CRC77 > VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Spain questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilation by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child – Gov: No Data, No Protection

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UN-CRC 77th Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 22.01.2018, 09:56h: Getting ready …

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Geneva, 22 January: Spain is up for review at the 77th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Intersex organisations StopIGM.org and Brújula Intersexual and Spanish intersex advocates submitted compelling evidence of the ongoing practice in public Spanish children’s clinics to the Committee, and are now hoping for tough questions on intersex and Intersex Genital Mutilation.

In addition, our thematic Intersex NGO report has been endorsed by the Coordinadora de Profesionales por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA) – many thanks!  >>> English | Español

The review of Spain was transmitted live in English and Spanish on webtv.un.org:
VIDEO Session 1 (English + Español) with Committee questions: 10-13h CET 
VIDEO Session 2 (EN + ES) with Spain’s answers and follow-up question: 15-18h CET

StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE from Palais Wilson [original report]:

Session 1, Mon 22.01.2018, 10-13h CET

10:10h: The live transmission is on! Head of Spanish Delegation presenting introductory statement …

12:31h: (Video @ 2:33:35)YAY!! Second round of questions, CRC task force coordinator and vice chairperson Ms. Olga Khazova […] raises intersex children! Says the Committee is concerned about non-consensual genital mutilation and other detrimental treatment imposed on intersex children in various clinics in Spain, which is often unnecessary and always very painful, with lifelong consequences. Question: Do you plan to stop such surgeries until a child is able to make its own decision?  🙂 Unofficial Trancript:

«Another question on intersex children. The Committee is concerned about the still existing practice of non-consensual genital mutilation as well as other detrimental procedures that are imposed on intersex children in various clinics in Spain.

Such surgeries and procedures, which are often unnecessary and are always very painful produce life-long negative consequences and I don’t have time to develop this issue, I believe you are familiar with all the problems that are accompanying.

So my question is: do you plan to stop such surgeries or procedures and postpone them until later time when a child is able to make his or her own decision or at least participate in decision making, and perhaps when it turned out that such a surgery is not necessary at all.»

12:58h: Session adjourned until 3 pm …

Session 2, Mon 22.01.2018, 15-18h CET

15:02h: Session resumed, the live transmission is back on!

15:40h: (Video @ 39:16) Answer on intersex by Ms. Sagrario Mateu (Chief Health Services for Mothers and Children)!Says children are dealt with in primary health services, which do a good job, although they are overburdened, and is supported by scientific community. Genital mutilation is a very complex issue, no specific figures available here. Best thing is to wait. Children are also referred to specialised services.  :-/ Unofficial transcript (of UN simultaneous translation from original Spanish):

«You also asked about intersex children, and in answer to this I can say that intersex children are dealt with within the primary health care services. They are overburdened but work very well and do have common protocols. They are heavily supported by the scientific communities and work well.

So intersex children are seen just like any other child in mainstream primary health care services, and the question of mutilations or surgical operations, I think these are very complex issues, I really don’t have specific figures for you here, but I know that it’s something that child health care professionals do deal with. We have to look at the hormonal development of these children when it’s not very clear how the development will take place.

There are once again in this area some communities that work better than others, but it’s I think obviously the best thing to do is to wait in the case of intersex children, and primary health care service refer cases to specialised health care services if appropriate.»

15:43h: (Video @ 43:19) YAY!! Committee expert and CRC vice chairperson Mr. José Rodríguez follows up on intersex! Asks if there are systems in place for statistical collection? Are there manuals for training of health care staff? Are there any legal provisions?  🙂 Unofficial transcript (of UN simultaneous translation from original Spanish):

«Thank you, good afternoon, and my greetings to the distinguished delegation that is here with us this afternoon.

You have been telling us that you have very few cases of intersex children. I wonder whether you have any statistical collection system to know exactly how many intersex children there are in Spain, and whether you have any practical manuals or training which is provided to health care staff precisely so they can become more familiar with this issue.

And finally whether you have any legal provisions that relate to intersex children.»

15:44h: (Video @ 44:12) Follow-up answer on intersex by Ms. Sagrario Mateu (Chief Health Services for Mothers and Children):There is no national register, autonomous communities collect own data. Some have manuals and legislation, others not. National Health System is aware, children can also be sent to regional centers for treatment. Plus she simply ignored the question about legal privisions!  🙁 Unofficial transcription (of UN simultaneous translation from original Spanish):

«Thank you, Sir, for that question. We don’t have a national register because we don’t have a national assistance register in Spain. All of the autonomous Communities collect their own data, and obviously, if we want to re-evaluate policy at the central level then we have to ask the Communities for their figures.

And guides on intersex children, well, there are such guides, there are autonomous Communities that have such good guides in place. The scientific community is also involved here and it works very well in this area, as well as training is concerned, while at the national level I believe that this is training which is being attempted at the autonomous Community level, because the intersex child must be seen by someone who has been trained whether they are operated on or not.

There is no national register, I would repeat, but the health care system is aware of these children. So it is a question of how the system is coordinated.»

17:55h: Closing remarks by CRC chairperson Ms. Renate Winter … Session closed.

UPDATE!  Now 29 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations – And Counting …

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
>>>
UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain
>>>
CRC77 > Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain reported to UN

>>> 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

>>>Download PDF (831kb)

CRC77 > UN Press Release: “Genital Mutilation of Intersex Children in Spain” – But French Version Still Misrepresents IGM as “FGM” and “Surgery on Transgender Children” – OUCH!!!!

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity'Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> The English UN press release on the review of Spain by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) adequately summarises the questions on Intersex Genital Mutilation by CRC experts Olga Khazova (and José Rodríguez) as well as the revealing (non-)replies by Spanish delegate Dña. Sagrario Mateu (Chief of Health Services for Mothers and Children). Thank you!
Whereas, unfortunately, the French version (see below) only gets the (non)-answers right – please do always use the correct terms!

These are the relevant excerpts on IGM in Spain in the >>> English UN press release:

«Second Round of Questions by the Committee Experts

OLGA KHAZOVA, Committee Expert and Rapporteur for Spain  […] As for intersex children, Ms. Khazova expressed concern about the still existing practice of non-consensual genital mutilation.  Was there a plan to stop such surgeries during infancy and postpone them until a later time when adolescents could make their own decisions?»

«Replies by the Delegation

[…] Intersex children were cared for by the mainstream healthcare services and they were treated as all other children.  There was no national registry of intersex children because autonomous communities collected their own data. Autonomous communities had their legal guidelines vis-à-vis intersex children, which were developed in consultation with specialists in the field.»

Unfortunately, the >>> French UN press release mentions no questions on intersex, but rather on “female genital mutilation” instead of IGM, and even worse, in the next sentence claims the issue would be to “stop surgical operations performed on transgender children” – despite the fact that CRC rapporteur Olga Khazova and CRC expert José Rodríguez both clearly spoke of “intersex children”, and NOT transgender children! OUCH!!!!! (As we didn’t listen in to the French simultaneous translation, we don’t know what terms were used there.)

«Questions et observations des membres du Comité
MME OLGA KHAZOVA, présidente du groupe de travail du Comité chargé de l’examen du rapport de l’Espagne […] Mme Khazova a ensuite fait état de la persistance de la pratique des mutilations génitales féminines en Espagne. Elle a en outre recommandé de mettre un terme aux opérations chirurgicales pratiquées sur des transgenres mineurs et de reporter ces procédures à un âge où leurs bénéficiaires peuvent valablement juger de leur pertinence.»

On the positive side, the French press release at least correctly summarised the answers on intersex children”:

«Réponses de la délégation […]
Les autorités sanitaires s’efforcent autant que possible d’éviter les interventions chirurgicales sur les enfants intersexués, dont le nombre est au demeurant très limité, a ensuite indiqué la délégation. Les personnels soignants sont formés à la manière d’orienter ces enfants vers les services compétents.»

Please do always use the correct terms in the future, thank you!

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
>>> CRC77 > LIVE: Spain questioned over IGM – Gov: No Data, No Protection
>>>
CRC77 > Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain reported to UN

>>> CRC76 > UN Press Release calls IGM survivors “transsexual children”
>>> CAT60 > UN Press Release calls IGM “sex alignment”, survivors “transsexuals”!

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

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 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!

CRC77 > Spain to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

UN-CRC 77th Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 22.01.2018, 09:56h: Getting ready …

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Geneva, 22 January: Spain is up for review at the 77th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Intersex organisations StopIGM.org and Brújula Intersexual and Spanish intersex advocates submitted compelling evidence of the ongoing practice in public Spanish children’s clinics to the Committee, and are now hoping for tough questions on intersex and Intersex Genital Mutilation.

In addition, our thematic Intersex NGO report has been endorsed by the Coordinadora de Profesionales por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA) – many thanks!  >>> English | Spanish

The review of Spain is to be transmitted live in English and Spanish on webtv.un.org:
• Session 1 with Committee questions: 10-13h CET 
• Session 2 with Spain’s answers and follow-up questions: 15-18h CET

StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE from Palais Wilson:

Session 1, Mon 22.01.2018, 10-13h CET

10:10h: The live transmission is on! Head of Spanish Delegation presenting introductory statement …

10:20h: First round of questions. CRC task force coordinator and CRC vice chairperson Ms. Olga Khazova starts off with questions regarding school … discrimination … general priciples of the Convention … best interest of the child … right of children to be heard …

10:30h: CRC task force member Mr. Hatem Kotrane asks about implementation of the Convention …

10:37h: CRC task force member Mr. Gehad Madi continues with questions on children’s ombudsmen …

10:41h: CRC expert Mr. Luis Pedernera wants to know about the right of children born in surrogacy to know their biological parents …

10:49h: CRC task force member Ms. Ann Skelton asks about violence against children … corporal punishment …child abuse …

10:53h: 20 minutes intermission …

11:20h: Session resumed, Head of Delegation gives floor to regional representative from Galicia …

11:25h: Follow-up questions by Mr. Kotrane on budget …

11:28h:  Delegate for Social servives and equality answering on dissemination of Convention …

11:37h: Follow-up questions by Ms. Olga Khazova on general law obligations with regard to children …

11:41h: Delegation answers on schools …bullying … disabilities …

11:56h: Delegate of Ministry of Interior on implementation …

12:01h: Mr. Madi follows up on children and bull fighting …

12:04h: Ministry of Interior again …

12:13h: Follow-up by Ms. Khazova on eviction …

12:14h: Answers on surrogacy gestation … statutes of limitations regarding sex crimes …

12:21h: Answers on trafficking and sexual exploitation …

12:31h: Second round of questions, CRC task force coordinator and CRC vice chairperson Ms. Olga Khazova asks about child removal … adoption … National Health Care and children … adolescent health care … Intersex children! Committee concerned about non-consensual genital mutilation and other detrimental treatment imposed on intersex children in various clinics in Spain which is often unnecessary and always very painful, with lifelong consequences. Question: do you plan to stop such surgeries until a child is able to make its own decision? Full transcription to follow! … mental health issues … poverty …

12:41h: CRC task force member Ms. Ann Skelton asks about children of incarcerated parents … leisure and right to play … juvenile justice …

12:47h: CRC task force member Mr. Gehad Madi asks about migrant children and refugees …exploitation … prostitution …

12:58h: Session adjourned until 3 pm …

Session 2, Mon 22.01.2018, 15-18h CET

15:02h: Session resumed, the live transmission is back on! Stay tuned for a Delegation answer on intersex genital mutilation (UPDATE: see below @ 15:40–15:44h), as there was a question by CRC vice chairperson Ms. Olga Khazova (Session 1 @12:31h). CRC task force member Mr. Hatem Kotranecontinues his 2nd round of questions about trafficking and extraterritorial prosecution …

15:07h: Ms. Khazova follows up on disability and ADD … followed by (more) Delegation answers on schools …

15:30h: Still more delegation answers … positive parenting … corporal punishment … paediatric care … mental health …

15:40h: Answer on intersex by Ms. Sagrario Mateu (Chief Health Services for Mothers and Children): Children are dealt with in primary health services, which do a good job, although they are overburdened, and is supported by scientific community. Genital mutilation is a very complex issue, no specific figures  available here. Best thing is to wait. Children are also referred to specialised services. Full transcription to follow!

15:43h: Committee expert and CRC vice chairperson Mr. José Rodríguez follows up on intersex! Are there systems in place for statistical collection? Are there manuals for training of health care staff? Are there any legal provisions?
Full transcription to follow!

15:44h: Follow-up answer on intersex by Ms. Sagrario Mateu: There is no national register, autonomous communities collect own data. Some have manuals and legislation, others not. National Health System is aware, children can also be sent to regional centers for treatment. Full transcription to follow!

15:50h: Answers on residential homes … social services … best interest of the child …

16:02h: Juvenile legal and criminal responsibility …

16:24h: 15 minutes break …

16:49h: Answers on child victim protection continued … on children up to 3 years with incarcerated mothers … children of gypsy mothers …

16:56h: Answers on unaccompanied minors …

17:16h: … on holding centers in Melilla … trafficking … gender based violence … homeless children in Ceuta and Melilla …

17:22h: Follow-up questions by Mr. Madi on absence of so-called reliable documents and medical tests to determine date of birth of minor refugees … followed by answers …

17:36h: Follow-up answers on Melilla … child poverty … protocol on child victims of trafficking … combating sex tourism … law on prohibiting armed groups from recruiting children …

17:47h: Resumé by CRC task force member Ms. Ann Skelton … thanks Delegation … Committee acknowledges progress, but has to focus on problems and vulnerable groups …

17:50h: Closing statement by Head of Delegation …

17:55h: Closing remarks CRC Chairperson Ms. Renate Winter … Session closed.

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 Report by CoPPA: Download English | Spanish
>>>
UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain
>>>
CRC77 > Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain reported to UN

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

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 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

>>>Download PDF (831kb)

22.01.18 > UN-CRC to investigate Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain

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UPDATE! Our thematic Intersex NGO report has been endorsed by the Coordinadora de Profesionales por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA) – many thanks!  >>> English | Español

IGM = CRIME, Not 'Health Care' or 'Therapy'!Tomorrow Monday 22 January 2018, in Geneva the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will examine the human rights record of Spain as a contracting State party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This public examination will also be transmitted live in English and Spanish on webtv.un.org (Session 1 with Committee questions: 10-13h CET + Session 2 with Spain’s answers and follow-up questions: 15-18h CET).
>>>
CRC Timeline Spain 2017-18

Intersex organisations StopIGM.org and Brújula Intersexual are expecting tough questions on Intersex Genital Mutilation in public Spanish children’s clinics, as CRC regularly condemns IGM as a “harmful cultural practice” (just like FGM) and as violence against children.

Since 2015, the Committee on the Rights of the Child has so far reprimanded 9 states for failing to protect intersex children from IGM as stipulated by the Convention. Other UN Committees condemning IGM as a serious breach of international law include the Committee against Torture (CAT) and the Human Rights Committee (CCPR).

CRC’s verdict on Spain will be published in February shortly after the end of the 77th CRC session ­ hopefully marking already the 10th reprimand for IGM by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (and just in time for the “VII International Course of Urethral Reconstructive Surgery” shamelessly promoting IGM in Madrid on February 5-6, including multiple “Video sessions” of “Live Surgery”).

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)

>>> CRC77 > Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain reported to UN

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

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 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

>>>Download PDF (831kb) 

CRC77 > Intersex Genital Mutilation in Spain reported to UN

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UPDATE! Our thematic Intersex NGO report has been endorsed by the Coordinadora de Profesionales por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA) – many thanks!  >>> English | Español

2017 CRC España ONG Intersex IGM

NGO Report to the 5th and 6th Periodic Report of Spain on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

>>> v1.1 Español (PDF 335 kb)
>>> v1.0 English (PDF 815 kb)

Compiled by:
Brújula Intersexual
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org

During its 77th session in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will examine the human rights record of Spain as a contracting State party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to be transmitted live in English and Spanish on webtv.un.org next Monday 22.01.2018.  >>> CRC Timeline Spain 2017-18

The international intersex human rights NGOs StopIGM.org and Brújula Intersexual submitted an extensive thematic intersex report to the Committee, providing solid evidence of how today in Spain healthy intersex children are still submitted to non-consensual, unnecessary genital surgeries, sterilising procedures and other harmful treatments that continue to be advocated, prescribed and perpetrated by state funded public University and Children¹s Clinics, promoted by Spanish medical associations and paid for by the National Health System (SNS), causing lifelong severe pain and suffering.

As the report further demonstrates, multiple University clinics are regularly hosting publicly advertised events practicing what they call “Live surgery” ­ including partial clitoris amputation (e.g. in Barcelona) and penile cutting (e.g. in Malaga).

So far, in Spain only the Community of Madrid has enacted legislation aimed at preventing IGM. Law 2/2016 of the Community of Madrid states in art. 4 (3), “[…] genital surgeries of intersex persons without the informed consent of the person concerned or the need to ensure biological functionality for health reasons, are prohibited in the health services of the Community of Madrid. As the report shows, nonetheless Madrid’s public children’s hospitals continue to publicly advertise, perform and promote all forms of IGM practices – ­ just the same as in the other autonomous Communities …

The intersex NGO report, the first of its kind for Spain, also includes 4 personal testimonies of Spanish survivors of IGM practices, and is available for download both in English and Spanish language editions:
>>> http://intersex.shadowreport.org

See also:
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 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

>>> Download PDF (831kb)  

Americas > “IACHR Urges States to End Violence and Harmful Practices against Intersex Persons”

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIGM = CRIME, Not 'Health Care' or 'Therapy'!The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a >>> press release | castellano condemning Intersex Genital Mutilations as a serious human rights violation, recognising “the negative complications of these procedures, including chronic pain, permanent trauma, genital sensitivity, and sterilization”, and explicitly calling to “prohibit” IGM:

“Based on these considerations, the IACHR urges the States to urgently prohibit surgeries and medically unnecessary procedures on intersex children. The Commission further reiterates that States should respect the autonomy of all intersex persons and all dimensions of their right to health, their right to physical and psychological integrity, and their right to live free from all forms of violence and discrimination, and should prevent all inhuman and degrading treatment.” 

>>> Intersex human rights are under attack!!!

See also:
2015 IACHR Report condems Intersex Genital Mutilation
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 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

“Stop conflating intersex and LGBT,” African Commissioner warns

Human Rights For Hermaphrodites Too!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookThe 61st ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in Gambia marked not only the 30th anniversary of the Commission, but also its arguably first panel discussion on intersex human rights in Africa, hosted by the Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria) and NGOs Iranti-org and SIPD-Uganda. >>> Full report

Panelist and ACHPR Commissioner Lawrence Murugu Mute (Kenya) “acknowledged that from the nature of the human rights violations a lot of work had to be done at national level and that clearly the African Commission had a role to play”.

The Commissioner had also clear words to say on the harmful misconception & misrepresentation of intersex as an LGBT issue – and how pervasive such harmful notions are also in Kenya: 

Commissioner Mute was also concerned by the conflation of intersex and […] LGBT issues. ‘You have to do a lot of work in clarifying and explaining what intersex is all about. There is a lot of conflation maybe arising from the acronym LGBTI.’ He gave an example of the case R.M v Attorney-General and Others Petition 705 of 2007 in Kenya in which the judge delved into issues dealing with […] sexual minorities when clearly the person in the case was an intersex person.

Exactly how widespread and unreflected this harmful “conflation” is also in Africa and particularly among its main promoters, i.e. LGBT representatives, can be gleaned from the fact that within the Centre for Human Rights, instead of a department with expertise particularly on harmful practices, of all things the “SOGIE (i.e. LGBT) Unit” is coordinating intersex issues, and that the Centre’s full report of the panel discussion authored by SOGIE Unit representative Tapiwa Mamhare repeatedly misrepresented intersex as just “[an]other LGBT issue[…]” and just “[an]other sexual minority group” – even within the very paragraph describing Commissioner Mute’s valid concern!! –, and how immediately after Commissioner Mute raised his concern, moderator Monica Tabengwa (ILGA) “chipped into the discussion highlighting that there were circumstances were it is necessary to collaborate with other sexual minority groups for solidarity purposes”, again misrepresenting intersex as just “[an]other sexual minority group”how much longer?!

On a positive note, the list of recommendations presented by Tapiwa Mamhare of the Centre for Human Rights not only includes the most important measures to be implemented, but also gets the priorities right by listing the most urgent first:

  • Prohibiting genital mutilation and medically unnecessary surgery or procedures on the sex characteristics of intersex children and to protect their physical integrity and respect their autonomy.
  • Putting an end to infanticide and baby abandonment of intersex children.

We’d like to applaud ACHPR Commissioner Mute’s courageous and timely warning of the dangers of the pervasive conflation and misrepresentation of intersex as just “yet another LGBT issue” and just “yet another sexual minority”, and to urge everybody still engaging in such harmful misrepresentations to do better in the future.

And we’d like to thank the Centre for Human Rights, Iranti-org and SIPD-Uganda for facilitating this groundbreaking panel discussion, and for reporting about it.

>>> Full report: ACHPR panel discussion on intersex human rights in Africa

>>> Intersex human rights are under attack!!!

See also:
28 UN Reprimands for IGM – and counting …
“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
Intersex Genital Mutilations in South Africa: NGO Report (PDF, 926 kb) 
East Africa > Intersex Survey Documents IGM, Infanticide, Abandonment
Intersex Genital Mutilation on a Global Scale: CRC Briefing (PDF, 3.14 MB)
UN-CRC condemns Intersex Genital Mutilation in South Africa
UN-CRPD condemns Intersex Genital Mutilation in Morocco
IGM: South Africa first state to recognise ongoing harmful practice 
IDAHOT*: Let’s Talk About Intersex Appropriation …
LGBTs Instrumentalizing intersex: “Excess of projection” – Georg Klauda
UN Press Release misrepresents IGM as “sex alignment surgeries”
UN Press Release misrepresents IGM survivors as “transsexual children”
Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”
UN-CCPR120: Pinkwashing of Intersex Genital Mutilation 
UK: Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups
Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics
Australia: LGBT group misappropriating intersex funds – again!
Academic Complicity in IGM Practices 
“You shouldn’t always talk about the surgeries!”

IGM On A Global Scale: 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 in Geneva 26.–27.10.2015
>>> Download PDF (831kb)

Europe: Hermaphrodites recognized and protected by law for over 1000 years

All humans are male, female, or hermaphrodite. - Summa artis notariae Do. Rolandini Rodulphini, Lyon 1559

“All humans are male, female, or hermaphrodite”: That’s what many, many generations of students, future lawyers, administrators and notaries learned when they studied the first few pages of their compulsory readings at a medieval or early modern university.
Source: Rolandino de Passageri (ca. 1215-1300), “Summa artis notariae” (= Law text book), Bologna ca. 1255 (here: Reprint Lyon 1559).  >>> More info

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Hermaphrodites were recognized and protected by european civil and canon (=church) laws for more than 1000 years – STOP ERASING INTERSEX HISTORY!

“The idea that hermaphrodites in premodern Europe were persecuted on a regular base […] is still a common misconception. Indeed, it may be called a myth, and in several cases, this myth is quoted to support a dangerous narrative of progress: if hermaphrodites were killed as prodigies in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and adult hermaphrodites were persecuted in the later Middle Ages and in the 16th and 17th centuries, so the argument runs, then the Englightenment model that there were no ‚true‘ hermaphrodites was great progress; true, it re-defined double-sexed humans as ‚pseudo-hermaphrodites‘, but this pathologicalisation was still better than persecuting them, wasn’t it?”  >>> Christof Rolker (2016): fulltext

See also:
The Racist Roots of Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)
Academic Complicity in IGM Practices
Instrumentalizing intersex: “The fact that LGBTs in particular embrace intersex is due to an excess of projection” – Georg Klauda (2002)   

Denmark: UN slams intersex genital mutilation – again!

Photo: Nonviolent Intersex Protest #6 + Open Letter vs. 6th I-D$D, Rigshospitalet et al., Copenhagen 01.07.2017

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, 13.11.2017:

The UN Child Rights Committee condemns involuntary genital surgery on intersex children in Denmark as a “harmful practice” (just like FGM), dismissing Government claims Denmark would only be “helping intersex children”. Denmark was already reprimanded by the UN Committee against Torture in 2015. Intersex NGOs demand immediate legislative action to protect intersex children.

During its 76th Session in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) examined intersex genital mutilation in Danish University Children’s Hospitals. The Committee’s now published “Concluding observations” dated 26 October 2017 (= Intersex Awareness Day) unmistakably condemn “ongoing surgical interventions on intersex children” the lack of “redress to the child victims of such treatment”, and the lack of “adequate counselling and support for families with intersex children” (CRC/C/DNK/CO/5, full reprimand + download see below).

On the same counts, Denmark has already been reprimanded by the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), which in 2016 condemned unnecessary genital surgery on intersex children as a “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” falling under the prohibition of torture.

So far, not only the Danish Government, but also most Danish National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are still feigning ignorance of the human rights implications of intersex genital mutilation, or even continue to defend IGM, for example when questioned by CRC in Geneva:

“Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping intersex children through genital surgery” (Danish UN Delegation, Geneva 15 June 2017)

International intersex NGO StopIGM.org and Danish intersex advocate Ditte Dyreborg (EAHOO) provided CRC with evidence of the ongoing practice in public children’s hospitals allover Denmark and of the involvement of Danish doctors in international IGM Networks.

Intersex advocates warmly welcome these renewed strong reprimands for Denmark – and demand immediate action!

Daniela Truffer (StopIGM.org): “Governments and parliaments must finally introduce effective legislation to end intersex genital mutilation on the public health system. Perpetrators must be prosecuted and punished. IGM survivors must get equal access to redress and justice.”

We particularly appreciate that the Committee unmistakably considered IGM in Denmark as a “harmful cultural practice” (art. 24 (3) CRC) – just like female genital mutilation (FGM) –, and explicitly obliged Denmark to

“undertake investigation of incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex children without informed consent and adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the child victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation (CRC/C/DNK/CO/5, para 24 (c))

Intersex genital mutilation (IGM) is a serious violation of non-derogable human rights and MUST STOP!

Kind regards

Daniela Truffer, Markus Bauer / StopIGM.org       Ditte Dyreborg / EAHOO
 

Denmark: Full Binding CRC76 Intersex Recommendations
>>> Download:
CRC/C/DNK/CO/5, 26 October 2017, on intersex: para 24
>>> Transcript + Video: Denmark questioned over IGM – Gov denies
>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark
– Thematic NGO Report: PDF
>>> IGM in Denmark – Government Fails to Act
, NGO Update: PDF

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

[…]

Harmful practices [art. 24 (3)]

24. In view of ongoing surgical interventions on intersex children, the Committee recommends that the State party:

   (a)  Ensure that no one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment during infancy or childhood, guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination for the children concerned and provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support;

   (b)  Develop and implement a child rights-based health-care protocol for intersex children, setting out the procedures and steps to be followed by health teams;

   (c)  Undertake investigation of incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex children without informed consent and adopt legal provisions in order to provide redress to the child victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation;

   (d)  Educate and train medical and psychological professionals on the range of sexual and related biological and physical diversity and on the consequences of unnecessary surgical and other medical interventions for intersex children.

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark – Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>> Transcript + Video: Denmark questioned over IGM – Gov denies
>>>
CRC76 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics
>>> CRC76 > UN Press Release calls IGM survivors “transsexual children” 
>>> CRC76 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”

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

“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
28 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!

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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

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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)  

Instrumentalizing intersex: “The fact that LGBTs in particular embrace intersex is due to an excess of projection” – Georg Klauda (2002)

Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation! Fifteen years ago, the German solidary gay sociologist Georg Klauda published his groundbreaking analysis on the psychological background of the ever-increasing instrumentalization of Intersex genital mutilation as a means to an end by third interest groups, specifically to advance LGBT, civil registration and gender politics. Like the similarly groundbreaking study on intersex appropriation in academic teaching and research by Emi Koyama and Lisa Weasel, also published in 2002 (fulltext PDF), and Raven Kaldera‘s pioneering 2001 publication (fulltext) and Chris Somers‘ 2002 article (PDF –> p. 20), Klauda’s hardly surprising findings are consistently ignored by the appropriators and swept under the carpet at every turn, even though this makes them even more complicit in the ongoing genital mutilation of defenseless intersex children – how much longer?!

To raise awareness of this issue, StopIGM.org presents an english translation of key excerpts of Georg Klauda’s shocking findings of LGBT persons and groups instrumentalizing intersex:

Georg Klauda: “About the Mutilation of Hermaphrodites”
Presentation 31.10.2002 @ House of Democracy and Human Rights, Berlin
(German fulltext | Print version | PDF

«When we talk about the mutilation of hermaphrodites, as I will do in the following, it makes sense to consider the danger of projection. We tend to perceive things only in a coordinate system that we are familiar with, and to project problems onto an object that are not the same as those of the object itself. When we then begin to talk about the topic, whether as journalists, academics or political activists, there is a danger that the problems we construct will mask the voices of those who want to report first-hand on their experiences.

Such forms of projection have been taking place for some years now in the field of genital mutilation of hermaphrodites. […]

I say this because there is a phenomenon to subsume hermaphrodites under such newer signs as queer and transgender. Such a de-differentiation is only beneficial to medicine, because it hides the specific problems of each particular group, on the one hand, and on the other hand because it reissues the concept of the Third Gender from the early 20th century, which is based on sexual medicine. […]

I think that hermaphrodites find themselves in this scenario only remotely, because they are not concerned with their self-definition, but with ending an invasive medical practice. Therefore often it is not themselves, but transsexuals as well as lesbians and gays who represent hermaphrodites in public. The fact that they in particular embrace this topic is due to an excess of projection. They do not see that their own set of problems, i. e. the problem of coming out and social recognition, is not that of hermaphrodites. They do not see that the unwanted adoption of hermaphrodites by the lesbian, gay and trans movement is tantamount to blindsiding and colonization, and is morally unacceptable because it masks the actual concerns of people with a medical experience of violence. […]

The queer and transgender models also create colonization cascades: lesbians and gays colonize transsexuals, transsexuals colonize transgenders, transgenders colonize hermaphrodites. […]

We will therefore have to get used to addressing hermaphrodites not as members of a minority but, in their own opinion, as victims of medical torture. […]»

>>> Intersex human rights are under attack!!!

See also:
Academic Complicity in IGM Practices
UK: Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups
Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics
Australia: LGBT group misappropriating intersex funds – again! 🙁
“You shouldn’t always talk about the surgeries!”