Intersex Genital Mutilations in Hong Kong + China: 2015 NGO Report to UN Committee against Torture
>>> A 18-page thematic intersex NGO Report (PDF, 102 kb) by "Beyond the Boundary - Knowing and Concerns Intersex (BBKCI)" from Hong Kong documents IGM Practices in Hong Kong and China, as well as risk of abandonment or infanticide of intersex newborns, and how the authorities refuse to address these serious human rights violations.
The report was compiled by Hong Kong intersex activist Small Luk for the review of Hong Kong and China by the UN Committee agains Torture (CAT) during the Committee's 56th session starting next week in Geneva. Small will travel to Geneva to brief the Committee in person on the egregious human rights violations against intersex people in China, practces which have repeatedly been classified by the Committee as constituting at least Inhuman Treatment or even Torture in previous country examinations.
(See case file on p. 15 of NGO report)
This report was only the first of no less than 3 thematic intersex reports submitted for the 56th CAT session (the others coming from Austria and Denmark – more on these soon!). This marks the very first time that any UN Body examines more than one country regarding IGM Practices in one session!
The public review of Hong Kong and China will take place on Tuesday 17 November 10–13h CET + Wedneday 18 November 15–18h CET an will be transmitted live online via www.treatybodywebcast.org.
StopIGM.org congratulates BBKCI to this excellent report and hopes for strong Concluding Observations for all 3 states under examination during the 56th session!
• 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