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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Thank you, Madame Chair.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for listening.”

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

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

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

2016-CEDAW-Swiss-Intersex-IGM

IGM Practices in Germany: StopIGM.org 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Germany  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
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See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT): IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Women's Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

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

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