Intersex advocates: UN right to reprimand UK + Nepal for IGM and Bullying

L.t.r.: Holly Greenberry (IntersexUK), Daniela Truffer (, Juan Méndez (UN Special Rapporteur on Torture), Mauro Cabral (Justicia Intersex), Markus Bauer (, Geneva 12.03.2014 (Photo: André du Plessis) on FacebookPress Release by 10.06.2016

IGM = Hamful Practice

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reprimanded the UK + Nepal for facilitating Intersex Genital Mutilations, which the Committee views as a ‘harmful practice’ and ‘violence against children’, obliging both states ‘to explicitly prohibit by law and adequately sanction or criminalize’ IGM practices, and in addition obliging Nepal to combat ‘the high levels of stigma and discrimination faced by intersex children’ particularly in schools. Intersex human rights defenders on the publication of the Committee’s binding ‘Concluding observations’:

Esan Regmi and Parsu Ram Rai (Blue Diamond Society, Nepal):

‘The Intersex community of Nepal would like to appreciate the recommendation made on 9th of June 2016 by CRC, but now we have to see how the government of Nepal would take it into account as it’s the first time that intersex human rights violations in Nepal are addressed by a UN Committee.’

Daniela Truffer and Markus Bauer (Co-founders

‘For the first time the Committee considered not only involuntary unnecessary surgery on intersex children as a harmful practice, but also incidents of massive bullying of intersex children in schools, thanks to brave testimonies from Nepal.

It is intolerable how both the UK and the Nepali government, when confronted by the Committee with the lifelong severe pain and suffering caused by intersex genital mutilations, simply tried to shrug off their responsibility by quickly changing the subject to identity and civil registration issues instead. Same goes for the deafening silence of the media in the face of the serious human rights violations of intersex children perpetrated in NHS clinics. While virtually any newly established unisex toilet or civil status policy is counterfactually portrayed around the globe as an alleged ‘breakthrough for intersex’, when it comes to IGM, governments and the media merely look the other way, despite so far 14 reprimands by UN treaty bodies.’

Holly Greenberry and Dawn Vago (Co-directors IntersexUK):

‘We thank the UNCRC for the detailed examination of intersex abuses against children in the UK; and recognising that these and other harmful practices still continue and need to be stop. Intersex children need to be safe guarded and legal protection secured within UK and also the protective characteristic of intersex people should be clearly defined as a protective characteristic. IntersexUK is thankful for the disclosure of fact from numerous intersex individuals who bravely articulated their lived intersex treatment and experiences which formed part of the report.

We are thankful that it has been uncovered that such practices are not historic, but are current within the NHS, and this leads to an urgent need for cross party action. The NHS treatment of intersex children includes genital mutilations, gonadectomies and other harmful practice without the fully informed consent of the person.

We welcome the denouncement of genital mutilations on healthy intersex children as a crime. We welcome and value the recommendations from the CRC especially in acknowledging that FGM and IGM are fundamentally one and the same. We commit to working with cross party representatives on these binding conclusions.’, IntersexUK, the UK Intersex Association and intersex advocates Leslie Jaye, Esan Regmi and Parsu Ram Rai demand the prohibition of forced genital surgeries on children and adolescents with variations of sex anatomy and ‘Human rights for hermaphrodites too!’

Persons concerned shall later decide themselves, if they want surgeries or not, and if yes, which.

Kind regards

Daniela “Nella” Truffer    +41 76 398 06 50
Markus Bauer    +41 78 829 12 60
Founding members international intersex NGO /

Contact IntersexUK:
Contact UK Intersex Association: +44 78 3119 6143

>>> That’s why the UK is reprimanded for Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN-CRC

Intersex Genital Mutilations in the UK: 2016 UN-CRC Report 
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Most Common Forms  What is Intersex?  A Harmful Practice
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Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal
1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories Book, 2016 CRC NGO Report
2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
3.  Denial of Needed Health Care      4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation

VIDEO  Intersex Mutilators in Scotland!
4th I-D$D Symposium, Glasgow 2013
Thanks to Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain)

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See also:
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2015: IGM = Harmful Practic
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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