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UNCAT61 > Ireland Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committee against Torture (CAT) - Gov Denies Yet Again!

>>> UNCAT61 > Testimony by Gavan Coleman to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Ireland
CAT61 Timeline Ireland 2017

UN-CAT 61st Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 26.07.2017: Getting ready ...
(bottom right corner: Committee expert Ms. Racu who asked a question on IGM)
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At the 61st Session of the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), Ireland is being questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations, with the Committee experts for Ireland, Ms. Gaer and Ms. Racu, both raising IGM in Ireland yesterday.

Today the Irish delegation has to reply to those questions during the 2nd Session on Ireland, 27.07.2017 15:00–18:00h CET. will be reporting LIVE from Palais Wilson! The session should also be livestreamed on (during the 1st session yesterday, due to technical problems the transmission was audio only.)

Session 2, Fri 28.07.2017, 15–18h CET  >>> VIDEO

14:52h: Committee members and the Irish delegation are arriving, the livestream is back on! Today the Irish Delegation will have to answer to yesterday's questions ...

15:03h: Session is on, Head of Delegation David Stanton, Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, Department of Justice and Equality kicking off ... announces statistics will be delivered in writing later (to be published on the Committee's session homepage) ... Michael Donnellan of the Irish Prison Service starts answering ...

15:27h: Answers re: mental health now up ... followed by answers on the ex-gratia scheme for survivors of symphysiotomy ...

15:34h: Sarah Rose Flynn, Assistant Principal Officer, International Research and Policy Unit of the Department of Health (non-)answers on intersex genital mutilation! Allegedly only 2-3 children with ambiguous genitalia are born in Ireland, and all are treated in Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin (Dublin). Surgery would only be done when medically necessary and after an unanimous decision of the multidisciplinary and parents. Every 3 months there's a meeting with paediatricians also from other Irish clinics and with a consultant from Great Ormons Street Children's Hospital (London).
Besides the last item, the (non-)answer was pretty much copy/pasted from last time at CEDAW ... And the (non-)answer completely ignores the question of implementation of CRC and CEDAW recommendations, completely ignores the evidence of IGM1 “hypospadias repair” also being perpetrated at the University hospitals of Cork and Tallaght (see NGO Report, PDF p. 10), completely ignores the question on children being sent abroad, as admitted to by Crumlin's Dr Costigan in in the case of “more complicated rare surgeries” in a report in the Irish Examiner [WARNING: Grossly misleading and inappropriate pictures], makes excuses regarding data collection and statistics, and generally denies the responsability of the Irish state ... :-( :-( :-( Transcript to follow ...

16:38h: The last answers of first round, regarding police force ...

16:46h: Follow-up questions by CAT co-rapporteur Ms. Felice Gaer ... psychiatric system ... Magdalene laundries ...Commission of investigations act ... baby homes ... symphysiotomy ... 8th Amendment ... medically unnecessary interventions during childbirth ... symphysiotomy and consent ... permission to leave to land ...

17:00h: Follow-up questions by CAT co-rapporteur Ms. Ana Racu of law enforcement officers ... training for medical personnel, Istambul Convention ... national preventive mechanism ... prison overcrowding, particilarly Mormont and Limerick ...medical services in prisons ... prisoners with psychological issues ... remand prisoners ... juveniles in detention, solitary confinement, violence ... prison complaint mechanism ... 

17:13h: Follow-up questions by other Committee members ...

17:30h: Intermission ... there were no follow-up questions on intersex ...

17:41h: Session resumes after short intermission with additional aswers by Delegation members ...

18:01h: CAT chairperson Modvig concludes the session.

Session 1, Thu 27.07.2017, 10–13h CET  >>> VIDEO (audio only)

ca. 11:20h: YAY!! CAT expert on Ireland Ms. Felice Gaer raises involuntary surgery on intersex children, asks about implementation of previous CRC and CEDAW recommendations. :-) Transcript to follow.

ca. 12:25h: YAY!! CAT expert on Ireland Ms. Ana Racu raises “intersex genital mutilation”, aks about data collection disaggregated by type of IGM and age, and about plans to legislate against the practice. :-) Transcript to follow.

>>> UNCAT61 > Testimony by Gavan Coleman to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Ireland
CAT61 Timeline Ireland 2017

NGO Report to the 2nd Report of Ireland
on the Convention against Torture (CAT)

>>>  Download (PDF 250 kb)

Compiled by:
Gavan Coleman /

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting ...
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
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
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
56th Session of Committee against Torture reprimands 4 Governments for IGM
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!