Intersex Genital Mutilations in France: CEDAW NGO Statement, 04.07.2016
Photo: Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) delivering the
Statement during the NGO Meeting with the Committee on the Elimination of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at Palais des Nations, Geneva
StopIGM.org: NGO Oral Statement CEDAW France, 04.07.2016 | PDF
As substantiated in our thematic NGO report , in France all forms of IGM practices are still advocated by public medical bodies, namely the High Authority of Health, which prescribes partial clitoris amputation on intersex children “during the first months of life”. IGM practices are paid for by the public health insurance, and are perpetrated in public university and regional children's clinics, et cetera, with impunity.
To this day, in France there is no law to protect intersex children from these daily mutilations. The French Government refuses to acknowledge that this is a human rights issue, but frames IGM as “complex medical questions” best left to the “medical expertise” of the perpetrators, who in turn blanketly dismiss human rights criticism as, I quote, “unfair” and “counterproductive”.
To this day, instead of addressing IGM practices, the French Government insists on focusing on civil status and gender identity issues, which for intersex children are marginal.
I therefore would like to urge the Committee to ask the French delegation tough questions on IGM, and to sternly remind them of France's obligations, namely
to “explicitly prohibit by law” IGM practices,
to ensure “that the perpetrators and [accessories] are held accountable”,
to guarantee that “children subjected to harmful practices” have “equal access to legal remedies and appropriate reparations”,
“including by addressing legal and practical barriers to initiating legal proceedings, such as the limitation period”.
Thank you. »
• UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practic
• UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
• UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
• UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
• 56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
• CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!
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