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Wednesday 5 July 2017

Mutilations génitales des intersexes devant l'ONU: «Cliniques italiennes collaborant avec des programmes européens»

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> Communiqué de presse de l'ONU du 13.07.2017:

« StopIGM.org a exprimé sa préoccupation quant à la persistance des mutilations génitales des personnes intersexes financées par l'État.  L'ONG s'est inquiétée du nombre croissant d'opérations de ce type pratiquées par des médecins qui en font la promotion dans des cliniques italiennes collaborant avec des programmes européens. »

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

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

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

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Geneva > UN-CEDAW and Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) investigate IGM in Italy and Switzerland - Govs deny + pinkwash

Bearing witness to IGM at the UN: Claudia Balsamo, Daniela Truffer, Geneva 03.07.2017
#CEDAW67  #ItalyCEDAW  #CCPR120  #SwitzerlandCCPR  #Torture  #HarmfulPractice

CCPR120 Switzerland

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

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During its 120th session, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) as the Treaty body monitoring implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) is investigating Intersex Genital Mutilations for the very first time! 

StopIGM.org in collaboration with Swiss peer and parent's self-help groups Intersex.ch and SI Global have been denouncing IGM practices in Switzerland as a violation of CCPR since 2014, with the Committee thereafter asking the Swiss State party questions on intersex and IGM in its List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LoIPR) under para 22. In their (non-)reply, Switzerland brought up the usual denial + pinkwashing in the State report (para 188).

During the 1st part of the State examination in Geneva on 03 July, Committee expert Christof Heyns therafter inquired about Switzerland's position in the matter, with the Delegation (non-)replying with more of the same, repeatedly changing the topic to discrimination issues and "sex change in documents". StopIGM.org is now hoping for follow-up questions in the 2nd Q&A session today ...

UPDATE!   Committee expert Yuval Shany asked a follow-up question about practical steps to raise awareness, prevent practice and guarantee rehabilitation for victims ...The Delegation again insisted doctors would allegedly rrespect the right to self-determination and physical and mental integrity of intersex persons, then went on about "sexual reassignment" ... Full transcripts to follow.

>>> UN Press release english | français – both mention intersex
>>> Video Session 1
| Session 2 

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

>>> Download as PDF (809 kb)

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

Timetable CCPR120 Review of Switzerland July 2017:
• NGO Briefing Switzerland (closed):
Mon 3 July 
• NGO Lunchtime Briefing (closed):
Mon 3 July
• Review of Switzerland: Mon 3 July 15-17h + Tue 4 July 10-13h CET
  
to be transmitted live on webtv.un.org!
The Concluding Observations for Switzerland, hopefully with a severe reprimand for IGM practices, are due at the end the 120th CCPR Session of the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) on 28 July 2017 (or soon after).

CEDAW67 Italy

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookItaly is once more up for review of IGM practices at the 67th session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). StopIGM.org in Collaboration with Italian intersex advocate Claudia Balsamo have documented the ongoing practice in Italian clinics and the complicity of the State in a thematic NGO report and are now hoping for tough questions on IGM for Italy during the State review today ...
>>> VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Italy Questioned over IGM

UPDATE 1: The testimony by Claudia Balsamo has been mentioned in the french + english UN press release:

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

UPDATE 2: You can also hear the full statement on the now archived >>> video (starting at 9:10 min).

UPDATE 3: Literally in the very last minutes, Committe expert Patrizia Schulz asks about non-consensual surgeries on intersex children! Does the Stae party plan to ban this harmful practice? The Delegation issues a full denial, claiming only medically necessary surgeries would take place, although there is no recent data available. Patrizia Schulz quickly follows up, parents can not consent. Full transcripts to follow

>>> Video Session 2 (starting at 1:58)  

2017 CEDAW Italy NGO Intersex IGM

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

>>>  Download (PDF 650 kb)

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

Timetable CEDAW67 Review of Italy July 2017:
• NGO Briefing Italy (public): Mon 3 July 15:00-16:15h CET 
   to be transmitted live on webtv.un.org!
• NGO Lunchtime Briefing (closed):
Mon 3 July
• Review of Italy: Tue 4 July 10-13h + 15-17h CET
   to be transmitted live on webtv.un.org!

The Concluding Observations for Italy, hopefully with another severe reprimand for IGM practices, are due at the end the 66th CEDAW Session (24 July 2017 or soon after).

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 1 July 2017

Open Letter to '6th I-D$D 2017', 'D$Dnet', 'eUROG€N', 'Endo-€RN', 'D$D-Life', Danish & international D$D Clinics, and Affiliates

Nonviolent Intersex Protest #1 vs. '6th I-DSD' @ Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen 29.06.2017

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

On occasion of the '6th I-DSD Symposium 2017', the international human rights NGO StopIGM.org delivered an
>>> Open Letter (PDF) by Persons Concerned, Partners, Families, Friends and Allies
with 92 101 signatories to 'I-DSD', 'DSDnet', 'eUROGEN', 'Endo-ERN', 'DSD-Life' and Affiliates including 115 EU-funded IGM clinics in 27 countries.

The letter contains up-to-date references to international human rights bodies including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) condemning involuntary, non-urgent procedures on children with variations of sex anatomy as serious human rights violations amounting to “harmful cultural practices” (like FGM) or “inhuman treatment” punishable as torture, and currently having issued 25 reprimands to 16 State parties in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Oceania, as well as to recent legislative efforts to criminalise or adequately sanction the practice.

The 92 signatories kindly ask DSD clinicians, institutions and affiliates to reconsider involuntary, non-urgent treatments of children with variations of sex anatomy and to to initiate a process of coming to terms with the past as a necessary first step towards reconciliation.

You can find the full text of the Open Letter online here:
http://StopIGM.org/public/Open_Letter_I-DSD_Copenhagen_2017.pdf

Thanks to everybody who signed and/or supported the protests!

See you where the action is!

Copenhagen: Nonviolent Intersex Protests + Info 29.06.-01.07.2017
    vs. “I-D$D 2017” • ”Rigshospitalet” • “D$Dnet” • “eUROGEN” • “Endo-ERN” • “D$D-Life”

>>> “I-D$D 2017” Opening Lecture: Stuck with torturing intersex children
>>> “D$D-Life” as a typical example illustrating the ‘Global IGM Cartel’  

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Thursday 22 June 2017

Intersex Torture @ 'I-D$D 2017': "This completely antagonizes the medical community" (Eric Vilain)

UPDATE: I was able to see the last slides of Eric Vilain's actual ’I-DSD 2017’ presentation, including the one addressing possible prohibition of IGM, and I'm happy to report that the issue was dealt with rather matter-of-factly, with Eric Vilain stating that he was expecting prohibition to come, although he wished it wouldn't.

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookCopenhagen 29.06.-01.07.2017:
Nonviolent Intersex Protests + Info
vs. “I-D$D 2017” • ”Rigshospitalet” • “D$Dnet”
• “eUROGEN” • “Endo-ERN” • “D$D-Life”

"Setting the Scene": Professor Eric Vilain (geneticist for all things D$D at University of California Los Angeles UCLA) has been appointed to deliver the opening lecture of '6th I-D$D 2017' (with Prof Anders Juul, Department of Growth and Reproduction at The Juliane Marie Centre, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, acting as Chair):

«By equating surgery with torture, some doctors argue, activists are further tying the hands of a medical community that is trying to act in their patients' best interest carry on mutilating intersex children for scientific 'progress'.

"This completely antagonizes the medical community. This is not progress, in my opinion," Eric Vilain, professor of human genetics and pediatrics at UCLA, told [...]. "It's a tactic that's likely to work, and it's a tactic that will prevent us from actually understanding what's going on carrying on mutilating intersex children for scientific 'progress'." »

Eric "Crybaby" Vilain 

There, fixed that for ya.

The title of Eric Vilain's “I-D$D 2017” opening lecture, “Stuck in the Middle”, had already been used for a 2016 portrait in the print version of “Nature” (PDF), with Vilain and fellow D$D doc David Sandberg still whining on about unfair, unfair human rights bodies and evil, evil activists “alienating” IGM perpetrators, “scaring” parents and “driving infant surgery underground”:   

«In January, the United Nations released a report saying that sex-assignment surgeries on infants “lead to severe and life-long physical and mental pain and suffering and can amount to torture and ill-treatment”. Vilain and Sandberg worry that the language could alienate doctors and parents alike. “You're basically calling doctors torturers when they're doing something considered standard medical practice,” Vilain says. He points out that few medical procedures are governed by law — physicians tend to operate according to guidelines and principles. “I'm not opposed to guidelines, I'm opposed to things that completely alter medical practice prevent medical crimes on intersex children in an irreversible way,” he says. He and Sandberg also worry that legal bans could drive infant surgery underground. “Parents are scared. You just don't dictate to them and say get over it,” Sandberg says.»

«Yet Vilain's experiences with patient advocates have hardened him somewhat. “I call the ones who work with us advocates; those against us activists,” he says. He remains driven by questions about sex, even if it kicks up dust. “We're trying to listen to the community, but by the same token we're committed to producing data and evidence carrying on with criminal human experimentation on intersex children for scientific 'progress'.”»

Eric "I'm not a torturer" Vilain 

Please help reminding Eric Vilain and fellow IGM perps and accomplices in Copenhagen and everywhere that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!

Copenhagen: Nonviolent Intersex Protests + Info 29.06.-01.07.2017
    vs. “I-D$D 2017” • ”Rigshospitalet” • “D$Dnet” • “eUROGEN” • “Endo-ERN” • “D$D-Life”

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Wednesday 21 June 2017

IGM Primer #2: The Global Cartel - Endocrinologists & Surgeons in Charge - Ethics & Psychology as Fig Leaf - Gov Approved - 'D$D-Life'

Copenhagen: Nonviolent Intersex Protests + Info 29.06.-01.07.2017
    vs. “I-D$D 2017” • ”Rigshospitalet” • “D$Dnet” • “eUROGEN” • “Endo-ERN” • “D$D-Life”

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Unfortunately still bears repeating (8):

Also at the multi-million EU perpetrator's 'research' project 'DSD-Life', persons concerned and their organisations are 'consulted' by name only, while the usual perpetrators themselves in 14 IGM clinics in 6 European countries are handsomely paid to 'investigate' their very own handiwork:

 Click to enlarge!
"DSD-Life": 6 Million Euros for IGM Perpetrators' 'Research' incl. 'Ethics Band Aid'
“Multidisciplinary Teams” =
Pedo Endos
('PädEndo') + Surgeons ('Chirurgie')
= Same since Beginning of Systematic Intersex Genital Mutilations in 1950

>>> EU: Biggest funder of IGM - how much longer?!

>>> IGM Global, Inc.: Why we are targetting the '9th Joint Meeting' 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents  

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGMs)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB) 

Tuesday 20 June 2017

URGENT Call to sign Open Letter to I-DSD + Associated Intersex Genital Mutilators

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookDear fellow campaigners, friends and allies

In 2016, Denmark has been reprimanded by the UN Committee against Torture for allowing Intersex Genital Mutilations to continue with impunity. Nonetheless, the daily mutilations continue, and next week IGM doctors from allover will flock to the Rigshospitalet Copenhagen for the '6th I-DSD Symposium 2017' (More info + all the dates see here).

Therefore, we are going to hand in another Open Letter to participating and affiliated doctors, medical and 'research' organisations, DSD Clinics, Universites, Government and other public bodies on occasion of peaceful protests, and ask everybody to sign it.
You can find the draft of the Open Letter (PDF) online here:
http://StopIGM.org/public/DRAFT_Open_Letter_I-DSD_Copenhagen_2017.pdf

How to sign:

Please send us an email to daniela.truffer_at_gmx.ch (replace _at_ by @) with your:
  - name,
  - city,
  - country, and
  - organisation (if applicable)
so we can add your name to the list of signatories in the Open Letter!

(In case you want to sign the letter not on behalf of your organisation, but in personal capacity, just add something like 'Personal Capacity, Affiliation given for identification purposes only' behind your name and organisation, and we'll add this in the letter.)

Please spread this invitation to other parties and individuals concerned. So there will be as many signatures as possible.

Please respond quickly! Thanks for adding your signature to let the doctors know that it's NOT OK to cosmetically alter intersex children's genitals!

Kind regards

Daniela "Nella" Truffer, Markus Bauer
Founding members human rights NGO StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org
Mobile +41 (0) 76 398 06 50

http://StopIGM.org 

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookCopenhagen 29.06.-01.07.2017:
Nonviolent Intersex Protests + Info
vs. “I-D$D 2017” • ”Rigshospitalet” • “D$Dnet”
• “eUROGEN” • “Endo-ERN” • “D$D-Life”

>>> “I-D$D 2017” Opening Lecture: Stuck with torturing intersex children
>>> “D$D-Life” as a typical example illustrating the ‘Global IGM Cartel’  

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Monday 19 June 2017

Copenhagen > Nonviolent Intersex Protests 29.06.-01.07. + Info 29.06. vs. "I-D$D 2017" + Rigshospitalet + University of Copenhagen

Photo: Glasgow, 09.06.2013: Nonviolent Intersex Protest #7 vs. '4th I-DSD Symposium' | Open Letter (PDF) 

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookYIKES!! Intersex Genital Mutilators from all over will gather for the “6th International DSD Symposium” a.k.a. “I-D$D 2017” at the “Rigshospitalet” of the University of Copenhagen, co-organised by “UK Medical Research Council (MRC)” and “D$Dnet”,
also featuring “eUROGEN”, “Endo-ERN” and “D$D-Life”.

StopIGM.org will confront them all with nonviolent protests and an Open Letter, and denounce their human rights violations.

Please help reminding IGM perpetrators and accessories that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!

INFO: Thur 29.06.2017 19h @ Amnesty International Denmark
Gammeltorv 8, 4. Sal | 4th Floor • 1457 København K

"Intersex Genital Mutilations and Human Rights" 

7 PEACEFUL VIGILS + OPEN LETTERS: Thurs 29.06. – Sat 01.07.
"STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations!"

Thursday 29.06.2017
#1: 08:30-16:30   Rigshospitalet (main entrance) "I-DSD 2017"
      Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100 Copenhagen
#2: 16:45-18:15   "I-DSD 2017" (Rigshospitalet entrance 44, Auditorium 1+2)
      Rigshospitalet, Juliane Maries vej, 2100 Copenhagen

Friday 30.06.2017
#3: 08:30-10:30   Juliane Marie Centret (main entrance)
      Rigshospitalet, Juliane Maries vej, Copenhagen
#4: 10:45-13:45   Medical Faculty @ Panum Building (main entrance)
      University of Copenhagen, Panum Building, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 Copenhagen
#5: 14:00-18:00   Rigshospitalet (main entrance) "I-DSD 2017"
      Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100 Copenhagen

Saturday 01.07.2017
#6: 08:00-12:00   Rigshospitalet (main entrance) "I-DSD 2017"
      Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100 Copenhagen
#7: 12:15-13:15   "I-DSD 2017" (Rigshospitalet entrance 44, Auditorium 1+2)
      Rigshospitalet, Juliane Maries vej, 2100 Copenhagen

>>> “I-D$D 2017” Opening Lecture: Stuck with torturing intersex children
>>> “D$D-Life” as a typical example illustrating the ‘Global IGM Cartel’  

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Sunday 18 June 2017

CESCR61 > Australia Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations – Gov Denies

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'Australia is currently up for review of Intersex Genital Mutilation at the 60th session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in Geneva. OII Australia has participated in a Joint submission to the Committee, raising IGM practices.

On March 31, the Committe questioned Australia on IGM, with the Government as per usual either denying or defending the practice, and "mistaking" intersex for transgender (pinkwashing).

The following is what was mentioned on IGM in the official UN Summary records:

«22. Mr. Uprimny (Task Force Member) said that he would like to know whether the forced sterilization of persons with disabilities was allowed if consent was given not by the person concerned but by a surrogate. He asked what the Government’s policy was regarding non-consensual genital surgery for intersex individuals and whether such surgery could be performed with surrogate consent.»

«34. [Mr. Walter (Australia) said that] The treatment of intersex children was typically carried out in two stages: firstly, the administration of hormones to suppress the advancement of puberty in the gender of birth and, secondly, the administration of hormones to promote the affirmed gender. Authorization from the Family Court was required for stage 2 but not for stage 1. The third stage, namely surgery, was not usually considered for minors. The number of applications to the Family Court had risen from 5 in 2013 to 23 in 2016. The Government was conscious of the fact that requiring judicial authorization could delay treatment and lead to depression, suicidal thoughts and self-harm and was, therefore, looking into possible reforms. In that connection, a number of recent Family Court decisions concerning treatment for intersex children were under review by the Government.»

Usually, the Summary records are fragmentary at best, and unfortunately so far there is no actual transcription of the Intersex Q&A available.

According to tweets by People with Disability Australia Inc. (PWDA) who were present in Geneva, the Australian Gov in addition openly confirmed they're not willing to implement the recommendations of the Senate inquiries on involuntary sterislisation of intersex people.

So, hopefully the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) will issue strong Concluding Observations on IGM for Australia.

CESCR has already explicitly condemned IGM practices in their General comment No. 22 (2016) on the right to sexual and reproductive health:

«59. Violations of the obligation to protect occur when a State fails to take effective steps to prevent third parties from undermining the enjoyment of the right to sexual and reproductive health. This includes the failure to prohibit and take measures to prevent all forms of violence and coercion committed by private individuals and entities, including domestic violence, rape (including marital rape), sexual assault, abuse and harassment, including during conflict, post-conflict and transition situations; violence targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons or women seeking abortion or post-abortion care; harmful practices such as female genital mutilation, child and forced marriage, forced sterilization, forced abortion and forced pregnancy; and medically unnecessary, irreversible and involuntary surgery and treatment performed on intersex infants or children.»

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 4 June 2017

Amnesty Report fails Intersex Children and IGM Survivors

IGM = Mutilation, NOT ‘Controversy’ or ‘Debate’!UPDATE 2: We received a 2nd reply by Amnesty London (fulltext). Apparently now it's just a case of bad “wording” having “created confusion”, and “clarify[ing]” that Amnesty “are not opposing any such laws [calling for criminalisation of IGM]”, however any call to do so would be “complicated by the fact that in many cases clinicians argue that interventions are 'medically necessary'”. More intersex advocates have criticised Amnesty's doctor-friendly answer and lack of acknowledging the political intersex consensus and relevant UN findings, and, where allowed to do so by local Amnesty sections, renewed calls for prohibition. We support these calls in our 2nd reply (fulltext) and ask, “when and how will Amnesty make this clarified position public?”  To be continued ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards

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

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

presse_at_zwischengeschlecht.info

http://StopIGM.org

http://intersex.shadowreport.org

>>> ANSWERS see documented below in Comments

2016 CRC Denmark NGO Report Intersex IGM

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

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

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

See also:

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Saturday 3 June 2017

Trans persons posing as intersex (and the damage they do to intersex rights)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation! Trans persons claiming they're intersex for personal gain and comfort, and both the short and long-term harm they're inflicting to intersex self-help groups and the intersex human rights movement, is a longstanding and painful issue often ignored or trivialised also by some intersex people and their organisations (in my experience often those who weren't submitted to IGM as children).

A 2012 article by Peggy Cadet & Marc D. Feldman, "Pretense of a Paradox: Factitious Intersex Conditions on the Internet", International Journal of Sexual Health (Vol 24, No 2, p. 91-96  >>> tandonline  >>> academia) captures the issue wellguess why also this article is mostly "overlooked" and seldom quoted ...

For those who don't have free access to the paywall-article, here's some of the most salient bits (p. 94):

"During 15 years of involvement in intersex support groups, the first author has frequently observed very detrimental effects of intersex posers on peer-group support and information for actual intersexed persons. They often report extremely rare or nonexistent conditions and/or prolonged and fruitless attempts to obtain a diagnosis. Their false, but often dramatic, stories misinform and often attract a disproportionate share of attention. They use up the time and effort of persons seeking to help others, often getting them to make a significant emotional investment, then leave them disillusioned. Others, seeking help and information, become distrustful after realizing they have been misled. The end result is that potentially valuable mutual support services become unavailable."

"Misinformation spread by intersex posers is not only harmful in the short term to their immediate contacts, but also—when incorporated into sources such as books, video documentaries, and in-person talks—the misinformation influences long-term treatment protocols for the intersexed. Researchers in psychology and related disciplines should be aware that information from some claimed intersex persons is fabricated and misleading."

"Persons with factitious intersex conditions often claim the authority of experience on intersex issues and use their alleged conditions as a credential, but then they disingenuously insist that verifying the credential would be an invasion of privacy. They may invoke policies and laws regarding medical privacy, though these do not preclude the patient herself from sharing documentation or giving permission for it to be released."

Thank you Peggy Cadet and Marc Feldman!

Instrumentalising intersex is NOT a victimless crime!

Saturday 27 May 2017

BBC > VIDEO: Bearing Witness to Intersex Genital Mutilations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Wednesday 17 May 2017

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

UPDATE: Unfortunately, also the Concluding observations for Argentina by the Committee against Torture did NOT raise intersex or IGM, marking already the 2nd consecutive no-show in CAT recommendations (after Finland in CAT59)!
Intersex Appropriation
Is NOT A Victimless Crime!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Committee against Torture reviews report of Argentina

Follow-up Questions

[...]

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

Responses by the Delegation

[...]

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

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

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

Examen du rapport

Questions et observations des membres du Comité

[...]

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

[...]

Réponses de la délégation

[...]

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

UPDATE: Unfortunately, also the Concluding observations for Argentina by the Committee against Torture did NOT raise intersex or IGM, marking already the 2nd consecutive no-show in CAT recommendations (after Finland in CAT59)!

Intersex Appropriation Is NOT A Victimless Crime!

How much longer?!

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

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 14 May 2017

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

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

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

«Stopping the surgeries and mutilations of intersex children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See also:

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

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

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

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

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

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 30 April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Session 2, Thu 27.04.2017, 15–18h CET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the last

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>>>  Download (PDF 267 kb)

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Wednesday 26 April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

>>>  Download (PDF 267 kb)

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

  

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

Presented by Daniela Truffer [Excerpt]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you.»

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

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

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Thursday 20 April 2017

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

Full disclosure: While not invited to the 1st Forum in Brussels 2011, Daniela and Markus participated in the 2nd Forum in Stockholm 2012 and the 3rd in Malta 2013, and suggested among other things the inclusion of "legislative measures" (to end IGM practices), access to "adequate redress" and the "right to truth" (for IGM survivors) in the Public Statements. Daniela both times received a scholarship. Already for the 3rd Forum Markus's application was initially rejected, but then reconsidered (see photo).

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

Dear fellow intersex campaigners

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

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

Call for collaborative UN Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes,

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

http://StopIGM.org

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Sunday 16 April 2017

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

 >>> English

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

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

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

Continue reading...

Saturday 15 April 2017

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

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

Watch the full presentation at Vimeo!

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Friday 14 April 2017

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

 >>> Français

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

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

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

Continue reading...

Thursday 30 March 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 11 March 2017

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

 >>> Français     >>> Deutsch  

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The European Parliament,

[...]

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

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

[...]

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

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

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

“The European Parliament,

[...]

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

[...]

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

[...]

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

[...]

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

[...]

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

[...]”

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

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Friday 10 March 2017

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

>>> English     >>> German 

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

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

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

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

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

Continue reading...

Monday 6 March 2017

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

Photo: UNHRC UPR #14, Geneva 20.10.2012

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Press Release by StopIGM.org, 06.03.2017:

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

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

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

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

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

THANK YOU to everybody who contributed to this extraordinary success!

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

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

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

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

CEDAW66: Binding Intersex Recommendations for Germany:

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

“Harmful practices

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

[...]

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

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

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

[...]

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

[...]

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

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

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

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

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

CEDAW66: Binding Intersex Recommendations for Ireland:

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

“Stereotypes and harmful practices

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

[...]

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

25.  The Committee recommends that the State party: 

[...]

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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

Sunday 5 March 2017

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

Unfortunately still bears repeating (7):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IGM as a Harmful Practice: UN-CRC Briefing
• IGM: A Survivor's Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy?  • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights  • Conclusion: IGM as a Harmful Practice
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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
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Saturday 4 March 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Voir aussi:

Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: 2015 CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  Harmful Practice
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UN-CRC réprimande la France: MGI = "Pratique Préjudiciable" + "Violence"
Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: La France questionnée par UN-CRC
 La Ministre Bloque et Detourne - Transcriptions des Questions et Réponses MGI  

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

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

2016 CEDAW France NGO Intersex IGM

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

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

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