. 1215-1300), “Summa artis notariae” (= Law text book), Bologna ca. 1255 (here: Reprint Lyon 1559).  >>> More info

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Hermaphrodites were recognized and protected by european civil and canon (=church) laws for more than 1000 years – STOP ERASING INTERSEX HISTORY!

"The idea that hermaphrodites in premodern Europe were persecuted on a regular base […] is still a common misconception. Indeed, it may be called a myth, and in several cases, this myth is quoted to support a dangerous narrative of progress: if hermaphrodites were killed as prodigies in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and adult hermaphrodites were persecuted in the later Middle Ages and in the 16th and 17th centuries, so the argument runs, then the Englightenment model that there were no ‚true‘ hermaphrodites was great progress; true, it re-defined double-sexed humans as ‚pseudo-hermaphrodites‘, but this pathologicalisation was still better than persecuting them, wasn’t it?"  >>> Christof Rolker (2016): fulltext

See also:
- The Racist Roots of Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)
- Academic Complicity in IGM Practices
- Instrumentalizing intersex: "The fact that LGBTs in particular embrace intersex is due to an excess of projection" - Georg Klauda (2002)   

Monday 13 November 2017

Denmark: UN slams intersex genital mutilation - again!

Photo: Noviolent Intersex Protest #6 + Open Letter vs. 6th I-D$D, Rigshospitalet et al., Copenhagen 01.07.2017

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, 13.11.2017:

The UN Child Rights Committee condemns involuntary genital surgery on intersex children in Denmark as a “harmful practice” (just like FGM), dismissing Government claims Denmark would only be “helping intersex children”. Denmark was already reprimanded by the UN Committee against Torture in 2015. Intersex NGOs demand immediate legislative action to protect intersex children.

During its 76th Session in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) examined intersex genital mutilation in Danish University Children's Hospitals. The Committee's now published “Concluding observations” dated 26 October 2017 (= Intersex Awareness Day) unmistakably condemn “ongoing surgical interventions on intersex children” the lack of “redress to the child victims of such treatment”, and the lack of “adequate counselling and support for families with intersex children” (CRC/C/DNK/CO/5, full reprimand + download see below).

On the same counts, Denmark has already been reprimanded by the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), which in 2016 condemned unnecessary genital surgery on intersex children as a “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” falling under the prohibition of torture.

So far, not only the Danish Government, but also most Danish National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are still feigning ignorance of the human rights implications of intersex genital mutilation, or even continue to defend IGM, for example when questioned by CRC in Geneva:

“Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping intersex children through genital surgery” (Danish UN Delegation, Geneva 15 June 2017)

International intersex NGO StopIGM.org and Danish intersex advocate Ditte Dyreborg (EAHOO) provided CRC with evidence of the ongoing practice in public children's hospitals allover Denmark and of the involvement of Danish doctors in international IGM Networks.

Intersex advocates warmly welcome these renewed strong reprimands for Denmark – and demand immediate action!

Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org): “Governments and parliaments must finally introduce effective legislation to end intersex genital mutilation on the public health system. Perpetrators must be prosecuted and punished. IGM survivors must get equal access to redress and justice.”

We particularly appreciate that the Committee unmistakably considered IGM in Denmark as a “harmful cultural practice” (art. 24 (3) CRC) – just like female genital mutilation (FGM) –, and explicitly obliged Denmark to

“undertake investigation of incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex children without informed consent and adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the child victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation (CRC/C/DNK/CO/5, para 24 (c))

Intersex genital mutilation (IGM) is a serious violation of non-derogable human rights and MUST STOP!

Kind regards

Daniela Truffer, Markus Bauer / StopIGM.org       Ditte Dyreborg / EAHOO
 

Denmark: Full Binding CRC76 Intersex Recommendations
>>> Download:
CRC/C/DNK/CO/5, 26 October 2017, on intersex: para 24
>>> Transcript + Video: Denmark questioned over IGM – Gov denies
>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark
– Thematic NGO Report: PDF
>>> IGM in Denmark - Government Fails to Act
, NGO Update: PDF

 
D.  Violence against children (arts. 19, 24 (3), 28 (2), 34, 37 (a) and 39)

[...]

Harmful practices [art. 24 (3)]

24. In view of ongoing surgical interventions on intersex children, the Committee recommends that the State party:

   (a)  Ensure that no one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood, guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination for the children concerned and provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support;

   (b)  Develop and implement a child rights-based health-care protocol for intersex children, setting out the procedures and steps to be followed by health teams;

   (c)  Undertake investigation of incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex children without informed consent and adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the child victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation;

   (d)  Educate and train medical and psychological professionals on the range of sexual and related biological and physical diversity and on the consequences of unnecessary surgical and other medical interventions for intersex children.

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark - Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>> Transcript + Video: Denmark questioned over IGM – Gov denies
>>>
CRC76 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics
>>> CRC76 > UN Press Release calls IGM survivors "transsexual children" 
>>> CRC76 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”

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

“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...
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!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Sunday 5 November 2017

Instrumentalizing intersex: "The fact that LGBTs in particular embrace intersex is due to an excess of projection" - Georg Klauda (2002)

Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation! Fifteen years ago, the German solidary gay sociologist Georg Klauda published his groundbreaking analysis on the psychological background of the ever-increasing instrumentalization of Intersex genital mutilation as a means to an end by third interest groups, specifically to advance LGBT, civil status and gender politics. Like the similarly groundbreaking study on intersex appropriation in academic teaching and research by Emi Koyama and Lisa Weasel, also published in 2002 (fulltext PDF), and Raven Kaldera's pioneering 2001 publication (fulltext) and Chris Somers' 2002 article (PDF --> p. 20), Klauda's hardly surprising findings are consistently ignored by the appropriators and swept under the carpet at every turn, even though this makes them even more complicit in the ongoing genital mutilation of defenseless intersex children – how much longer?!

To raise awareness of this issue, StopIGM.org presents an english translation of key excerpts of Georg Klauda's shocking findings of LGBT persons and groups instrumentalizing intersex:

Georg Klauda: "About the Mutilation of Hermaphrodites"
Presentation 31.10.2002 @ House of Democracy and Human Rights, Berlin
(German fulltext | Print version | PDF

«When we talk about the mutilation of hermaphrodites, as I will do in the following, it makes sense to consider the danger of projection. We tend to perceive things only in a coordinate system that we are familiar with, and to project problems onto an object that are not the same as those of the object itself. When we then begin to talk about the topic, whether as journalists, academics or political activists, there is a danger that the problems we construct will mask the voices of those who want to report first-hand on their experiences.

Such forms of projection have been taking place for some years now in the field of genital mutilation of hermaphrodites. [...]

I say this because there is a phenomenon to subsume hermaphrodites under such newer signs as queer and transgender. Such a de-differentiation is only beneficial to medicine, because it hides the specific problems of each particular group, on the one hand, and on the other hand because it reissues the concept of the Third Gender from the early 20th century, which is based on sexual medicine. [...]

I think that hermaphrodites find themselves in this scenario only remotely, because they are not concerned with their self-definition, but with ending an invasive medical practice. Therefore often it is not themselves, but transsexuals as well as lesbians and gays who represent hermaphrodites in public. The fact that they in particular embrace this topic is due to an excess of projection. They do not see that their own set of problems, i. e. the problem of coming out and social recognition, is not that of hermaphrodites. They do not see that the unwanted adoption of hermaphrodites by the lesbian, gay and trans movement is tantamount to blindsiding and colonization, and is morally unacceptable because it masks the actual concerns of people with a medical experience of violence. [...]

The queer and transgender models also create colonization cascades: lesbians and gays colonize transsexuals, transsexuals colonize transgenders, transgenders colonize hermaphrodites. [...]

We will therefore have to get used to addressing hermaphrodites not as members of a minority but, in their own opinion, as victims of medical torture. [...]»

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

See also:
- Academic Complicity in IGM Practices
- UK: Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups
- Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics
- Australia: LGBT group misappropriating intersex funds - again! :-(
- "You shouldn't always talk about the surgeries!" 

Wednesday 1 November 2017

CH, LU > Des mutilateurs d'enfants intersexes posant comme sauveurs

Suisse: Intersex-Protest + Open Letter to Minister Sommaruga + Fed Gov on on Human Rights Day, 10.12.2015

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Après une visite d'État de Simonetta Sommaruga (PS), ministre de la Justice Suisse, à son homologue luxembourgeois Félix Braz (Verts), les deux ministères ont publié des communiqués de presse [Suisse | Luxembourg (fr)], dans lesquels ils affirment insolemment que le but de la visite était supposément, entre autres, d'améliorer la situation des personnes présentant des variantes sexuelles (intersexes), ce qui a ensuite été répété sans le remettre en question dans divers médias [ Français: Tribune de Genève, 360° | Allemand: Blick, Watson ].

Le groupe de défense des droits de l'homme Zwischengeschlecht.org note que dans les deux pays, les enfants intersexes continuent d'être systématiquement mutilés aux génitaux peu après leur naissance, ces violations graves des droits de l'homme étant financées dans les deux pays directement par les Etats concernés, par exemple en Suisse par l'assurance invalidité (IV).

C'est pourquoi la Suisse a déjà été condamnée sans équivoque à quatre reprises ces dernières années par des organes de l'ONU (Comité des droits de l'enfant, 2015; Comité contre la torture, 2015; Comité des droits de la femme, 2016; Comité des droits de l'homme, 2017). Malgré cela, les deux gouvernements, y compris leurs ministères de la justice, continuent de permettre aux auteurs de mutiler en toute impunité et même de les protéger.

Zwischengeschlecht.org condamne la complicité des deux Etats dans l'actuelle mutilation génitale des enfants intersexes et l'hypocrisie que les dirigeants politiques veulent maintenant agir en tant qu'assistants des personnes intersexes en excluant les violations massives des droits de l'homme selon un modèle connu, et encore une fois contraire aux faits réduire la souffrance des personnes intersexes à des questions d'identité de genre et de l'état civil, et à continuer à les approprier politiquement sous discrimination et les «questions LGBT» pour distraire l'attention de leur complicité.

L'ONU condamne les mutilations génitales sur les bébés intersexes (MGI)
Le Parlament Européen condamne les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes (MGI)
MGI en Suisse : “Traitement du passé” par la destruction des dossiers
« Je ne suis pas un monstre » : Mutilateurs des bébés intersexes à Luxembourg
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 28 October 2017

USA Recognise Intersex Awareness Day 2017 - Mutilations Continue ...

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity' Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookOn 26 October 2017, the US State Department issued a press release, proclaiming "solidarity with intersex persons and their advocates around the world" and "recogniz[ing] that intersex persons face violence [...]. At a young age, intersex persons routinely face forced medical surgeries without free or informed consent. These interventions jeopardize their physical integrity and ability to live freely", as well as calling for "[i]ncreased recognition, understanding and awareness of intersex persons and their human rights [...]."

Predictably, the State Department however did NOT call for legislation to criminalise or adequately sanction Intersex Genital Mutilation and to ensure access to redress and justice for survivors, but merely "reaffirm[ed] our strong commitment to promoting a world where all persons can freely and equally express themselves with dignity [...]."

My 2 cents: Let's face it, the Obama administration threw intersex children under the bus (in favour of LGBT and transgender rights). So far, regarding intersex children, the Trump administration fares no different.

How much longer?! DEEDS, NOT WORDS!!!

See also:
- Celebrating Intersex Awareness Day 2017
- Intersex Awareness Day: 'Boston '96 was a PROTEST!'

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

Thursday 26 October 2017

Celebrating Intersex Awareness Day 2017

Photo: Noviolent Intersex Protest #4 + Open Letter vs. 6th I-D$D et al., Copenhagen University 30.06.2017

Human Rights For Hermaphrodites Too!Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook26 October is Intersex Awareness Day.
This year, we are kicking back – and celebrate:

• 10 years of Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

25+ UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations

• 125+ Nonviolent Intersex Protests

• 250+ Media Appearances to Raise Awareness

We wish everyone a happy Intersex Awareness Day 2017!

Hermaphrodites With Attitude, Boston 26.10.1996On 26 October, Intersex People, Survivors, Partners, Families, Friends and Allies around the globe celebrate Intersex Awareness Day, commemorating the very first INTERSEX PROTEST in Boston in 1996 against the Annual Convention of the American Academy of Padiatrics (AAP), and in support of over 20 Years of Organised Struggle to End INTERSEX GENITAL MUTILATIONS.

See also:
- IAD 2016: Soon 20 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations!
- Intersex Awareness Day 2015: Nonviolent Intersex Protest @ Zurich State Parliament
- 'Boston '96 was a PROTEST!' Happy 10th Intersex Awareness Day 2013!

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

“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
25+ UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting ...
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!

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Tuesday 10 October 2017

UK, Morocco > UN slams intersex genital mutilation on the NHS – again!

Photo: Nonviolent Intersex Protest vs. '4th I-D$D Symposium', Glasgow, 09.06.2013: Video | Report | Open Letter

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, IntersexUK, UK Intersex Association, 09.10.2017:

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity' UN Disability Rights Committee condemns involuntary genital surgery on intersex children in the UK and Morocco. Also reprimands UK for misallocation of intersex funding. Intersex NGO Coalition demands immediate legislative action.

During its 18th Session in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) examined intersex genital mutilation in NHS clinics. The Committee's now published 'Concluding observations' unmistakably condemn 'involuntary medical treatment' of intersex persons on the NHS including 'forced sterilisation' and 'corrective' genital surgery, lack of 'equal access to justice' for victims, and the lack of consultation and effective participation of intersex organisations in decision-making processes concerning policies and legislation affecting them (CRPD/C/GBR/CO/1, full reprimand to the UK + download see below).

On the first two counts, the UK has already been reprimanded by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which in 2016 condemned unnecessary genital surgery on intersex children as a 'harmful practice' (just like FGM).

On occasion of the 18th CRPD session, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities also obliged Morocco to 'prohibit and criminalise' involuntary surgeries on intersex personsand to 'raise awareness of such practices as harmful' (CRPD/C/MAR/CO/1, full reprimand to Morocco + download see below).

Intersex NGOs IntersexUK, The UK Intersex Association, StopIGM.org and intersex advocate Leslie Jaye provided CRPD with evidence of the ongoing practice allover the UK, personal testimony to the lifelong severe pain and suffering caused by IGM, and salient examples of intersex government funding being paid out to 3rd party LGBT organisations instead, or to "LGBTI" organisations without acual intersex representation and expertise, while intersex organisations continue to remain unfunded.

The intersex NGO Coalition warmly welcomes these renewed strong reprimands for the UK – and demands immediate action:

'Governments and parliaments must finally introduce effective legislation to end intersex genital mutilation on the NHS. Perpetrators must be prosecuted and punished. IGM survivors must get equal access to redress and justice. And funding designated to support intersex organisations must no longer be misallocated to 3rd party groups.'

In Geneva, the UK tried in vain to sidestep Committee experts' questions on intersex and IGM. Thankfully, CRPD Chairperson Theresia Degener refused to have the wool pulled over her eyes, but called the UK's bluff:

'You answered on female genital mutilation, but I was talking about intersex genital mutilation. And while it is commendable to give 45'000 pounds to the LGBTI community, it does not mean that this money reaches intersex persons and that the harmful practices which I mentioned yesterday, which this Committee and other Treaty Body Committees consider as ill-treatment and in some instances as torture, will be stopped, and I'm afraid that giving some money to civil society is not enough in order to stop serious human rights violations.'    >>> Full transcript + video

Intersex NGOs IntersexUK, The UK Intersex Association and StopIGM.org particularly appreciate that the Committee's 'Concluding observations' to the UK include no less than 3 different binding recommendations on intersex and IGM under 3 different sets of articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), namely under Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse (art. 16), Protecting the integrity of the person (art. 17) and General principles and obligations (arts. 1-4).

And we appreciate that the Committee also explicitly obliged Morocco inter alia to 'prohibit and criminalize the practice of corrective surgeries on intersex persons [...] in the absence of prior and informed consent' and to 'raise awareness of such practices as harmful'.

Intersex genital mutilation (IGM) is a serious violation of non-derogable human rights and MUST STOP!
 

United Kingdom: Full Binding CRPD18 Intersex Recommendations
>>> Download:
CRPD/C/GBR/CO/1, 3 October 2017, on intersex: paras 10-11, 38-41 
>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in the UK – Thematic NGO Report: DOC | PDF
>>> IGM in the UK - Gov Fails to Act + Testimony
, NGO Update: DOC | PDF
>>> UK Intersex NGO Coalition CRPD Statement 21.08.2017:
DOC | PDF

 
A.  General principles and obligations (arts. 1-4)

[...]

10. The Committee is concerned about:

   (a)  The challenges facing organizations of persons with disabilities, including organizations representing women, children and intersex persons with disabilities, in accessing support and being consulted and actively involved in the implementation of the Convention;

   (b)  The lack of sufficient mechanisms to ensure the effective participation of all organizations of persons with disabilities in decision-making processes concerning policies and legislation in all areas of the Convention, such as the strategy entitled “Fulfilling Potential: making it happen”.

11. The Committee recommends that the State party:

   (a)  Allocate financial resources to support organizations representing persons with disabilities, including women and children with disabilities, and develop mechanisms to ensure the inclusive, strategic and active involvement of organizations of persons with disabilities, including women, children and
intersex persons, in the planning and implementation of all legislation and measures that affect the lives of persons with disabilities;

   (b)  Establish mechanisms to secure the full participation of organizations of persons with disabilities in the design and implementation of strategic policies aimed at implementing the Convention across the State party, through objective, measurable, financed and monitored strategic action plans.

B.  Specific rights (arts. 5-30)

[...]

Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse (art. 16)

38. The Committee is concerned about abuse, ill-treatment, sexual violence and exploitation of women, children, intersex persons and elderly persons with disabilities, and the insufficient measures to prevent all forms of exploitation, violence and abuse against persons with disabilities. It is also concerned at reports of cases of disability hate crime, in the absence of consistent data collection and differences in legal provisions for sentencing different types of hate crime, particularly in England and Wales.

39. The Committee recommends that the State party, in close collaboration with organizations of persons with disabilities, and in line with target 16.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals:

   (a)  Establish measures to ensure equal access to justice and to safeguard persons with disabilities, particularly women, children,
intersex persons and elderly persons with disabilities from abuse, ill-treatment, sexual violence and exploitation;

   (b)  Define comprehensively the offence of disability hate crime, and ensure appropriate prosecutions and convictions;

   (c)  Ensure that all facilities and programmes designed to serve persons with disabilities are effectively monitored by independent authorities, in accordance with article 16 (3) of the Convention.

Protecting the integrity of the person (art. 17)

40. The Committee is concerned that persons with disabilities, including women, intersex persons, girls and boys, reportedly continue to be subjected to involuntary medical treatment, including forced sterilization and conversion surgeries.

41. The Committee recommends that the State party repeal all types of legislation, regulations and practices allowing any form of forced intervention or surgery, and ensure that the right to free, prior and informed consent to treatment is upheld and that supported decision-making mechanisms and strengthened safeguards are provided, paying particular attention to women, intersex persons, girls and boys.

   

Morocco: Full Binding CRPD18 Intersex Recommendations
>>> Download:
CRPD/C/MAR/CO/1, 25 September 2017, on intersex and IGM: paras 36-37

 
Protecting the integrity of the person (art. 17)

36.  The Committee notes with concern that persons with disabilities in the State party, particularly intersex persons with disabilities, are subjected to corrective surgeries and to the practice of forced sterilization, including forced chemical castration.

37.   The Committee recommends that the State party prohibit and criminalize the practice of corrective surgeries on intersex persons with disabilities, in the absence of prior and informed consent, and the practice of forced sterilization, including forced chemical castration. It also recommends that the State party raise awareness of such practices as harmful and strengthen mechanisms aimed at ensuring that the informed consent of persons with disabilities is given for any medical and surgical treatment.

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

See also:
26 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (CCPR) 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 8 October 2017

East Africa > Intersex Survey Documents Intersex Genital Mutilation, Infanticide, Abandonment, Expulsion in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda

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Human Rights For Hermaphrodites Too!A newly published >>> "Baseline Survey on intersex realities in East Africa – Specific focus on Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda" by SIPD Uganda documents serious human rights violation of intersex children including infanticide, intersex genital mutilation, abandonment and not being able to attend school. But also intersex adolescents and adults face ostracism, expulsion, harassment and curiosity rape, and intersex persons are often misrepresented as homosexuals. Ostracism, harassment and expulsion is also faced by parents of intersex children, particularly by mothers, who are considered to be witches or victims of witchcraft, and are abandoned by their husbands and in-laws.

Such massive abuses of intersex persons also in Africa have been recognised by the UN as a serious human rights violation, particularly by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Committee against Torture (CAT) and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRCPD), which already condemned such violations also in Africa (namely CRC regarding South Africa and CRPD regarding Morocco), but also by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), and also the Final declaration of the 2017 BanFGM Conference co-organised by the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) explicitly mentions “intersex genital mutilation” and called to “support and promote victims [...] through the provision of essential services (medical, psychological and legal) free of charge”!

Some key findings of the SIPD Ugands baseline survey (fulltext) on infanticide, expulsion, sexualised violence, intersex genital mutilation, superstition, denial of housing, denial of school education, and misrepresentation as homosexuals:

Infanticide, expulsion, sexualised violence

«In all three countries in this survey, namely, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya when an intersex child is born, the family treats the birth with extreme secrecy – with intervention strategies limited to close family members. In all the responses we received, families will isolate the child from the general public. As standard treatment, the mother of such a child will be frowned upon, and most intersex infants will be killed shortly after birth. Those who are not killed face different forms of discrimination – for example, in Uganda intersex teenagers are forced to drop out of school and live a disempowered and secret life, often subjecting them to sexual violence in terms of curiosity rape and other forms of sexual and physical harassment. In Kenya, the family will send the intersex teenager away from home and from the village to find anywhere else to live and caution them never to return. In Rwanda, a few intersex young people have sought refuge in Nyamirambo camp for LGBTI destitute people but have been forced to leave for lack of safety and relevant services. Some have resorted to suicide. Usually superstition loom large as families consult witchdoctors, mediums and traditional healers for a solution. What would appear to be a positive story is for a scanty number of intersex people born into wealthy families, who avail them with medical information and where needed sex re-assignment surgeries. Even in these cases, the doctors were quick to note that no one is sure if the surgeries done are the right ones or if they will prove useful to the intersex child later on in their life.»

Intersex Genital Mutilation:

«There are many children in Uganda who have had involuntary surgical procedures and it has been parents and doctors who have spearheaded this. A mother in Mukono district said [...] when this mother gave birth, the child had a very tiny penis that couldn’t be noticed. The husband wanted to know whether she gave birth to a boy or a girl and the in-laws were on her neck. There was an organization that helped her acquire medical help.It’s very unfortunate that the doctor who did the surgery didn’t tell her anything like implications and up today she is regretting why she made such a decision that her child should have a surgical procedure because what she was trying to protect, things just went worse as she was abandoned by the husband and the in-laws basing on all that happened since the surgery wasn’t a success but rather left emotional and physical scars.» (The full survey also contains photos of botched interventions – WARNING!)

Superstition, abandonment

«Women who give birth to intersex children are often considered to be witches or victims of witchcraft, and the intersex children are considered a bad omen to the family, which should be gotten rid of. The ridding takes the form of murders or abandonment. Many women are abandoned by their husbands and in-laws due to the news of such a birth. Most mothers of intersex children dump and abandon their intersex children for dead in pit latrines and lonely forest areas and run from their homes for fear of possible prejudice-driven crimes towards them by family or community members. It’s so unfortunate that the general East African society has always responded with denial, hostility and at best, silence, on these matters pertaining to sexual development and related health and rights concerns.»

«In Uganda if an intersex child is born in urban and rural areas of Uganda, it is considered to be a punishment for an offence the mother committed either in the present life or an earlier life. The child and the mother are expelled from the community, which is essential for survival. Therefore, many mothers kill their newborn baby, hoping that the child’s intersex remains undetected at the funeral, since other members of the community rarely touch the dead body during the funeral. And they continue to note that in Uganda we have failed to acknowledge that culture is not static it’s dynamic. This leading to sections of the communities all over the country to reproof intersex children as a population haunted by witch craft and as result basic care needs and health become a problems to these children in case they survive death.»

Denial of housing

«In Northern Uganda for example, intersex children are denied housing. They are separated from their siblings and put in remote huts on the peripheral of the homestead, further than where animals are kept. They argue that if this child is left to stay with siblings it’s very easy for this child to pass on the bad luck to other children in the family that are considered “normal”. There is another case in Rakai district where a child was moved from the main house and isolated in a small hut at the advice of the family’s in-laws. This was a measure to control the continuity of what is considered a bad omen in the family.

A typical homestead will have a main house and other sub houses. When an intersex child is born, they are removed from the main house and put into a small hut distanced from the main homestead to stop the bad omen affecting the entire family.»

Denial of school education

«The baseline found out that in Uganda and other East African countries, 90% of the intersex youth interviewed reported that they were forced to drop out of school because of the immense stigma and discrimination associated with the non-binary development of their intersex body.»

Misrepresentation as homosexuals

One intersex person in Masaka district was quoted saying: «“[..] [When] an intersex person passes [on the street], people will start arguing whether it’s a boy or a girl and consequently start to discuss his/her orientation and naming the intersex person all sorts of names. In fact since they fail in most cases to understand our bodies, they will think we are the ones who are the homosexuals.”»

>>> "Baseline Survey on intersex realities in East Africa – Specific focus on Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda" by SIPD Uganda

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

IGM on a Global Scale: 2015 UN-CRC Briefing
• IGM: A Survivor's Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy?  • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights  • Conclusion: IGM 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 3 October 2017

Intersex: How to Distinguish Medical Crimes from Health Care

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIGM = CRIME, Not 'Health Care' or 'Therapy'!It's important to challenge paediatricians and other actors trying to masquerade serious human rights violations as "legitimate medical therapy" – particularly now that IGM perpetrators are aware they're increasingly in the public spotlight, and as a result are doubling their efforts to muddying the waters.
However, with the wide range of different interventions on intersex children, and the many different forms of IGM practices, not every procedure is always easy to ascertain.

Nonetheless, in most cases this can be done quickly enough:

To determine whether a procedure performed on a child or person with intersex variations is legit or criminal, from an international human rights perspective it's helpful to differentiate between 1. medical crimes, 2. rehabilitation for survivors and 3. genuine intersex specific health care – and to examine if the procedure in question falls into one of these categories:

  1. Medical crimes = all involuntary, non-urgent procedures imposed because of an intersex variation, including sterilising, feminising, masculinising, surgical, hormonal and other procedures = serious violations of non-derogable human rights as recognised by UN Treaty bodies, including genital mutilation, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment falling under the prohibition of torture, harmful practices, non-consensual scientific and medical experimentation, institutionalised violence

  2. Rehabilitation = all voluntary procedures needed as a result of previous serious violations because of an intersex variation, including adequate trauma counselling = in itself also a non-derogable right

  3. Health care = all voluntary and/or urgent procedures needed because of an intersex variation, including adequate psychosocial and peer support for persons concerned and families

If one of the above categories applies, the nature of a procedure on a child or person with intersex variations can then be identified accordingly:

a)    If the procedure falls under 1., it's a medical crime (which according to international law must be investigated, perpetrators prosecuted and punished, and victims ensured access to redress and justice, including adequate compensation and as full rehabilitation as possible). 

b)    If the procedure falls under 2. or 3., it's legit.

Particularly in a human rights context, it's further important to note that despite that all procedures under 1.–3. invariably take place in health care settings, and despite that legit procedures under 2. Rehabilitation also do help stabilising or improving health and can (and should!) legitimaly be offered as health care, only if a procedure falls under 3., it's actually (intersex specific) health care and therefore a genuine health care issue, and ONLY THEN it should be framed and addressed accordingly.

On the other hand, all procedures falling under 1. Medical crimes or 2. Rehabilitation should NEVER be misrepresented as "health care issues", but MUST ALWAYS be correctly framed and addressed under overriding (!) serious violations of non-derogable human rights and the non-derogable obligation of states to protect every child and person from such serious violations including genital mutilation and cruel and inhuman treatment, and to ensure redress for victims, including access to justice, adequate compensation, and as full rehabilitation as possible, as enshrined in various international human rights treaties recognised as applicable by the relevant UN Treaty bodies, namely CAT, CRC, CCPR, CRPD and CEDAW (however not CESCR, which does not include non-derogable rights).

(And only after the overriding serious violations of non-derogable human rights because of IGM have been firmly established and addressed, thereafter the consequential implications of IGM also in lower-ranking human rights law and corresponding fields can then be addressed adequately, including implications on health care, which can then also be addressed according to the right to the highest attainable standard of health enshrined in various conventions, now also beyond the most relevant ones covering non-derogable rights, see above CAT, CRC, CCPR, CRPD, ...)

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

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 1 October 2017

Spain > 2 Days of Live Intersex Genital Mutilation - Unchallenged :-(

StopIGM.org has repeatedly exposed and challenged Live Intersex Genital Mutilators, for example in London (2011), Tübingen (2011) and Seligenstadt (2015, see photo).

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IGM = Mutilation, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!This weekend, international intersex genital mutilators met in Barcelona (Spain) at the "Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (Dpt. of Paediatric Surgery, Dpt. of Paediatric Urology)" for two days of "Live surgery" on children with "Disorders of Sex Development DSD XX", including 2 surgeries on children diagnosed as "CAH Prader IV" (usually translating to partial clitoris amputation and "vaginoplasty"), and one child submitted to "DSD XX Redo-surgery" (usually translating to more of the same).   >>> Announcement     >>> Programme (PDF)

Live genital mutilators and presenters included well-known perpetrators:

Prof. Dr. Pierre Moriquand (Lyon, France)
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Kalfa (Montpellier, France)
Prof. Dr. Abraham Cherian (London, UK)
Prof. Dr. Peter Cuckow (London, UK)
Dr. Rados Djinovic (Belgrade, Serbia)
Dr. Elena Arana (Barcelona, Spain)
Dr. Laura Audí (Barcelona, Spain)
Dr. Ana Coma (Barcelona, Spain)
Dr. Marino Asensio (Barcelona, Spain)

Unfortunately, this atrocity was allowed to happen unchallenged – because, as per usual, if StopIGM.org does not research, publicly denounce and challenge such perpetrators, no one else will anyway – but instead the perpetrators are simply allowed to continue mutilating defenceless children with impunity! :-(

How much longer?!

Intersex children at risk of being submitted to IGM deserve better!!!

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

See also:
Open Letter of Concern to '6th I-DSD Symposium' Copenhagen 2017
Open Letter of Concern to '55th ESPE' Paris 2016
Open Letter of Concern to '6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop', Seligenstadt 2015
Open Letter of Concern to '53rd ESPE' Dublin 2014
Open Letter of Concern to '4th WOFAPS' Berlin 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '9th Joint Meeting' (ESPE/LWPES) Milano 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium' Glasgow 2013
Open Letter of Concern to '51st Annual Meeting of ESPE' Leipzig 2012
Open Letter of Concern to '23rd ESPU' Zurich 2012
Open Letter of Concern to 'ISHID' Live Genital Mutilators London 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium' Lübeck 2011
Open Letter of Concern to '11th EMBL/EMBO Conference' Heidelberg 2010

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Intersex Genital Mutilation: "Denmark plans to continue this practice"

#UNCRC76 – Danish UN Delegation (non-)answering on intersex, Geneva 15 June 2017

«Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping intersex children through genital surgery to overcome functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a medical indication, and parents are always involved in the decision regarding the operation.»  >>> Full transcript + video

At the 76th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), when questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilation, the Danish delegation achieved a rare feat: Both denying and defending the practice at the same time! 

Hm, let's see:

Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation! «Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping HARMING intersex children through genital surgery MUTILATION to overcome PREVIOUSLY NON-EXISTING functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a BOGUS medical indication, and parents are always involved LIED TO in the decision regarding the operation.» 

There, Danish UN Delegation, fixed that for ya!

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark - Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>> CRC76 > VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Denmark Denies + Defends "Practice"!
>>>
CRC67 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics
>>> 
CRC67 > UN Press Release calls IGM survivors "transsexual children"
>>> 
CRC67 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”

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

Wednesday 20 September 2017

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

Intersex is NOT THE SAME as LGBT or SOGI  «Unfortunately, there are multiple, often interrelated harmful misconceptions about intersex still prevailing in public, notably if intersex and IGM are misrepresented as sexual orientation or gender identity issues. Regrettably, such misrepresentations seem to be on the rise also at the UN, for example in recent UN press releases and Summary records misrepresenting IGM as “sex alignment surgeries” (i.e. voluntary procedures on transsexual or transgender persons), IGM survivors as “transsexual children”, and intersex NGOs as “a group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex victims of discrimination” .»
2017 CRC76 Intersex Report Denmark (PDF), p. 3
 

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Unfortunately, on occasion of the review of Denmark during 76th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) not only once more an LGBT organisation wilfully instrumentalised the pain and suffering of IGM victims for their own interests – but now again (!) both (!!) the English and the French UN press release issued after the hearing in Geneva just added two more salient examples of the endless onslaught of such harmful and damaging misrepresentations:

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

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

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

Instrumentalising Intersex Is NOT A Victimless Crime!

How much longer?!

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

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark - Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>> CRC76 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”
>>> CRC76 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics

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

Friday 15 September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Session 1, Fri 15.09.2017, 10-13h CET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Session 2, Fri 15.09.2017, 15-18h CET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark - Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>> CRC76 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”
>>> CRC76 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics 
>>> CRC76 > UN Press Release calls IGM survivors "transsexual children" 

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

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

CRC76 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”

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

5. Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”

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

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

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

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

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

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

 •   CRC76 Denmark > Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics  

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

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

Thursday 14 September 2017

UN-CRC76 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics

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

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

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

LGBT Denmark: Exploiting intersex children – Shame on you!

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

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

Let's unpack it:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How much longer?!!

>>> UN Press Release calls IGM survivors "transsexual children"!

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

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

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

Continue reading...

Friday 8 September 2017

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

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

Unfortunately still bears repeating (10):

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 3 September 2017

Stockholm under water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They tried to kill me to save my life.

Nella

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

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

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

Saturday 2 September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 27 August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 26 August 2017

CRPD18 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in the UK

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

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

  

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

Daniela Truffer

Thank you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Thursday 24 August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wed 23.08.2017 15-18h CET + Thu 24.08.2017 10-13h CET
>>> Archived VIDEOS: Session1 | Session 2

StopIGM.org reported LIVE from Palais des Nations!

Session 1, Wed 23.08.2017, 15–18h CET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Session 2, Thu 24.08.2017, 10-13h CET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday 20 August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disorders of sex development
Olaf Hiort (Germany)

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

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

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

Legal considerations
Olaf Hiort (Germany)

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

Urology perspective
Earl Chang (USA)

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

Psychology perspective
Amy Wisniewski (USA)

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

Panel discussion/Q & A (25 minutes)

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Saturday 12 August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Stop always talking about the surgeries."

"Let's better talk about gender recognition."

"And what about discrimination?"

etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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