UN Press Release on Argentina’s Denial of Intersex Genital Mutilations

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookA recent >>> UN Press Release on the review of Argentina reports the Committee questions and the Argentinian Delegation’s (non-)answers on Intersex Genital Mutilations during the 78th CRC Session, falsely claiming involuntary harmful medical practice would no longer take place in Argentina, and further denying any obstactles to access to justice and redress for IGM survivors in Argentina:

« Questions by the Committee Experts

[…] KIRSTEN SANDBERG, Committee Expert and Rapporteur for Argentina, […] further inquired about measures taken to avoid any medical treatment to assign sex to children before they could assert their own autonomy in that respect. […]

Replies by the Delegation

[…] Regarding the issue of intersex children’s surgical procedures, in order to prevent unwanted interventions, an interdisciplinary medical team could declare that no surgery could take place on intersex babies in the perinatal stage.  In certain situations, if a procedure was required, doctors would seek the least invasive route.  Also, the delegate continued, no surgeries would be conducted on intersex children until they declared their perceived sex themselves and determined what sort of hormonal treatment they would require.  Recent statistics found that 1.4 per cent of children associated themselves as intersex. [= lost in simultaneous translation: actually the delegate said “1 in 4 thousand“, see video spanish @ 12:25 – however, a more appropriate figure would be 1-2 in 1 thousand, see 2015 Report, p. 25. ] […]

Questions by the Committee Experts

Following up on the question about intersex children, an Expert asked if there was access to justice for children who had received undesired surgical interventions?

Replies by the Delegation

The delegation said the Argentinian justice system was open to anyone who had a complaint to file, including intersex persons. […] »

Nonetheless, at StopIGM.org we’re hopeful that the Committee won’t have put the wool over their eyes, but will honour the strong, substantiated evidence proving the ongoing harmful practice in Argentinian University Children’s Hospitals and will issue strong “Concluding Observations” on IGM to the complicit State party after the end of the 78th CRC Session.

>>> VIDEO: Argentina questioned by UN Committe on the Rights of the Child

See also:
31 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting …
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT): IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) condems 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!

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN intersex expert meeting
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

VIDEO > Argentina questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilation by UN-CRC

CRC78 examining Argentina @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 14.05.2018 – kicking off ...CRC78 examining Argentina @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 14.05.2018 – kicking off …

IGM = Harmful Practice (NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!)At the 78th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Argentina was questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM) on
Mon 14.05.2018 15-18h CET + Tue 15.05. 10-13h
>>> VIDEO Session 1 | Session 2 (en + es)

Justicia Intersex, Brújula Intersexual and StopIGM.org submitted an extensive Thematic NGO report to the Committee providing solid eveidence of IGM practices in Argentina and of the complicity of the State party. In addition, the Thematic NGO report has been endorsed by the Coordinadora de Profesionales por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA) – many thanks!>>> PDF English | Español

StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE from Palais Wilson, hoping the Committee will raise and condemn IGM practices in Argentina!

Session 1, Mon 14.05.2018, 15-18h CET

>>> Session 1 Video (English and Spanish)

17:23h: YAY!! CRC expert and Task force member Prof. Kirsten Sandberg (of CRC68, CRC72 [1], CRC72 [2], CRC73 fame) raises intersex Genital Mutilations, asking about measures to prevent unnecessary surgery and other treatments on intersex children before they’re able to consent!  smiley (Full transcription to follow)

17:36h: CRC Rapporteur and Task force member Prof. Jorge Cardona Llorens asks about involuntary sterilisation of children with disabilities.

17:59h: Session adjourned. Tomorrow Argentina will have to answer on IGM!

Session 2, Tue 15.05.2018, 10-13h CET

>>> Session 2 Video (English and Spanish)

10:15h: Non-answers on intersex by Delegation member Sra. Diana Fariña (Ministry of Health, Director of Maternity and Infancy of the Nation). As per usual claims the “very thorough” Law 26.743 Gender Identity Law would also prevent IGM, while in fact it reportedly fails intersex children (see NGO Report PDF p. 16-17). (Full transcription to follow)

10:20h: YAY!! Follow-up question on intersex by Committee expert and CRC Vice Chairperson Mr. José Angel Rodríguez Reyes (of CRC71 and CRC77 fame), asking about data collection and access to justice for IGM survivors. smiley (Full transcription to follow)

10:21h: Follow-up (non-) answer on intersex, again by Delegation member Sra. Diana Fariña! (Full transcription to follow)

Next month, the end of its 78th sessionor soon after, the Committe will publish the “Concluding Observations”, hopefully with yet another severe reprimand for IGM practices, and the first for Argentina …

>>> Argentina questioned by UN Committe against Torture

See also:
31 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting …
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) : IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT): IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) condems IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
UN Women’s Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookEliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN intersex expert meeting
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

StopIGM.org Policy on Reporting to UN Treaty Bodies

Human Rights For Hermaphrodites Too!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookStopIGM.org regularly reports to UN Treaty bodies on different countries, often in collaboration with local intersex advocates and organisations. Our goal is to obtain as many and as strong “Concluding Observations” recognising intersex and IGM as a serious violation of non-derogable human rights as possible, in order to increase the pressure on IGM perpetrators. Our work substantially contributed to the so far 31 UN reprimands for IGM. In our experience collaborative reports are more effective than individual ones, but the most important factor is the quality of the evidence and testimonies provided. Recently there have been questions about how we submit reports and collaborate with local intersex advocates and organisations. We welcome this opportunity to outline our policy, and appreciate feedback and comments.

StopIGM.org: Policy on Submitting Country Reports on Intersex and IGM to UN Treaty Bodies

  • We only submit reports when we feel there is substantial evidence and/or personal testimony corroborating IGM practices and the complicity of the State party in question to have at least a fighting chance to obtain strong recommendations, and to continue to do so in the future
  • We always consult with local intersex advocates and organisations
  • We always offer collaborating (i.e. writing a report together), coordinating (writing separate reports, but coordinate) or further consulting (keeping each other/the others in the loop) with any local intersex advocate and organisation, and generally with anyone capable of contributing, to be able to submit the best possible report(s) in order to obtain the strongest possible recommendations
  • We always give due credit to local and other intersex advocates and organisations strictly based on merit, and always give sources for evidence we use
  • In case of local intersex advocates or organisations declining to collaborate/coordinate/further consult, we reserve the right to submit reports either in collaboration with other local intersex advocates or organisations, or on our own
  • In case of other advocates or organisations not honouring their promises/commitments/deadlines or resorting to tactics incompatible with constructive collaboration (e.g. plagiarism, smearing or bullying), we reserve the right to proceed with submitting referenced evidence without further consultation, collaboration and/or coordination, until further constructive collaboration, coordination and/or consultation is possible again

See also:
31 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting …
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC) : IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT): IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) condems IGM Practices
UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) condemns IGM
UN Women’s Rights Committee (CEDAW): IGM = Harmful Practice

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookEliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN intersex expert meeting
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

 

Portugal > New Law Fails to Protect Intersex Children from IGM

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookToday, Portugal has adopted a new Law No. 75/XIII/2 (PDF) aimed at protecting trans and also intersex persons. This new law has been publicly hailed by ILGA as “mak[ing] Portugal only the second country worldwide to outlaw medically unnecessary treatments on intersex kids” and “[i]t will become illegal to perform unnecessary surgery on intersex children”, arguably referring to art. 5 (“Protection of sex characteristics”) and art. 6 (“Modification of the body or the sex characteristics of minors”).

Unfortunately, regarding the protection of intersex children from intersex genital mutilation (IGM), the law seems grossly insufficient, as it doesn’t explicitly prohibit IGM by criminalising or adequately sanctioning the practice, nor address obstacles to access to justice and redress for IGM survivors, namely the statutes of limitations, nor include extraterritorial protections from IGM – all of which would be essential requirements stipulated by international law, namely CRC, CAT, CEDAW, CCPR and CRPD, and is considered standard in laws addressing female genital mutilation (FGM).

Tellingly, the voted-on law (PDF) and its explanatory memorandum (PDF) both fail to mention any of these requirements, or the associated UN conventions (only a general reference to “human rights” is included in the memorandum, see p. 4-5), or the requirement of informed consent of the capable intersex person themselves – instead the law exclusively focuses on “established gender identity” as the sole requirement (see art. 6). What’s more, the unmitigated and blanket exclusion of “situations with a corroborated health risk” (art. 6) is bound to be exploited as a loophole by IGM doctors.

Therefore, Law No. 75/XIII/2 seems to be just another case of pinkwashing and falsely claiming to protect intersex children, while at the same time IGM is allowed to continue with impunity – same as with similar laws in Malta, Madrid and Argentina.

The law hast still to be ratified by the President to become effective.

>>> Article at Thomson Reuters Foundation

See also:
31 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting …
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condemn IGM
UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (CRC): IGM = Harmful Practice
UN Committee against Torture (CAT): IGM = Inhuman Treatment or Torture
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) condems 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!

Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17  Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

CCPR120 > TRANSCRIPT + VIDEO: Switzerland Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) – Gov Denies + Lies 4th Time – 4th UN Reprimand for Switzerland!

>>> CCPR120 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Switzerland
>>>
CCPR Timeline Switzerland 2017

UN-CCPR 120th Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 03.07.2017, 14:55h: Getting ready …
Left row, front: HRCttee expert Mr. Christof Heyns, who asked the first intersex question.
Right row, back (just below the podium): Mr. Yuval Shany who asked the follow-up question.

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'

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During its 120th session, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) as the Treaty body monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) was investigating Intersex Genital Mutilations for the very first time!

StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org, in collaboration with Swiss peer and parent’s self-help groups Intersex.ch and SI Global, have been denouncing IGM practices in Switzerland as a violation of CCPR since 2014, with the Committee thereafter asking the Swiss State party questions on intersex and IGM in its List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LoIPR) under para 22. In their (non-)reply, Switzerland brought up the usual denial + pinkwashing in the State report (para 188).

Now, during the State review in Geneva, the Swiss delegation was questioned by the HRCttee experts. StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE fom Palais Wilson, hoping for tough questions on Intersex and IGM, and a first reprimand for IGM practices by the HRCttee (CCPR/C/CHE/CO/4, paras 24-25) at the end of the 120th CCPR Session!

Session 1, Mon 03.07.2017, 15–18h CET

15:58h: (Video @ 00:57:03)YAY!! Committee expert and Country rapporteur Mr. Christof Heyns inquires about Switzerland’s position on IGM! Unofficial Transcript:

«And then I want to ask, what is your position on so called “corrective” genital surgeries on intersex children, is there an official position of the country on that issue?»

18:30h: (Video @ 02:29:25) (Non-)answer on intersex by Ms. Debora Gianinazzi (Civil Law and Law of Civil Procedure Unit, Federal Office of Justice FOJ), predictably changing the subject from IGM to “sex changes” and civil registration!
Unofficial Transcript
(based on the UN simultaneous translation from the original French):

«With regard of the government’s attitude regarding surgery involving intersex children. The Swiss government has publicly declared in a press communicate dated the 6 July 2016 that it believes that surgery must not take place unless for medical reasons it is absolutely necessary. By this we should understand that it is for the children themselves to determine, to take decisions regarding their sex. This is the attitude of the Swiss government, and resulting from that attitude, that approach, it is also provided for a facilitated process of sex changes and recording this in the Civil registry. In 2014 following recommendations based on human medicine the Civil registry adopted an official communication, sent out to all offices of Civil administration in Switzerland, calling that they adopt new practices in terms of of modifying registration, in particular allowing for, if there is a medical document stating that there was an erroneous registration at the time of birth. As I have said, these are official communiques and the Swiss government wants to go further. For this reason it is currently drawing up a draft bill codifying this simplified registration process for recording sex change in the Civil registry. Thank you.» 

Session 2, Tue 04.07.2017, 10–13h CET

10:55h: (Video @ 00:54:21) YAY!! Committee Rapporteur and Vice-chairperson Mr. Yuval Shany asks a follow-up question on intersex! Inquires about practical steps to raise awareness, prevent practice and guarantee rehabilitation for victims, as well as compensation Unofficial Transcript:

«Now issue no. 22 dealing with intersex related issues has been already largely covered by my colleague Mr Heyns, so I’m not going to go very extensively into this. I would just like to raise two points in that regard, one with regard to any practical information on any practical steps that the State party is taking in order to raise awareness among medical professionals and society at large with respect to this set of issues in order to prevent in the future unnecessary genital reassignment surgeries. We’ve been, it has been alleged to us that the State party does not provide adequate psychological support for intersex persons who have undergone involuntary genital surgical procedures in the past. Is this indeed the case? And more and finally what measures is the State party taking to provide access to intersex persons who have undergone such procedures to legal remedies and to ensure adequate compensation.»

12:41h: (Video @ 02:41:14) (Non-)answer to intersex follow-up question Mr. Guido Barsuglia (Head of Section, Federal Office of Public Health FOPH), resorting to the usual platitudes while conveniently skipping the question on psychological support and rehabilitation! Unofficial Transcript (based on the UN simultaneous translation from the original French):

«Thank you. I’ll answer two questions raised by Mr Shany on intersex children. To begin I’d like to say that Switzerland is aware of this issue. We’re concerned about it. Awareness raising among our citizens are of of the efforts taken in order to ensure that the right to self-determination is protected, as well as the right to mental and physical integrity of this group. We raise awareness through doctor’s associations, universities and patient’s associations. Mr Shany’s last question was on civilian actions seeking moral redress. As far as we know in Switzerland up to date there hasn’t been any civil case or class action case or payment in cash for moral reparations or redress in cases of sexual reassignment. Thank you.»

>>> CCPR120 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in Switzerland
>>> Switzerland: Pinkwashing of Intersex Genital Mutilations at HRCttee
>>> UN Press release english | français
– both mention intersex
>>> Video Session 1
| Session 2 

NGO Report to the 4th Periodic Report of Switzerland on the  International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR)

>>> Download as PDF (809 kb)

Compiled by:
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org
Intersex.ch
SI Selbsthilfe Intersexualität

>>> TRANSCRIPT + VIDEO: Switzerland Questioned by CRC
>>> TRANSCRIPT + VIDEO: Switzerland Questioned by CAT
>>> TRANSCRIPT + VIDEO: Switzerland Questioned by CEDAW

See also:
31 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!

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 is IGM?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

CEDAW sternly reprimands Luxembourg and Chile for IGM practices!

CEDAW 69th Session examining Luxembourg @ Palais des Nations, Geneva 01.03.2018

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YAY!! Today is a good day for intersex human rights, as the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) published its Concluding Observations with binding recommendations to the State parties – including stern reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations for 2 of the examined States, raising the total number of UN reprimands for IGM to no less than 31:

Luxembourg received its first reprimand, making it the 11th European state reprimanded.
>>> CEDAW/C/LUX/CO/6-7, on IGM: paras 27-28, 45(e)+46(e) (PDF)

And Chile received already its 3rd reprimand.
>>>
CEDAW/C/CHL/CO/7, on IGM: paras 22-23 (PDF)

Thank you!  More details to follow soon …

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
31 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting …

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

“Intersex human rights used as queer bait by political parties” – GayIceland, 24.02.2018

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Human Rights For Hermaphrodites Too!>>> Brilliant op-ed by Roald Viðar Eyvindsson, also re-published here, on the proposed legal ban on circumcision (of boys, girls and intersex children!) in Iceland.

Finally an ally who says it as it is! Thank you!

From the op-ed titled “The ban on circumcision in Iceland: Humanity or hipocrisy?”, addressing the discrepancy between the public uproar when it’s about FGM in Africa or religiously (non-christian) motivated “male circumcision” vs. the complicit silence and pervasive instrumentalisation when it comes to Intersex Genital Mutilation:

“[…] is it maybe because it’s harder to cry out that human rights are being violated when they are violated by your own country and have been for decades and you can‘t blame them on smaller communities which customs you find gruesome?”

“[…] why hasn’t the Icelandic parliament taken action in the matters of intersex people when genital procedures done on intersex children clearly violate their human rights? Why is it starting to look like our MP’s generally don‘t take a serious interest in the human rights of intersex people at all? Are we to believe that protecting the rights of intersex people is merely something that political parties like to put in their policies and use as queer bait before elections?”

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting …

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

‘Abusers of Intersex Kids’ Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne: Pinkwashing Intersex Genital Mutilation at Midsumma Pride

Screenshot: Article in “the stirrer” featuring IGM survivor and intersex advocate Tony Briffa

IGM = CRIME, Not 'Health Care' or 'Therapy'!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookThe Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (RCH) is aguably the biggest IGM perpetrator in Australia, regularly mutilating defenceless intersex children not only from Melbourne and Victoria, but also from Tasmania, Western Australia, New South Wales and even New Zealand, see >>> 2018 CRPD NGO Report (PDF, 188kb), p. 9.

Nonetheless, RCH was and is repeatedly allowed to march at the Melbourne Midsumma Pride, and thereby pinkwashing their ongoing crimes perpetrated on intersex children. However, this year IGM survivor and intersex advocate Tony Briffa took a stand, denouncing RCH’s serious human rights violations of intersex kids in ‘the stirrer’:

‘I did not march at Pride March this year – the first time in years.

When I was at Pride last year I was very stressed, anxious and disturbed that the Royal Children’s Hospital – the perpetrators of ongoing abuse of intersex infants and children, and who are yet to apologise for their abuse of the past – were marching.

It was very confronting and distressing. This hospital should not be applauded at a GLBTI event. Where is the consideration and respect for intersex people and what our mental health? How offensive that the RCH would be cheered on while they continue to cut up intersex children and refuse to admit and apologise for their wrongs?

I’m flabbergasted and horrified they are in this space. Yes I get that they do some good for trans kids, but their abuse of intersex kids should not be ignored.’

Not entirely surprising, RCH so far refused to comment on the issue – and unfortunately Midsumma Pride seems to make any tangible steps to address this intolerable situation dependent on a (still missing) response of RCH.

Kudos to Tony Briffa for highlighting Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne’s pinkwashing of their serious human rights violations – and SHAME on RCH for continuing to mutilate intersex kids! When will Midsumma Pride act?

>>> Full article on ‘the stirrer’ 

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting …
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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org 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?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 2015 UN-CRC Briefing
• IGM: A Survivor’s Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy?  • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights  • Conclusion: IGM is a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

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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

>>>Download PDF (831kb)

CRC77 > Spain 10th European State Reprimanded for Intersex Genital Mutilation by UN

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Photo: Markus Bauer and Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org) with the collaborative intersex NGO report on Spain
at the 77th CRC Session, Palais Wilson, Geneva 22.01.2018

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, 19.02.2018:

During its 77th Session the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) examined Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM) in Spain. Intersex NGOs StopIGM.org and Brújula Intersexual, in collaboration with Spanish IGM survivors and parents, provided the Committee with compelling evidence of IGM being practiced allover Spain today, including in public university children’s hospitals in Madrid (despite a pro-forma law against it), Barcelona and Málaga.

The Committee has now sternly reprimanded Spain for IGM.

In its Concluding Observations, CRC not only condemned IGM in Spain as a “harmful practice” according to the Convention (CRC art. 24 (3) – like FGM), but further explicitly obliged Spain to “prohibit” the practice, and to ensure that intersex children and their families receive adequate counselling and support”! (Full binding CRC recomemendation see below.)

StopIGM.org and Brújula Intersexual welcome this clear verdict, marking
  •
the 10th European state reprimanded for IGM by a UN Treaty body
  •
the 10th reprimand for IGM by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
  •
the 20th reprimand to a European state for IGM by a UN Treaty body
  •
the 29th UN Treaty body reprimand for IGM so far, and
  •
now 18 states reprimanded in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Daniela Truffer, IGM survivor and founding member of StopIGM.org, said:

“These joyful and encouraging even numbers should not detract from the alarming fact that intersex human rights at the UN are currently in a state of crisis: Massive instrumentalising and misrepresentation of intersex and IGM by LGBT and transgender NGOs have so far nearly cut in half the number of new UN Concluding observations, namely from 13 recommendations in 2016 to a mere 7 in 2017, with some Committees effectively having stopped issuing further recommendations altogether.

Nonetheless, as these strong new recommendations by CRC demonstrate, if intersex people and organisations stand united, provide solid evidence, and clearly and strongly refuse instrumentalising and misrepresentation by 3rd party groups, UN Committees will still recognise intersex human rights, and continue to unmistakably condemn IGM practices as the serious human rights violation that they are.”

Please find below the binding CRC77 intersex recommendations in full + session video and transcripts + the NGO reports leading to CRC condemning IGM in Spain:

2017 CRC España ONG Intersex IGM

IGM Practices in Spain: 2017 CRC NGO Report
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Spain  Complicity of the State  IGM is Harmful Practice
>>> English (PDF, 815 kb)  >>> Español (PDF, 335 kb)

>>> Endorsement of Intersex NGO Report by CoPPA: English | Español
>>> TRANSCRIPT+VIDEO: Spain questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilatons
>>>
CRC77 > UN Press Release: “Genital Mutilation of Intersex Children in Spain”

CRC77: Binding Intersex Recommendations for Spain

>>> CRC/C/ESP/CO/5-6 (PDF) –> para 24

E. Violence against children (arts. 19, 24 (3), 28 (2), 34, 37 (a) and 39)

Harmful practices  [art. 24 (3)]

  24.  The Committee recommends that the State party prohibit unnecessary medical or surgical treatment from being performed on intersex children, when  those procedures entail a risk of harm and can be safely deferred until the child can actively participate in decision-making. It also recommends that the State party ensure that intersex children and their families receive adequate counselling and support.”

>>> Intersex human rights at the UN are under attack!!!

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – and counting …
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): Violation of Integrity
UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) to examine IGM Practices
CAT 2011: Germany must investigate IGM practices and compensate survivors!

Zwischengeschlecht.org 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?
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 2015 UN-CRC Briefing
• IGM: A Survivor’s Perspective • Intersex Movement History
• What are Variations of Sex Anatomy?  • What are IGM Practices?
• IGM and Human Rights  • Conclusion: IGM is a Harmful Practice
>>> Download PDF (3.14 MB)     >>> Table of Contents

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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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Ukraine > Intersex and IGM Instrumentalised and Abused for LGBT and Gender Politics at the UN

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation! The onslaught never stops (2): Virtually every time StopIGM.org takes part in an UN Treaty body session, we’re confronted with one or more trans or LGBT NGOs instrumentalising the pain and suffering of intersex children submitted to IGM as a means to their own ends, and – hand in glove with State parties constantly pinkwashing IGM practices when questioned by UN Committees – seriously damaging intersex human rights at the UN in the process.

Typical examples of big-money agencies and NGOs exploiting IGM for LGBT politics include UNFE New York, Amnesty London, EU-FRA, and ILGA. “LGBT Denmark” is another typical example of a national LGBT organisation and ILGA member abusing intersex children as cannon fodder for LGBT politics at the UN.

“Insight” Ukraine: Stealing intersex people’s words to better abuse them

Today’s salient example is taken from the review of Ukraine at the 66th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

It concerns an NGO report “LBTI People in Ukraine” (relevant full quotes here) and a subsequent Committee briefing by the  Ukranian LGBT NGO “Insight”, a self-styled “LGBTQI organisation” obviously without actual intersex representation or advocacy, and a member of ILGA Europe:

• First, in the report (p. 8) “Insight” shamelessly stole and plagiarised the words of Ukrainian intersex advocate Julia Pustovit – conveniently omitting the part where Pustovit explictly states, “I am against adding the ‘I’ to LGBT.”  (full quote) – Check.

• In addition, the “Insight” report also “(trans-)sexualised” Pustovit’s one-paragraph statement on the current practice in the Ukraine by adding two phrases including the word “sex” not contained in the original statement, first claiming the surgeries would be offered “to make it easier to determine the sex”, and second narrowing Pustovit’s demand for intersex people to decide for themselves to the one aspect most relevant for LGBT and Trans persons, i.e. “decid[ing] what sex to be”. – Check.

• Then, in the subsequent NGO briefing to CEDAW, the “Insight” representative unsurprisingly omitted intersex and IGM altogether – only asking for recommendations on “LGBTI” instead – i.e. exactly, what Pustovit had warned of! – Check.

• Already the “Insight” report (p. 8) totally failed to adequately address IGM as a “harmful  practice” (CEDAW art. 5 in conjunction with CEDAW-CRC General recommendation/comment No. 31/18 “on harmful practices”) – the crucial CEDAW human rights framework under which the Committe issued all previous recommendations condemning IGM as a serious violation – but rather focused on promoting frameworks more useful for LGBT and gender politics instead, namely “discrimination […], legal gender recognition and health issues”. – Check.

• As a consequence, there were no questions by the Committee on intersex and IGM to the Ukrainian Delegation during the session, and therefore also no recommendations in the Concluding observations. – Check.

• Even worse, such harmful misrepresentation and instrumentalising of intersex and IGM by national LGBT and Trans NGOs at the UN seems to be encouraged and supported by international big-money LGBT NGOs, for example ILGA: When we alerted a representative attending the session to the plagiarism in the “Insight” report, all we got was a shrug. – Check.

Conclusion: BINGO!!! Yet another LGBT NGO shamelessly abusing the pain and suffering of intersex children as a means to an end for LGBT politics and their own gain! Shame on you!!!!!

How much longer?!!

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