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

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

UN-CEDAW 66th Session @ Palais des Nations 15.02.2017, 09:51h: Getting ready ... on FacebookToday it's the turn of Ireland to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations at the 66th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Wed 15 February 10-13h CET + 15-17h CET   >>> archived webcast was reporting LIVE
from Palais des Nations in Geneva, expecting tough questions, and yet another reprimand for IGM at the end of the session on 3 March.

Session 1: 10-13h

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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