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UK > 'Why does the "call for evidence" ignore intersex human rights?' Letter of Concern to Government Equalities Office, by

'Until there is a change in the law, we'll continue cutting'  - Dr I. Mushtaq (GOSH, UCL)
Photo: Peaceful protest outside the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, host of the
infamous 'ISHID 2011 Live Surgeries', with Open Letter to GOSH, ISHID and RCS.
(Arguably one example of the '[h]istorical [!] experience of live teaching surgeries and medical photography' mentioned in GEO's 'Technical Paper, p, 11 --> p. 13 of PDF.) on FacebookIGM = CRIME, Not 'Health Care' or 'Therapy'!The 'Call for evidence on the experiences of people who have variations in sex characteristics' of the UK Government Equalities Office (GEO) is now closed.

Unfortunately, so far GEO's 'evidence-gathering exercise' is completely ignoring human rights.

Which is the more shameful, as recently the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) both reprimanded the UK for Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM), explicitly obliging the Government to '[p]rovide redress to the victims of such treatment' (CRC) and to '[e]stablish measures to ensure equal access to justice' for IGM survivors (CRPD).

Intersex NGO therefore sent the Government Equalities Office a  >>> Letter of Concern about Disregard of Human Rights Implications in the 'Call for Evidence' (PDF), noting the total absence of any reference to applicable human rights, as well as the total absence of any human rights-related questions in the survey, namely to access to justice and rehabilitation, despite that these are crucial issues for many IGM survivors.

Daniela Truffer, IGM survivor and co-founder

'I've seen the pattern before: Once the government can no longer simply deny the harmful and unnecessary genital surgeries perpetrated on intersex children, because they have been called out by human rights bodies, they'll start a lengthy investigation. During its course, human rights concerns are conveniently brushed aside, same as IGM survivors and their legitimate grievances. Instead, the proceedings focus unduly on doctors, parents, and LGBT politics. In the end, the government will propose some 3rd gender legislation mostly benefiting trans people, while continuing to turn a blind eye to the daily mutilations of intersex children, paid for by the NHS. So far, unfortunately the UK Government Equalities Office ticks every box along the way.'

The Letter of Concern further acknowledges it's a good thing that the UK Government, according to GEO's 'Technical Paper' (PDF), is now officially 'aware of calls from some UK stakeholders to end the practice of what they describe as "medically unnecessary interventions"', and aims to fill 'evidence gaps' to better 'understand the nature and scale of the issue'. The Letter also references the most important intersex human rights obligations arising from the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) (p. 4-6).

Last but not least, the Letter of Concern – delivered to GEO via email last Thursday – kindly asks for an 'explanation why the Government Equalities Office so far seems to fail to adequately consider intersex human rights, namely the non-derogable rights to protection from harmful practices, and to justice, redress and rehabilitation.'

So far, GEO has not yet acknowledged the receipt of the the Letter ...

>>> Letter of Concern to GEO about Disregard of Human Rights Implications (PDF)

Intersex Genital Mutilations in the UK: UN-CRC NGO Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Reproductive Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  A Harmful Practice
>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB)

>>> Genital mutilation on the NHS: UN-CRC reprimands UK + Nepal

IGM in the UK: UN-CRPD Follow-Up NGO Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Reproductive Anatomy
Impunity  International IGM Networks in the UK  Testimonies
>>> Download as PDF (369 kb) | DOC (552 kb)

>>> UK, Morocco: UN-CRPD slams intersex genital mutilation on the NHS – again!

See also:
40 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice + Violence
UN Committee against Torture (CAT) 2015: 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-CCPR) condemns IGM Practices on Facebook

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 is 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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)