CAT60 > Intersex Genital Mutilations in Argentina reported to UN Committee against Torture

Wed 26 April 2017 10–13h CET + Thur 27 April 2017 15–18h CET live on!

CAT60 NGO Meeting for Argentina @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 25.04.2017:
Mauro Cabral Grinspan (Justicia Intersex), Daniela Truffer and Markus Bauer ( on Facebook >>> CAT Timeline Argentina 2017  

NGO Report to the 6th and 7th Periodic Report of Argentina on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

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Justicia Intersex /
NGO Oral Statement CAT60 Argentina, 25.04.2017

Presented by Daniela Truffer [Excerpt]

«[…] [T]he […] personal testimonies in our report [2] prove that IGM inflicts lifelong severe pain and suffering also in Argentina.

As further substantiated in our report [3] in Argentina all forms of IGM practices persist, advocated by state bodies, public paediatric hospitals and medical associations, facilitated and paid for by the State, establishing involvement of State officials.

Despite criticism by the National Institute Against Discrimination (INADI) [4], the child protection agency Asesoria General Tutelar (AGT) [5], the Ministry of Health of the Buenos Aires Province [6] and others, the government fails to take appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures to protect intersex children from involuntary harmful medical practices, that would never be tolerated on “normal” children, and refuses IGM survivors the right to justice, redress and compensation, further establishing intention and purpose of discrimination.

[…] Thus, all requirements for torture according to article 1 of the Convention are established. [7]

This Committee has consistently recognised IGM to constitute at least ill-treatment under the Convention, and articles 2, 12, 14 and 16 as applicable. [8]

We thus ask the Committee to sternly remind also Argentina of its obligations under mentioned articles of the Convention, and General Comments 2 and 3, and would like to refer to our suggested recommendations in our report [9] […].

Thank you.»

[2] Cases 1-5, page 19-22
[3] Page 7-14, 16
[4] See page 8
[5] Ibd.
[6] Ministerio de Salud de la Provincia de Buenos Aires: “Guía para Personal de Salud sobre Salud
Sexual y Reproductiva y Prevención de la Violencia hacia Población LGTB”, page 12, 21-22
[7] Page 15
[8] CAT/C/DEU/CO/5; para 20; CAT/C/CHE/CO/7, para 20; CAT/C/AUT/CO/6, paras 44-45; CAT/C/DNK/CO/6-7, paras 42–43; CAT/C/FRA/CO/7, paras 32-33
[9] Page 18

CAT Timeline Argentina 2017:
20 March 2017: Thematic NGO Report by Justicia Intersex / for the 60th CAT session.
Tue 25 April 2017, 17–18h CET: NGO Briefing (closed).

Wed 26 April 2017, 10–13h CET = 05–8h in Argentina
   + Thur 27 April 2017, 15–18h CET = 10–13h in Argentina
   Review of Argentina
during the 60th CAT Session,
   hopefully with tough Q&A on IGM

   to be transmitted live on!
(plus soon after on demand)
12 May 2017 or soon after: Concluding observations for Argentina, hopefully with another severe reprimand for IGM practices.

See also:
23 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting …
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem 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! 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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