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NGO Report to the 2nd Periodic Report of South Africa on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

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Timetable CRC Review of South Africa Sep 2016:

  • Review of South Africa: Mon 19 Sep 10am + 3pm CET
    – to be broadcasted live via!
  • The Concluding Observations for South Africa – hopefully with a severe reprimand for IGM practices – are due at the end the 73rd CRC Session (30 Sep 2016).

During its 73rd Session the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will review South Africa's (+ New Zealand's) record of protecting its children from harmful practices (as stipulated in under art. 24(3) CRC in conjunction with the CRC-CEDAW Joint General Comment No. 18/31). Above thematic Report to the Committee documents evidence of IGM still being perpetrated in all major South African University Children's Clinics and the complicity of the state in this ongoing massive human rights violation, as well as reports of infanticide of intersex newborns and also victims of infant "Muti" genital mutilations being submitted to IGM as "therapy".

CRC has so far investigated IGM practices in 6 countries, each time criticising IGM as a "harmful practice" (just like FGM) and issuing stern reprimands to the complicit governments. Let's again hope for tough questions during the upcoming review of South Africa – and for strong Concluding Observations for the South African Government (+ New Zealand) to take all necessary measures, including legislation, to finally end the impunity of IGM perpetrators and their accessories!

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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): Inhuman Treatment
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
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IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
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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

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