“Germany: The Practice of Intersex Genital Mutilation” – UN Press Release 21.02.2017

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> UN Press Release: «[…] Germany was asked to explain what was being done to prohibit the practice of intersex genital mutilation on infants – still carried on some 1,700 children every year – and postpone this irreversible surgery until the child was old enough to give consent. […]

Questions from the Experts

[…] Another Expert raised concern about the continued practice of intersex genital mutilation on infants, which could not be justified and must be postponed until the child was old enough to express his or her wishes.  This procedure was carried on some 1,700 intersex children every year. 

Who decided the best interest of the child in such cases?  Germany should adopt the provision which would authorise only life-saving procedures until the child was old enough, and also consider the use of the mechanism of the child advocate. […]

Responses by the Delegation

[….] Small steps forward had been taken in relation to the practice of intersex genital mutilation.  The care guidance had been issued which prohibited all irreversible medical interventions prior to the child coming of an age to express consent.  The exception was a life-saving procedure, or the best interest of the child, for example if a child was suicidal. […] The delegation said that Germany was still discussing whether to establish a fund for the compensation of victims of intersex genital mutilation.»  

>>> VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Germany Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations
CEDAW66 > Joint NGO Briefing on Intersex Genital Mutilations in Germany  


IGM Practices in Germany: StopIGM.org 2017 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Germany  Complicity of the State  Harmful Practice
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