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UN-CRPD reprimands Italy for Intersex Genital Mutilations

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Photo: UNHRC UPR #14, Geneva 20.10.2012

IGM = Violence in Health Care Settings, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'! on FacebookToday, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) reprimanded Italy for IGM practices, again denouncing them as a breach of Art. 17 CRPD “Protecting the integrity of the person”. and Intersexioni warmly welcome the Concluding Observations by CRPD, explicitly obliging Italy to “guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination to the children concerned”. We particularly appreciate that the Committee also highlighted the lack of data collection and monitoring of IGM practices, and specifically called for “provid[ing] families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support.” provided the Committee with evidence of the ongoing practice in Italy.

This latest reprimand for IGM practices by a UN treaty body marks
• the first reprimand for Italy for IGM,
• the 3rd reprimand for IGM by CRPD,
• and the 16th reprimand by a UN treaty body so far.

CRPD already reprimanded Chile for IGM under Art. 17 earlier this year, plus Germany in 2015, referring to a 2011 reprimand by UN-CAT.

Below we document the full binding recommendation on IGM practices for Italy by CRPD:

>>> CRPD/C/ITA/CO/1 (PDF 145 kb), on Intersex: p. 5-6, paras. 45–46

Protecting the integrity of the person (art. 17)

45.  The Committee is concerned that children are subjected to irreversible surgery for intersex variation and other medical treatments without their free and informed consent.

46.  The Committee recommends the State party ensure that no one is subjected to scientific undocumented medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood, guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination to the children concerned, and provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support.

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

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
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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