Friday 13 May 2016 - A Good Day for Intersex Human Rights?
Photo: UNHRC UPR #14, Geneva 20.10.2012
Israel addresses Intersex Genital Mutilations during UN Human
Rights Council Review of Ireland – Committee against Torture to reprimand
France – Now 12 UN reprimands
Friday 13 May: A sign of hope for intersex children everywhere – and yet another stern warning for IGM perpetrators and complicit states? Keep your fingers crossed!
UPR: Ireland critisised over Intersex Genital Mutilations
All UN Member States have to submit regularly to a "Universal Periodic Review (UPR)" of their human rights records, reported by a "troika" of their peers and considered by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), who then adopts binding recommendations.
Despite that human rights violations of intersex people have been reported to the HRC since at least 2012, so far the HRC never specifically discussed intersex human rights concerns, let alone issued recommendations to stop IGM practices.
Most welcome therefore the news (thx ILGA) from the ongoing 25th session of the UPR Working Group where Israel went on record addressing IGM practices in its Statement regarding Ireland (PDF):
“Israel is concerned by the cases of medically unnecessary surgeries and other procedures on intersex children before they were able to provide their informed consent;”
The Human Rights Council will adopt the recommendations for Ireland today Friday 13 May 16–18h. [UPDATE: No recommendations on intersex were issued.]
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has recently reprimanded Ireland over IGM practices, considering them a “harmful practice” (like FGM) and calling on Ireland to “adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation.”
CAT to reprimand France over IGM Practices – Done!
Also today Friday 13 May concludes the 57th Session of the
UN Committee against Torture (CAT), which knowledgeably
questioned France over IGM practices and is hoped to issue strong
binding recommendations for France.
France was also recently reprimanded over IGM practices by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
UPDATE: UN-CAT reprimanded France over IGM! This marks the 11th reprimand by a UN Treaty Body to State complicit in the continuation of IGM.
12 Verdicts by UN Treaty Bodies Condemning IGM – And Counting ...
The Committee against Torture (CAT) has repeatedly considered Intersex Genital Mutilations as constituting at least inhuman treatment in breach of the Convention against Torture, and since 2011 reprimanded Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong and France.
In all above 10 verdicts, the Committes issued binding recommendations to take legislative action to end the practice and/or to ensure access to redress and justice for IGM survivors.
In addition, the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) as the governing body of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) is currently investigating IGM and called on Switzerland to disclose statistics.
IGM as a Harmful Practice: UN-CRC
• 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
IGM as Torture or CIDT: UN-CAT
1. Personal Testimony – A Survivor's Perspective
2. IGM Practices as Torture or Cruel, Inhuman or
Degrating Treatment (CIDT) 3. Recommendations
>>> Download PDF (1.7 MB) >>> Text only DOC