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Suisse: Intersex-Protest + Open Letter to Minister Sommaruga + Fed Gov on on Human Rights Day, 10.12.2015

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Après une visite d’État de Simonetta Sommaruga (PS), ministre de la Justice Suisse, à son homologue luxembourgeois Félix Braz (Verts), les deux ministères ont publié des communiqués de presse [ Suisse | Luxembourg ], dans lesquels ils affirment insolemment que le but de la visite était supposément, entre autres, d’améliorer la situation des personnes présentant des variations du développement sexuel (intersexes), ce qui a ensuite été répété sans le remettre en question dans divers médias [ Français: Tribune de Genève, 360° | Allemand: Blick, Watson ].

Le groupe de défense des droits de l’homme Zwischengeschlecht.org note que dans les deux pays, les enfants intersexes continuent d’être systématiquement mutilés aux génitaux peu après leur naissance, ces violations graves des droits de l’homme étant financées dans les deux pays directement par les Etats concernés, par exemple en Suisse par l’assurance invalidité (IV).

C’est pourquoi la Suisse a déjà été condamnée sans équivoque à quatre reprises ces dernières années par des organes de l’ONU (Comité des droits de l’enfant, 2015; Comité contre la torture, 2015; Comité des droits de la femme, 2016; Comité des droits de l’homme, 2017). Malgré cela, les deux gouvernements, y compris leurs ministères de la justice, continuent de permettre aux auteurs de mutiler en toute impunité et même de les protéger.

Zwischengeschlecht.org condamne la complicité des deux Etats dans l’actuelle mutilation génitale des enfants intersexes et l’hypocrisie que les dirigeants politiques veulent maintenant agir en tant qu’assistants des personnes intersexes en excluant les violations massives des droits de l’homme selon un modèle connu, et encore une fois contraire aux faits réduire la souffrance des personnes intersexes à des questions d’identité de genre et de l’état civil, et à continuer à les approprier politiquement sous discrimination et les «questions LGBT» pour distraire l’attention de leur complicité.

L’ONU condamne les mutilations génitales sur les bébés intersexes (MGI)
Le Parlament Européen condamne les Mutilations Génitales Intersexes (MGI)
MGI en Suisse : “Traitement du passé” par la destruction des dossiers
« Je ne suis pas un monstre » : Mutilateurs des bébés intersexes à Luxembourg
Mutilations Intersexes : « Seule la peur du juge va bouger les choses »
C’est pourquoi le Comité contre la Torture va condamner la France pour les MGI

Mutilations Génitales Intersexes: L’ONU-CRC réprimande la France! 
UN-CEDAW réprimande la France – pour la 3e fois: MGI = “Pratique préjudiciable”

USA Recognise Intersex Awareness Day 2017 – Mutilations Continue …

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity' Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookOn 26 October 2017, the US State Department issued a press release, proclaiming “solidarity with intersex persons and their advocates around the world” and “recogniz[ing] that intersex persons face violence […]. At a young age, intersex persons routinely face forced medical surgeries without free or informed consent. These interventions jeopardize their physical integrity and ability to live freely”, as well as calling for “[i]ncreased recognition, understanding and awareness of intersex persons and their human rights […].”

Predictably, the State Department however did NOT call for legislation to criminalise or adequately sanction Intersex Genital Mutilation and to ensure access to redress and justice for survivors, but merely “reaffirm[ed] our strong commitment to promoting a world where all persons can freely and equally express themselves with dignity […].”

My 2 cents: Let’s face it, the Obama administration threw intersex children under the bus (in favour of LGBT and transgender rights). So far, regarding intersex children, the Trump administration fares no different.

How much longer?! DEEDS, NOT WORDS!!!

See also:
Celebrating Intersex Awareness Day 2017
Intersex Awareness Day: ‘Boston ’96 was a PROTEST!’

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

Celebrating Intersex Awareness Day 2017

Photo: Noviolent Intersex Protest #4 + Open Letter vs. 6th I-D$D et al., Copenhagen University 30.06.2017

Human Rights For Hermaphrodites Too!Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook26 October is Intersex Awareness Day.
This year, we are kicking back – and celebrate:

• 10 years of Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

25+ UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations

• 125+ Nonviolent Intersex Protests

• 250+ Media Appearances to Raise Awareness

We wish everyone a happy Intersex Awareness Day 2017!

Hermaphrodites With Attitude, Boston 26.10.1996On 26 October, Intersex People, Survivors, Partners, Families, Friends and Allies around the globe celebrate Intersex Awareness Day, commemorating the very first INTERSEX PROTEST in Boston in 1996 against the Annual Convention of the American Academy of Padiatrics (AAP), and in support of over 20 Years of Organised Struggle to End INTERSEX GENITAL MUTILATIONS.

See also:
IAD 2016: Soon 20 UN Reprimands for Intersex Genital Mutilations!
Intersex Awareness Day 2015: Nonviolent Intersex Protest @ Zurich State Parliament
‘Boston ’96 was a PROTEST!’ Happy 10th Intersex Awareness Day 2013!

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

“Harmful Medical Practice”: UN, COE, ACHPR, IACHR condem IGM
25+ 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

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UK, Morocco > UN slams intersex genital mutilation on the NHS – again!

Photo: Nonviolent Intersex Protest vs. ‘4th I-D$D Symposium’, Glasgow, 09.06.2013: Video | Report | Open Letter

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookPress Release by StopIGM.org, IntersexUK, UK Intersex Association, 09.10.2017:

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity' UN Disability Rights Committee condemns involuntary genital surgery on intersex children in the UK and Morocco. Also reprimands UK for misallocation of intersex funding. Intersex NGO Coalition demands immediate legislative action.

During its 18th Session in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) examined intersex genital mutilation in NHS clinics. The Committee’s now published ‘Concluding observations’ unmistakably condemn ‘involuntary medical treatment’ of intersex persons on the NHS including ‘forced sterilisation’ and ‘corrective’ genital surgery, lack of ‘equal access to justice’ for victims, and the lack of consultation and effective participation of intersex organisations in decision-making processes concerning policies and legislation affecting them (CRPD/C/GBR/CO/1, full reprimand to the UK + download see below).

On the first two counts, the UK has already been reprimanded by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which in 2016 condemned unnecessary genital surgery on intersex children as a ‘harmful practice’ (just like FGM).

On occasion of the 18th CRPD session, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities also obliged Morocco to ‘prohibit and criminalise’ involuntary surgeries on intersex personsand to ‘raise awareness of such practices as harmful’ (CRPD/C/MAR/CO/1, full reprimand to Morocco + download see below).

Intersex NGOs IntersexUK, The UK Intersex Association, StopIGM.org and intersex advocate Leslie Jaye provided CRPD with evidence of the ongoing practice allover the UK, personal testimony to the lifelong severe pain and suffering caused by IGM, and salient examples of intersex government funding being paid out to 3rd party LGBT organisations instead, or to “LGBTI” organisations without acual intersex representation and expertise, while intersex organisations continue to remain unfunded.

The intersex NGO Coalition warmly welcomes these renewed strong reprimands for the UK – and demands immediate action:

‘Governments and parliaments must finally introduce effective legislation to end intersex genital mutilation on the NHS. Perpetrators must be prosecuted and punished. IGM survivors must get equal access to redress and justice. And funding designated to support intersex organisations must no longer be misallocated to 3rd party groups.’

In Geneva, the UK tried in vain to sidestep Committee experts’ questions on intersex and IGM. Thankfully, CRPD Chairperson Theresia Degener refused to have the wool pulled over her eyes, but called the UK’s bluff:

‘You answered on female genital mutilation, but I was talking about intersex genital mutilation. And while it is commendable to give 45’000 pounds to the LGBTI community, it does not mean that this money reaches intersex persons and that the harmful practices which I mentioned yesterday, which this Committee and other Treaty Body Committees consider as ill-treatment and in some instances as torture, will be stopped, and I’m afraid that giving some money to civil society is not enough in order to stop serious human rights violations.’    >>> Full transcript + video

Intersex NGOs IntersexUK, The UK Intersex Association and StopIGM.org particularly appreciate that the Committee’s ‘Concluding observations’ to the UK include no less than 3 different binding recommendations on intersex and IGM under 3 different sets of articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), namely under Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse (art. 16), Protecting the integrity of the person (art. 17) and General principles and obligations (arts. 1-4).

And we appreciate that the Committee also explicitly obliged Morocco inter alia to ‘prohibit and criminalize the practice of corrective surgeries on intersex persons […] in the absence of prior and informed consent’ and to ‘raise awareness of such practices as harmful’.

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

United Kingdom: Full Binding CRPD18 Intersex Recommendations
>>> Download:
CRPD/C/GBR/CO/1, 3 October 2017, on intersex: paras 10-11, 38-41 
>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in the UK – Thematic NGO Report: DOC | PDF
>>> IGM in the UK – Gov Fails to Act + Testimony
, NGO Update: DOC | PDF
>>> UK Intersex NGO Coalition CRPD Statement 21.08.2017:
DOC | PDF

 
A.  General principles and obligations (arts. 1-4)

[…]

10. The Committee is concerned about:

   (a)  The challenges facing organizations of persons with disabilities, including organizations representing women, children and intersex persons with disabilities, in accessing support and being consulted and actively involved in the implementation of the Convention;

   (b)  The lack of sufficient mechanisms to ensure the effective participation of all organizations of persons with disabilities in decision-making processes concerning policies and legislation in all areas of the Convention, such as the strategy entitled “Fulfilling Potential: making it happen”.

11. The Committee recommends that the State party:

   (a)  Allocate financial resources to support organizations representing persons with disabilities, including women and children with disabilities, and develop mechanisms to ensure the inclusive, strategic and active involvement of organizations of persons with disabilities, including women, children and intersex persons, in the planning and implementation of all legislation and measures that affect the lives of persons with disabilities;

   (b)  Establish mechanisms to secure the full participation of organizations of persons with disabilities in the design and implementation of strategic policies aimed at implementing the Convention across the State party, through objective, measurable, financed and monitored strategic action plans.

B.  Specific rights (arts. 5-30)

[…]

Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse (art. 16)

38. The Committee is concerned about abuse, ill-treatment, sexual violence and exploitation of women, children, intersex persons and elderly persons with disabilities, and the insufficient measures to prevent all forms of exploitation, violence and abuse against persons with disabilities. It is also concerned at reports of cases of disability hate crime, in the absence of consistent data collection and differences in legal provisions for sentencing different types of hate crime, particularly in England and Wales.

39. The Committee recommends that the State party, in close collaboration with organizations of persons with disabilities, and in line with target 16.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals:

   (a)  Establish measures to ensure equal access to justice and to safeguard persons with disabilities, particularly women, children, intersex persons and elderly persons with disabilities from abuse, ill-treatment, sexual violence and exploitation;

   (b)  Define comprehensively the offence of disability hate crime, and ensure appropriate prosecutions and convictions;

   (c)  Ensure that all facilities and programmes designed to serve persons with disabilities are effectively monitored by independent authorities, in accordance with article 16 (3) of the Convention.

Protecting the integrity of the person (art. 17)

40. The Committee is concerned that persons with disabilities, including women, intersex persons, girls and boys, reportedly continue to be subjected to involuntary medical treatment, including forced sterilization and conversion surgeries.

41. The Committee recommends that the State party repeal all types of legislation, regulations and practices allowing any form of forced intervention or surgery, and ensure that the right to free, prior and informed consent to treatment is upheld and that supported decision-making mechanisms and strengthened safeguards are provided, paying particular attention to women, intersex persons, girls and boys.
   

Morocco: Full Binding CRPD18 Intersex Recommendations
>>> Download:
CRPD/C/MAR/CO/1, 25 September 2017, on intersex and IGM: paras 36-37

 
Protecting the integrity of the person (art. 17)

36.  The Committee notes with concern that persons with disabilities in the State party, particularly intersex persons with disabilities, are subjected to corrective surgeries and to the practice of forced sterilization, including forced chemical castration.

37.   The Committee recommends that the State party prohibit and criminalize the practice of corrective surgeries on intersex persons with disabilities, in the absence of prior and informed consent, and the practice of forced sterilization, including forced chemical castration. It also recommends that the State party raise awareness of such practices as harmful and strengthen mechanisms aimed at ensuring that the informed consent of persons with disabilities is given for any medical and surgical treatment.

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

See also:
26 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 (CCPR) 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!

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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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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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East Africa > Intersex Survey Documents Intersex Genital Mutilation, Infanticide, Abandonment, Expulsion in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda

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Human Rights For Hermaphrodites Too!A newly published >>> “Baseline Survey on intersex realities in East Africa – Specific focus on Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda” by SIPD Uganda documents serious human rights violation of intersex children including infanticide, intersex genital mutilation, abandonment and not being able to attend school. But also intersex adolescents and adults face ostracism, expulsion, harassment and curiosity rape, and intersex persons are often misrepresented as homosexuals. Ostracism, harassment and expulsion is also faced by parents of intersex children, particularly by mothers, who are considered to be witches or victims of witchcraft, and are abandoned by their husbands and in-laws.

Such massive abuses of intersex persons also in Africa have been recognised by the UN as a serious human rights violation, particularly by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Committee against Torture (CAT) and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRCPD), which already condemned such violations also in Africa (namely CRC regarding South Africa and CRPD regarding Morocco), but also by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), and also the Final declaration of the 2017 BanFGM Conference co-organised by the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) explicitly mentions “intersex genital mutilation” and called to “support and promote victims […] through the provision of essential services (medical, psychological and legal) free of charge”!

Some key findings of the SIPD Ugands baseline survey (fulltext) on infanticide, expulsion, sexualised violence, intersex genital mutilation, superstition, denial of housing, denial of school education, and misrepresentation as homosexuals:

Infanticide, expulsion, sexualised violence

«In all three countries in this survey, namely, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya when an intersex child is born, the family treats the birth with extreme secrecy – with intervention strategies limited to close family members. In all the responses we received, families will isolate the child from the general public. As standard treatment, the mother of such a child will be frowned upon, and most intersex infants will be killed shortly after birth. Those who are not killed face different forms of discrimination – for example, in Uganda intersex teenagers are forced to drop out of school and live a disempowered and secret life, often subjecting them to sexual violence in terms of curiosity rape and other forms of sexual and physical harassment. In Kenya, the family will send the intersex teenager away from home and from the village to find anywhere else to live and caution them never to return. In Rwanda, a few intersex young people have sought refuge in Nyamirambo camp for LGBTI destitute people but have been forced to leave for lack of safety and relevant services. Some have resorted to suicide. Usually superstition loom large as families consult witchdoctors, mediums and traditional healers for a solution. What would appear to be a positive story is for a scanty number of intersex people born into wealthy families, who avail them with medical information and where needed sex re-assignment surgeries. Even in these cases, the doctors were quick to note that no one is sure if the surgeries done are the right ones or if they will prove useful to the intersex child later on in their life.»

Intersex Genital Mutilation:

«There are many children in Uganda who have had involuntary surgical procedures and it has been parents and doctors who have spearheaded this. A mother in Mukono district said […] when this mother gave birth, the child had a very tiny penis that couldn’t be noticed. The husband wanted to know whether she gave birth to a boy or a girl and the in-laws were on her neck. There was an organization that helped her acquire medical help.It’s very unfortunate that the doctor who did the surgery didn’t tell her anything like implications and up today she is regretting why she made such a decision that her child should have a surgical procedure because what she was trying to protect, things just went worse as she was abandoned by the husband and the in-laws basing on all that happened since the surgery wasn’t a success but rather left emotional and physical scars.» (The full survey also contains photos of botched interventions – WARNING!)

Superstition, abandonment

«Women who give birth to intersex children are often considered to be witches or victims of witchcraft, and the intersex children are considered a bad omen to the family, which should be gotten rid of. The ridding takes the form of murders or abandonment. Many women are abandoned by their husbands and in-laws due to the news of such a birth. Most mothers of intersex children dump and abandon their intersex children for dead in pit latrines and lonely forest areas and run from their homes for fear of possible prejudice-driven crimes towards them by family or community members. It’s so unfortunate that the general East African society has always responded with denial, hostility and at best, silence, on these matters pertaining to sexual development and related health and rights concerns.»

«In Uganda if an intersex child is born in urban and rural areas of Uganda, it is considered to be a punishment for an offence the mother committed either in the present life or an earlier life. The child and the mother are expelled from the community, which is essential for survival. Therefore, many mothers kill their newborn baby, hoping that the child’s intersex remains undetected at the funeral, since other members of the community rarely touch the dead body during the funeral. And they continue to note that in Uganda we have failed to acknowledge that culture is not static it’s dynamic. This leading to sections of the communities all over the country to reproof intersex children as a population haunted by witch craft and as result basic care needs and health become a problems to these children in case they survive death.»

Denial of housing

«In Northern Uganda for example, intersex children are denied housing. They are separated from their siblings and put in remote huts on the peripheral of the homestead, further than where animals are kept. They argue that if this child is left to stay with siblings it’s very easy for this child to pass on the bad luck to other children in the family that are considered “normal”. There is another case in Rakai district where a child was moved from the main house and isolated in a small hut at the advice of the family’s in-laws. This was a measure to control the continuity of what is considered a bad omen in the family.

A typical homestead will have a main house and other sub houses. When an intersex child is born, they are removed from the main house and put into a small hut distanced from the main homestead to stop the bad omen affecting the entire family.»

Denial of school education

«The baseline found out that in Uganda and other East African countries, 90% of the intersex youth interviewed reported that they were forced to drop out of school because of the immense stigma and discrimination associated with the non-binary development of their intersex body.»

Misrepresentation as homosexuals

One intersex person in Masaka district was quoted saying: «“[..] [When] an intersex person passes [on the street], people will start arguing whether it’s a boy or a girl and consequently start to discuss his/her orientation and naming the intersex person all sorts of names. In fact since they fail in most cases to understand our bodies, they will think we are the ones who are the homosexuals.”»

>>> “Baseline Survey on intersex realities in East Africa – Specific focus on Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda” by SIPD Uganda

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

IGM on a Global Scale: 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 as 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)

Intersex: How to Distinguish Medical Crimes from Health Care

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIGM = CRIME, Not 'Health Care' or 'Therapy'!It’s important to challenge paediatricians and other actors trying to masquerade serious human rights violations as “legitimate medical therapy” – particularly now that IGM perpetrators are aware they’re increasingly in the public spotlight, and as a result are doubling their efforts to muddying the waters.
However, with the wide range of different interventions on intersex children, and the many different forms of IGM practices, not every procedure is always easy to ascertain.

Nonetheless, in most cases this can be done quickly enough:

To determine whether a procedure performed on a child or person with intersex variations is legit or criminal, from an international human rights perspective it’s helpful to differentiate between 1. medical crimes, 2. rehabilitation for survivors and 3. genuine intersex specific health care – and to examine if the procedure in question falls into one of these categories:

  1. Medical crimes = all involuntary, non-urgent procedures imposed because of an intersex variation, including sterilising, feminising, masculinising, surgical, hormonal and other procedures = serious violations of non-derogable human rights as recognised by UN Treaty bodies, including genital mutilation, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment falling under the prohibition of torture, harmful practices, non-consensual scientific and medical experimentation, institutionalised violence

  2. Rehabilitation = all voluntary procedures needed as a result of previous serious violations because of an intersex variation, including adequate trauma counselling = in itself also a non-derogable right

  3. Health care = all voluntary and/or urgent procedures needed because of an intersex variation, including adequate psychosocial and peer support for persons concerned and families

If one of the above categories applies, the nature of a procedure on a child or person with intersex variations can then be identified accordingly:

a)    If the procedure falls under 1., it’s a medical crime (which according to international law must be investigated, perpetrators prosecuted and punished, and victims ensured access to redress and justice, including adequate compensation and as full rehabilitation as possible). 

b)    If the procedure falls under 2. or 3., it’s legit.

Particularly in a human rights context, it’s further important to note that despite that all procedures under 1.–3. invariably take place in health care settings, and despite that legit procedures under 2. Rehabilitation also do help stabilising or improving health and can (and should!) legitimaly be offered as health care, only if a procedure falls under 3., it’s actually (intersex specific) health care and therefore a genuine health care issue, and ONLY THEN it should be framed and addressed accordingly.

On the other hand, all procedures falling under 1. Medical crimes or 2. Rehabilitation should NEVER be misrepresented as “health care issues”, but MUST ALWAYS be correctly framed and addressed under overriding (!) serious violations of non-derogable human rights and the non-derogable obligation of states to protect every child and person from such serious violations including genital mutilation and cruel and inhuman treatment, and to ensure redress for victims, including access to justice, adequate compensation, and as full rehabilitation as possible, as enshrined in various international human rights treaties recognised as applicable by the relevant UN Treaty bodies, namely CAT, CRC, CCPR, CRPD and CEDAW (however not CESCR, which does not include non-derogable rights).

(And only after the overriding serious violations of non-derogable human rights because of IGM have been firmly established and addressed, thereafter the consequential implications of IGM also in lower-ranking human rights law and corresponding fields can then be addressed adequately, including implications on health care, which can then also be addressed according to the right to the highest attainable standard of health enshrined in various conventions, now also beyond the most relevant ones covering non-derogable rights, see above CAT, CRC, CCPR, CRPD, …)

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

See also:
26 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 (CCPR) 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!

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

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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)

Spain > 2 Days of Live Intersex Genital Mutilation – Unchallenged :-(

StopIGM.org has repeatedly exposed and challenged Live Intersex Genital Mutilators, for example in London (2011), Tübingen (2011) and Seligenstadt (2015, see photo).

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IGM = Mutilation, NOT 'Controversy' or 'Debate'!This weekend, international intersex genital mutilators met in Barcelona (Spain) at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (Dpt. of Paediatric Surgery, Dpt. of Paediatric Urology)” for two days of “Live surgery” on children with “Disorders of Sex Development DSD XX”, including 2 surgeries on children diagnosed as “CAH Prader IV” (usually translating to partial clitoris amputation and “vaginoplasty”), and one child submitted to “DSD XX Redo-surgery” (usually translating to more of the same).   >>> Announcement     >>> Programme (PDF)

Live genital mutilators and presenters included well-known perpetrators:

Prof. Dr. Pierre Moriquand (Lyon, France)
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Kalfa (Montpellier, France)
Prof. Dr. Abraham Cherian (London, UK)
Prof. Dr. Peter Cuckow (London, UK)
Dr. Rados Djinovic (Belgrade, Serbia)
Dr. Elena Arana (Barcelona, Spain)
Dr. Laura Audí (Barcelona, Spain)
Dr. Ana Coma (Barcelona, Spain)
Dr. Marino Asensio (Barcelona, Spain)

Unfortunately, this atrocity was allowed to happen unchallenged – because, as per usual, if StopIGM.org does not research, publicly denounce and challenge such perpetrators, no one else will anyway – but instead the perpetrators are simply allowed to continue mutilating defenceless children with impunity! 🙁

How much longer?!

Intersex children at risk of being submitted to IGM deserve better!!!

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

See also:
Open Letter of Concern to ‘6th I-DSD Symposium’ Copenhagen 2017
Open Letter of Concern to ’55th ESPE’ Paris 2016
Open Letter of Concern to ‘6th ISHID Hypospadias Workshop’, Seligenstadt 2015
Open Letter of Concern to ’53rd ESPE’ Dublin 2014
Open Letter of Concern to ‘4th WOFAPS’ Berlin 2013
Open Letter of Concern to ‘9th Joint Meeting’ (ESPE/LWPES) Milano 2013
Open Letter of Concern to ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ Glasgow 2013
Open Letter of Concern to ’51st Annual Meeting of ESPE’ Leipzig 2012
Open Letter of Concern to ’23rd ESPU’ Zurich 2012
Open Letter of Concern to ‘ISHID’ Live Genital Mutilators London 2011
Open Letter of Concern to ‘3rd EuroDSD Symposium’ Lübeck 2011
Open Letter of Concern to ’11th EMBL/EMBO Conference’ Heidelberg 2010

Intersex Genital Mutilation: “Denmark plans to continue this practice”

#UNCRC76 – Danish UN Delegation (non-)answering on intersex, Geneva 15 Sept 2017

«Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping intersex children through genital surgery to overcome functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a medical indication, and parents are always involved in the decision regarding the operation.»  >>> Full transcript + video

At the 76th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), when questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilation, the Danish delegation achieved a rare feat: Both denying and defending the practice at the same time! 

Hm, let’s see:

Intersex: No Reckoning, No Reconciliation! «Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping HARMING intersex children through genital surgery MUTILATION to overcome PREVIOUSLY NON-EXISTING functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a BOGUS medical indication, and parents are always involved LIED TO in the decision regarding the operation.» 

There, Danish UN Delegation, fixed that for ya!

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark – Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>> CRC76 > VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Denmark Denies + Defends “Practice”!
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CRC76 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics
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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!!!

OUCH!!! UN Press Release calls IGM survivors “transsexual children who underwent difficult surgeries”, and IGM “discrimination”! Guess why :-(

Intersex is NOT THE SAME as LGBT or SOGI  «Unfortunately, there are multiple, often interrelated harmful misconceptions about intersex still prevailing in public, notably if intersex and IGM are misrepresented as sexual orientation or gender identity issues. Regrettably, such misrepresentations seem to be on the rise also at the UN, for example in recent UN press releases and Summary records misrepresenting IGM as “sex alignment surgeries” (i.e. voluntary procedures on transsexual or transgender persons), IGM survivors as “transsexual children”, and intersex NGOs as “a group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex victims of discrimination” .»
2017 CRC76 Intersex Report Denmark (PDF), p. 3
 

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Unfortunately, on occasion of the review of Denmark during 76th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) not only once more an LGBT organisation wilfully instrumentalised the pain and suffering of IGM victims for their own interests – but now again (!) both (!!) the English and the French UN press release issued after the hearing in Geneva just added two more salient examples of the endless onslaught of such harmful and damaging misrepresentations:

While the >>> French UN press release at least also mentioned intersex children, it nonetheless consistently misrepresented intersex genital mutilation as an alleged form of “discrimination against transgender and intersex children” (“discrimination dont sont victimes les enfants transgenres et intersexués au Danemark”).

Even worse, the >>> English UN press release didn’t even bother to name intersex children at all, but instead misrepresented IGM survivors as “transsexual children who underwent difficult treatments and surgeries”!! 

On top of all this, both press releases also entirely omitted the revealing (non-)answer of the Danish delegation, stretching credibility beyond belief by both denying and defending IGM at the same time: «Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping intersex children through genital surgery to overcome functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a medical indication, and parents are always involved in the decision regarding the operation.»  >>> Full transcript of CRC67 Intersex Q&A Denmark

Instrumentalising Intersex Is NOT A Victimless Crime!

How much longer?!

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

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark – Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>> CRC76 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”
>>> CRC76 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics

>>> CAT60 Argentina > UN Press Release calls IGM “sex alignment surgeries”,
        IGM survivors “transsexual children”! Guess why 🙁
>>> CRPD18 UK > Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups
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Amnesty Report fails Intersex Children and IGM Survivors
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Australia > LGBT group misappropriating intersex funds – again! 🙁
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“You shouldn’t always talk about the surgeries!”
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“Academic Complicity in IGM Practices” 

CRC76 > VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: Denmark Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – Gov Denies + Defends “Practice”!

«Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping intersex children through genital surgery to overcome functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a medical indication, and parents are always involved in the decision regarding the operation.» 
                      
— Danish UN Delegation, Geneva 15 June 2017

>>> Intersex Genital Mutilation in Denmark: 2016 CRC Report (PDF)
>>> IGM in Denmark – Government Fails to Act: 2017 CRC Update (PDF)
>>>
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”

UN-CRC 76th Session @ Palais Wilson, Geneva 15.09.2017, 09:51h: Getting ready …
(Left row, 3rd from front: Mr. Hatem Kotrane who asked the question on intersex.)

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Fri 15.09.2017 10-13h CET + 15-18h CET
>>> Archived VIDEOS: Session1 | Session 2

StopIGM.org was reporting LIVE from Palais Wilson, hoping for tough questions on IGM practices!

Session 1, Fri 15.09.2017, 10-13h CET

10:37h: (Video @ 38:20)YAY!! CRC expert and member of the Task force on Denmark, Ms. Mikiko Otani, raises harmful practices, mentions treatment of intersex children as a concern of the Committee, announces a collegue will ask a question later! 🙂
   

12:46h: (Video @ 2:47:15) YAY!! Committee expert and Task force coordinator, Mr. Hatem Kotrane, asks about treatments of intersex children which are nor medically necessary and irreversible. What measures are planned, also regarding access to redress for victims? :-) :-) :-)
Unfortunately, the english UN simultaneous translation partly mixed up intersex and trans :-/
Inofficial translation of the original question in french, correcting some omissions and mistakes in the simultaneous translation:

«Concerning the latter children [i.e. intersex children], they are treated shortly after birth to quote-unquote “normalise” their genital organs and to be able to attribute a sex to a child.

Treatments involve surgical or hormonal treatments. Necessary clinical tests are described in instructions to hospitals and the medical team is called upon to work very closely with parents to determine the sex of the child. However, the treatment as we know takes place without the consent of the child because the child is too young to express an opinion.

There is very little understanding or knowledge about the physical and psychological treatment over the long term of this kind of treatment as well as consequences when children are not treated because there is very little research carried out in this area. So the Danish practices doesn’t include any systematic follow-up on the children, their development, their well-being and effects of the treatment.

We’re worried also that the medical practice allows for treatments that are irreversible and which are not based on medical reasons Such practices might be disproportionate vis-à-vis the child and his or her right to physical integrity and to be heard in all matters that affect him or her.

So our question is: What measures have been considered by the government to deal with all of these difficulties and also to undertake investigations into incidents of medically unnecessary operations on intersex children without informed consent, as well as to adopt provisions in order to provide redress for children who are the victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation?»

Session 2, Fri 15.09.2017, 15-18h CET

16:56h: (Video @ 01:56:30) An undisclosed Delegation member (non-)answers on surgical and other procedures on intersex children on behalf of the Ministry of Health, issuing another full denial: While claiming there are no exact records on surgical treatments of children with D$D, allegedly only 1 child per year is born with ambiguous genitalia in Denmark, however for these these “extremely rare cases” there are no less than 3 specialised hospitals …. Parents are allegedly “extensively” informed before “consenting” to surgery, which is is allegedly never solely cosmetic, but always medically indicated. “Denmark intends to continue this practice.” (The question about measures to ensure access to redress for IGM survivors was simply ignored.) :-( :-( :-( Inofficial Transcript:

«I will move on to an entirely different question, the question from earlier this morning on surgical and other procedures on intersex children before they are at an age where they’re able to provide informed consent.

In Denmark there is no exact record of the number of children who have been treated for DSD, Disorders of Sex Development, as DSD can cover up to 50 different diagnoses. In Denmark it’s forbidden for doctors to make irreversible interventions on children if there is no informed consent from the parents. The parents therefore receive extensive information and are always involved in the decision regarding the operation.

Approximately one child each year is born with ambiguous genitalia in Denmark. In this extremely rare case where there is doubt about the sex of the child a paediatrician will carry out further examination including diagnostic imagening and chromosome analysis. The determination of the sex of the child is carried out in close dialogue with the parents of the child and will be based on the needs of the child. Interventions are never done solely for cosmetic reasons but are always performed on a medical indication. Surgical intervention on the sex characteristics is not performed on infants in Denmark.

Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping children through surgery to overcome functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a medical indication. Dissemination and treatment of DSD conditions are centralised in three highly specialised departments at three different hospitals to ensure that children and adults with DSD receive the best possible support and treatment.»

17:57h: Session closed. Due to time constraints there were no follow-up questions on intersex.

«Denmark plans to continue this practice of helping HARMING intersex children through genital surgery MUTILATION to overcome PREVIOUSLY NON-EXISTING functional and practical difficulties, but surgery will always be based on a BOGUS medical indication, and parents are always involved LIED TO in the decision regarding the operation.» 
There, Danish UN Delegation, fixed that for ya!

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

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

See also:
24 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!

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