CRC76 > Intersex: Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookFrom the 2017 CRC Denmark NGO Report (Update for Session) (PDF, p. 4-5):

5. Misrepresenting Genital Mutilation as “Health Care”

Unfortunately, there are multiple, often interrelated harmful misconceptions about intersex still prevailing in public, notably if intersex and IGM are misrepresented as LGBT or SOGI issues. [13] Despite that intersex persons and their organisations have repeatedly spoken out clearly against such misrepresentations, [14] regrettably they 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” [15] and State parties referring to e.g. transgender guidelines [16] or “Gender Identity Law” [17] when asked about IGM by e.g. Treaty bodies.

An interrelated, alarming new trend is the increasing misrepresentation of IGM as “health-care issue” instead of a serious human rights violation, and the promotion of “self-regulation” of IGM by the current perpetrators instead of effective measures to end the practice. [18] [19] [20] [21]

Therefore, we would like to again urge the Committee to adequately address unnecessary genital surgeries on intersex children justified by psychosocial indications in the forthcoming 76th Session […], and to remind Denmark of its obligations under the Convention art. 24 (3) and Joint General Comment No. 18 “on harmful practices”, in line with the Committee’s previous recommendations and the recommendations to Denmark by CAT […]

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[13]  2017 NGO Submission to SR Disability, p. 4, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-SR-Disability-Submission-Intersex-IGM-V2.pdf
[14]  For references, see 2016 CRC UK NGO Report, p. 39, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2016-CRC-UK-NGO-Zwischengeschlecht-Intersex-IGM_v2.pdf
[15]  See https://www.stopigm.org/post/UN-Press-Release-calls-IGM-survivors-transsexual-children-CATArgentina-UNCAT60
[16]  CAT 56 Austria, see https://www.stopigm.org/post/Geneva-UN-Committee-against-Torture-questions-Austria-over-Intersex-Genital-Mutilations
[17]  CAT 60 Argentina, unofficial transcript see https://www.stopigm.org/post/CAT60-Argentina-to-be-Questioned-on-Intersex-Genital-Mutilation-by-UN-Committee-against-Torture
[18]  For example Amnesty (2017), see https://www.stopigm.org/post/Amnesty-Report-fails-Intersex-Children-and-IGM-Survivors
[19]  For example FRA (2015), see Presentation OHCHR Expert Meeting (2015), slide 8, /wp-content/uploads/S3_Zwischengeschlecht_UN-Expert-Meeting-2015_web.pdf See also https://www.stopigm.org/post/IDAHOT-2015-Let-s-Talk-About-Intersex-Appropriation
[20[  For example CEDAW (2017), see, https://www.stopigm.org/post/Major-Setback-for-Intersex-Human-Rights-at-the-UN
[21] See for example Ministry of Health Chile (2016), https://www.stopigm.org/post/Circular-7-step-back-for-intersex-human-rights-in-Chile

 •   2016 CRC Denmark Thematic Intersex NGO Report (for PSWG)
 •   2017 CRC Denmark Intersex Report (Update for Session)

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“You shouldn’t always talk about the surgeries!”
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UN-CRC76 > Denmark: Intersex children abused as cannon fodder for LGBT politics

LGBTI children and the health system (Article 24 & 37)

Some formal obstacles remain in the health system resulting in serious mental and physical health issues particularly for trans* and intersex persons, which may raise concerns under article 24.

[… section on “trans* children” with recommendations on the “treatment of trans* children” …]

Intersex persons are subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment, which contradicts article 37 CRC, stating: “No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. This is particularly the case when intersex children as infants are subject to so called “normalising” corrections of the infants’ genitalia [7]. In a recent report by Amnesty International, it is pointed out that these are irreversible surgeries that can affect the personal development of the individual, including trauma [8]. [9]

Both the medical intervention on intersex children and the lack of medical help to trans* children, prove that the Danish government does not “ensure the provision of necessary medical assistance and health care to all children”, and thus violates article 24 paragraph 2,b [10].

The above might also involve a violation of Denmark’s positive obligations towards protecting the rights of intersex persons. Reference is made to the recent recommendation by the UN Committee against Torture that in order to fulfil the obligations in Article 14 and 16 of UNCAT Denmark should [11]:

(a) Take the necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to guarantee the respect for the physical integrity and autonomy of intersex persons and ensure that no one is subjected during infancy or childhood to unnecessary medical or surgical procedures;

(b) Guarantee counselling services for all intersex children and their parents, so as to inform them of the consequences of unnecessary surgery and other medical treatment;

(c) Ensure that full, free and informed consent is respected in connection with medical and surgical treatments for intersex persons and that non-urgent, irreversible medical interventions are postponed until a child is sufficiently mature to participate in decisionmaking and give full, free and informed consent;

(d) Provide adequate redress for the physical and psychological suffering caused by such practices to intersex persons.

We therefore suggest that the Committee recommends the State party to ensure that procedures and practices within the public health care systems take into account the particular needs and vulnerabilities of LGBTI persons in order to prevent inhuman or degrading treatment, and to ensure the highest attainable standard of health to all children.

[7]  Region Midtjylland (no year), Intersex – Usikkert køn, from < https://pri.rn.dk/Sider/11732.aspx>. See also Amnesty International (2017) ”First, do no harm” p. 10-11, available at < https://amnesty.dk/media/3078/first-dono-harm.pdf>
[8]  Amnesty International (2017) ”First, do no harm” p. 45-46, available at < https://amnesty.dk/media/3078/first-dono-harm.pdf>
[9]  As pointed out in the UN’s fact sheet on “The Right to Health”, the right to health includes “the freedom to be free from non-consensual medical treatment”, see Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights & World Health Organization (2008), The Right to Health, Fact Sheet nr. 31, p. 3, available at http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/Factsheet31.pdf.
[10]  See Article 24 paragraph 2,b CRC
[11]  Concluding Observations, paragraph 43.

>>> CRC67 UPDATE: UN Press Release calls IGM survivors “transsexual children”!

>>> Intersex human rights 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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‘Only the Fear of the Judge Will Make IGM Perpetrators Change’

>>> Partial Translation of the “Tribune de Genève” Article with Dr Blaise Meyrat

Unfortunately still bears repeating (10):

Misrepresenting Intersex Genital Mutilation as a “health care issue” and merely calling for “self regulation” by doctors and health ministries (as e.g. advocated by Amnesty London) won’t stop IGM, and neither will toothless laws or regulations without actual consequences for both perpetrators and accessories (like in Malta, Argentina or Chile).

Only adequately sanctioning or criminalizing IGM, incuding suspension or extension of statutes of limitations to ensure access to justice and redress for adult survivors will make a difference!

IGM is a CRIME and a Serious Violation of Non-Derogable Human Rights, NOT ‘Health Care’!

See also:
“You shouldn’t always talk about the surgeries!”
“Academic Complicity in IGM Practices”
WTF?! Nothing “Normal” About Intersex Genital Mutilations!
Intersex Genital Mutilation is a Crime, NOT “Health Care”!!!

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Stockholm under water

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAn important but too often overlooked intersex issue is what the trauma of early childhood IGM does to the survivors, how it prevents us from actually looking at was done to us, and even worse, how it prevents us from holding perpetrators accountable.

The following is a piece I wrote on this subject, first published in German on Zwischengeschlecht.info 9 years ago:

I can’t forget a story. It’s Don Bajema’s “Dog Party” about a boy who loved dogs.

Dogs had an excessive attraction on him. Nobody knew why. He was a strange boy, with a strange smile, his arms covered with bleeding bites and scratches. He followed all the dogs in the district, lured them, waited for hours, until he caught one. The dogs knew what he wanted to do, were afraid and hid. But at some point they got careless, let themselves be baited with food and finally just hoped that the boy wouldn’t really do it. They were wrong.

The boy caught them, caressed the dogs trembling with fear, talked very softly to them, and carried them to the water barrel. Then he pushed them under water. They wriggled madly and fought desperately for their life, endlessly long. And at the moment, when they already were on the other side, when their bodies stopped fighting and only twitched, the boy saved them. He pulled them out oft he water, hold them upside down, let the water run out of the muzzle and nose. A small light seemed to be ignited behind the dog’s eyes, as they realised where they were. They looked into the boy’s smiling face. The boy placed them on the floor, they were too weak to move. He laid beside them, caressed them, put his arms around them.

The dogs thought that the boy had saved them, although they always would be afraid of the green water hose and the water barrel in the future. They wanted to believe that the boy had saved them. It was easier than to admit to themselves what they boy really had done. They let their memory begin with the smile in the boy’s face. The dogs loved him. Really. They followed him everywhere.

We humans are like those dogs. If something which was done to us is too terrible, we repress it. We hide what we can’t bear. It’s awful to be a victim, unbearable. That’s why each victim looks for something good in their perpetrator, to feel less as a victim. That’s one reason why most perpetrators continue getting away scot-free.

And if nevertheless one day a victim stands up and shouts out the unbearable truth and accuses the perpetrators, then the other victims are the first to silence the one standing up. Because most of them don’t really want to take action against the perpetrators, for then they would have to admit to themselves the terrible truth:

They tried to kill me to save my life.

Nella

[In case anybody should be wondering about “Stockholm” in the title: it refers to the “Stockholm Syndrome”.]

See also:
Why I can’t be at the 4th Intersex Forum (4IIF)
“You shouldn’t always talk about the surgeries!”
“Academic Complicity in IGM Practices”
IGM: An Analogue to Childhood Sexual Abuse
WTF?! Nothing “Normal” About Intersex Genital Mutilations!
Intersex Genital Mutilation is a Crime, NOT “Health Care”!!!

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

UK > Misappropriation of Intersex Funding by LGBT Groups, Misrepresentation of Intersex as LGBT Issue

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity' Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookWhen the Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Theresia Degener, at the 18th CRPD Session in Geneva unmistakably and publicly criticised denial of IGM and misappropriation of intersex funds in the UK, the globally widespread practice of misappropriation of intersex funding by LGBT organisations and the interrelated issue of misrepresentation of intersex as an LGBT issue suddenly entered the spotlight.

This groundbreaking development was only possible because the UK Intersex NGO Coalition Report for the Session documented evidence of misrepresentation of intersex and misappropriation of intersex funding in the UK, and particularly in Scotland. The following is the relevant section from the report:

4.  Misrepresentation of Intersex as LGBT issue, Misappropriation of Funding

As noted in our PSWG NGO Report (p. 7), intersex persons and their organisations have spoken out clearly against misrepresenting intersex as an LGBT or SOGI issue, and in particular against instrumentalising intersex as a means to an end by LGBT groups, and against pinkwashing of IGM by State parties trying to deflect from criticism of involuntary intersex treatments, maintaining that IGM practices present a distinct and unique issue constituting significant human rights violations, which are different from those faced by the LGBT or SOGI community, and thus need to be adequately addressed in a separate section as specific intersex issues.

Nonetheless, the pervasiveness and persistence of such harmful misconceptions remains, as illustrated for example in two recent UN press releases misrepresenting IGM as “sex alignment surgeries” (i.e. voluntary procedures on transsexual or transgender persons), and IGM survivors as “transsexual children”, [53] and State parties regularly referring to e.g. transgender guidelines [54] or “Gender Identity Law” [55] when asked about IGM by e.g. Treaty bodies.

South Africa [56] and France [57] are still the only States officially recognising IGM constituting a harmful practice, but so far without enacting legislation accordingly. Malta [58] and Argentina [59] are still the only countries formally banning IGM, but both without any sanctions or known progress. Human rights agencies reports regularly fail to identify the most important applicable human rights frameworks, [60] and only call for legislation regarding “Gender Identity Registration” and “Discrimination”, but fail to do so in order to end IGM practices and the impunity of the perpetrators and accessories, thus perpetuating the harmful stereotypes, appropriation and colonisation of intersex politics, and erasure of IGM and IGM survivors and their legitimate concerns and demands. [60] [61]

A current UK example of LGBT groups talking for intersex persons and their organisations without consultation or representation is the Scottish Pink Saltire Video “Introducing Intersex” [63] also promoted by the Scottish DSD Network, [64] which was financed by the Scottish Lottery Fund, [65] and in which intersex is “introduced” and explained exclusively by non-intersex persons and organisations including Pink Saltire, Equality Network Scotland, and the Scottish DSD Network, while intersex persons and their organisations were neither consulted nor represented.

So far Scotland is the only UK country with a budget for funding intersex awareness raising with at least “£135,000 for intersex work”, however paid out exclusively to LGBT organisations. [66] [67]

So unfortunately while the Scottish Government and the Scottish political parties publicly strive to address “specific intersex-related equality and human rights concerns”, [68] in fact they only do so regarding issues marginal to most intersex people like e.g. “hate crimes against non-binary or intersex people” [69] and “update[ing] the Gender Recognition Act 2004 […] to alter the law to make better provisions for […] specifically non-binary and intersex people”, [70] regarding the main issue of IGM they steadfastly keep funding and supporting the doctors and clinics responsible for continuing the practice.

[53]  For relevant excerpts and references, see https://www.stopigm.org/post/UN-Press-Release-calls-IGM-survivors-transsexual-children-CATArgentina-UNCAT60
[54]  CAT56 Austria, see https://www.stopigm.org/post/Geneva-UN-Committee-against-Torture-questions-Austria-over-Intersex-Genital-Mutilations
[55]  CAT 60 Argentina, unofficial transcript see https://www.stopigm.org/post/CAT60-Argentina-to-be-Questioned-on-Intersex-Genital-Mutilation-by-UN-Committee-against-Torture
[56]  CRC74 Constructive dialogue, unofficial transcript: https://www.stopigm.org/post/LIVE-South-Africa-Questioned-Over-Intersex-Genital-Mutilations-by-UN-Committee-on-the-Rights-of-the-Child
See also Mail & Guardian (27.10.2016), https://mg.co.za/article/2016-10-27-00-sa-joins-the-global-fight-to-stop-unnecessary-genital-surgery-on-intersex-babies/ 
[57]  See https://www.stopigm.org/post/France-condemns-mutilations-of-intersex-children-proposes-prohibition 
[58]  See https://www.stopigm.org/post/Intersex-politics-that-ignore-the-daily-mutilations-PINKWASHING-OF-IGM-PRACTICES
[59]  See 2017 CAT Argentina NGO Report, p. 10, 13–14, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CAT-Justicia-Intersex-Zwischengeschlecht-IGM.pdf
[60]  See submission to SR-Disability, p. 5-6, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-SR-Disability-Submission-Intersex-IGM-V2.doc 
[61]  For example FRA (2015), see Presentation OHCHR Expert Meeting (2015), slide 8, /wp-content/uploads/S3_Zwischengeschlecht_UN-Expert-Meeting-2015_web.pdf
[62]
  For example Amnesty (2017), see https://www.stopigm.org/post/Amnesty-Report-fails-Intersex-Children-and-IGM-Survivors
[63]  Pink Saltire, “Introducing Intersex”, 22.03.2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onRPZEPDoPs Note: The Rapporteurs can NOT endorse this video as it was made by third party groups without consultation and representation of intersex persons and their organisations.
[64]  See “Introducing Intersex”, http://www.sdsd.scot.nhs.uk/support/
[65]  See https://pinksaltire.com/2016/10/08/do-you-know-what-the-i-means/
[66]  “Equality Network funding includes £600,000 for the work of Scottish Trans, representing an increase of 53% on previous funding, and in recognition of the huge increase in demand for trans services, including a Scottish Government gender recognition consultation expected in the Autumn, as well as £135,000 for intersex work.”, see Pink Saltire, “Big Four LGBT Charities in Government Funding Windfall”, https://pinksaltire.com/2017/06/28/big-four-lgbt-charities-in-government-funding-windfall/
[67]
  See also £45,000 for “intersex project” paid out to Equality Network, http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Equality/Funding/funding/EqualityFunding
[68]  https://beta.gov.scot/policies/equality/lgbti/
[69]  https://pinksaltire.com/2017/06/10/scots-lgbt-hate-crime-reaches-new-high/
[70]  https://pinksaltire.com/2016/09/01/nhs-under-strain-as-gender-identity-demand-surges/

>>> CRPD18 > Chair criticises misappropriation of intersex funding in Scotland
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TRANSCRIPT+VIDEO: UK questioned over IGM – Gov lies, denies, pinkwashes!
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CRPD18 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in the UK
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UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for Session
>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for LOIs

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

“You answered on female genital mutilation, but I was talking about intersex genital mutilation” (CRPD18)

CRPD Chair Theresia Degener talking straight @ Palais des Nations, Geneva 24.08.2017

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

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WOW!! Theresia Degener, Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), on the UK denial of IGM and misappropriation of intersex funds!
>>> Full transcript and video

«[…] I would like to thank the Distinguished Delegate from Scotland for taking up the intersex subject, the subject of intersex persons, because when I listened to your answers yesterday, I thought there was a misunderstanding because […] the answers related to female genital mutilation, but I was talking about intersex genital mutilation. And in regard to that I think while it is commendable to give 45’000 pounds to 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.»

(For more info on the misappropriation of intersex funds in the UK, see Intersex NGO Coalition Report for the Session DOC | PDF, p. 12-14.)

>>> TRANSCRIPT+VIDEO: UK questioned over IGM – Gov lies, denies, pinkwashes!
>>> CRPD18 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in the UK

>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for Session: DOC | PDF

>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for LOIs: DOC | PDF

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

CRPD18 > Testimony to Intersex Genital Mutilation in the UK

Daniela Truffer testifying to IGM in the United Kingdom to CRPD, Geneva 21.08.2017

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookAt the 18th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), before the UK was questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations, NGOs had the possibility to brief CRPD. During the following Q&A, there was also a question by a Committee member on statistics of IGM in the UK.
Read below the 2-minutes oral statement by Daniela Truffer on behalf of the UK Intersex NGO Coalition + a Q&A summary: 
>>> Download Statement as DOC (33kb) | PDF (82kb)

  

Intersex NGO Coalition:
Oral Statement CRPD18 UK, 21.08.2017
StopIGM.org • IntersexUK • The UK Intersex Association

Daniela Truffer

Thank you.

I’m an intersex person and survivor of involuntary sterilising procedures and genital surgery, speaking on behalf of my UK peers on articles 16 and 17.

As shown in our 2 NGO reports, [1] in the UK children with so called “ambiguous” genitalia are still castrated, have their genitals cut and sliced, are submitted to forced hormonal treatment, unnecessary genital exams, vaginal dilations, medical display, and human experimentation. [2]

All advocated and paid for by the public National Health Service (NHS), [3] because all 4 countries still consider intersex to be a disability in the medical definition, and healthy intersex children as “defect”, “deformed” and in need to be “fixed”. [4]

CRC [5] has already recommended the UK to protect intersex children from unnecessary treatment, to provide families with adequate counselling and support, and to provide redress to the victims. However, the State party fails to act.

Also the UK’s non-answers regarding intersex to the List of Issues demonstrate the persistent denial of any human rights violation.

To this day, the UK tries to misrepresent institutionalised violence, ill-treatment and harmful practices perpetrated on intersex children [6] as supposedly genuine health care instead.

We would therefore like to recall the severe pain and suffering caused by non-consensual, unnecessary treatments, including loss or impairment of sexual sensation, painful scarring, impairment or loss of reproductive capabilities, lifelong dependency on artificial hormones, increased self-harm and suicide, and lifelong mental suffering and trauma. [7]

We therefore hope that the Committee will ask the delegation tough questions on IGM, and will sternly remind the UK of its obligations under the Convention. [8]

Thank you.

[1]  Report for LOI, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CRPD-PSWG-UK-NGO-Coalition-Intersex-IGM.doc
Report for Session, http://intersex.shadowreport.org/public/2017-CRPD-UK-NGO-Coalition-Intersex-IGM.doc
[2]  See Report for LOI, p. 8, 10-13; Report for Session, p. 8-11, 16-22
[3]  Ibid.
[4]  See Report for Session, p. 11-12; Report for LOI, p. 8-9
[5]  CRC/C/GBR/CO/5, paras 45-46
[6]  CRPD/C/DEU/CO/1, paras 37-38; CRPD/C/CHL/CO/1 paras 41-42; CRPD/C/ITA/CO/1, paras 45-46; CRPD/C/URY/CO/1, paras 43-44; CAT/C/DEU/CO/5, para 20; CAT/C/CHE/CO/7, para 20;
CAT/C/AUT/CO/6, paras 44-45; CAT/C/DNK/CO/6-7, paras 42-43; CAT/C/CHN-HKG/CO/4-5, paras 28-29; CAT/C/FRA/CO/7, paras 32-33; CCPR/C/CHE/CO/4, paras 24-25, CRC/C/CHE/CO/2-4, paras 42-43; CRC/C/CHL/CO/4-5, paras 48–49; CRC/C/IRL/CO/3-4, paras 39-40; CRC/C/FRA/CO/5, paras 47-48; CRC/C/GBR/CO/5, paras 45–46; CRC/C/NPL/CO/3-5, paras 41–42; CRC/C/ZAF/CO/2 paras 37-38; CRC/C/NZL/CO/5 paras 25, 15; CEDAW/C/FRA/CO/7-8, paras 17e-f+18e-f; CEDAW/C/CHE/CO/4-5 paras 38-39; CEDAW/C/NLD/CO/6 paras 21-22, 23-24; CEDAW/C/DEU/CO/7-8, paras 23-24
[7]  See Case Studies in Report for Session, p. 16-22
[8]  See Suggested Recommendations in Report for Session, p. 15

In the following Q&A with the Committee, CRPD expert Mr. Martin acknowledged our contributions and asked about statistics on forced treatments also generally on persons with disabilities in the UK.

Replying on intersex, Daniela referred to the partial NHS data available for england referenced in the Report for the List of Issues (LOI) on p. 11-13 ( DOC | PDF), indicating annually about 450 removals of testes on children, plus around 15 surgeries on the clitoris, as well as higher numbers of vaginal surgery, and around 2400 ”masculinising” “hypospadias repair” surgeries annually just in England.

>>> UK questioned over IGM – Gov lies, denies and pinkwashes!
>>> UK CRPD Intersex Briefing Statement 21.08.2017:
DOC | PDF
>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for Session: DOC | PDF

>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for LOIs: DOC | PDF

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

See also:
23 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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Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
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Australia > LGBT group misappropriating intersex funds – again! :-(

IGM = Torture, NOT 'Discrimination' or 'Gender Identity' Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookWow, in Australia intersex people and organisations do have access to proper funding – or don’t they? See here:
>>> https://d27jjb85n91zzw.cloudfront.net/media/1502947222_1wfAU_.pdf
>>> http://genderrights.org.au/node/358 

Now, are we missing something here, or is this just another example of the ongoing takeover of the intersex movement by better-funded LGBT organisations – i.e. whenever funding for intersex becomes available, it’s inevitably going NOT to intersex organisations, but to third party LGBT organisations instead, which then in turn use it to patronise, erm, “help” intersex people, of course strictly whithin “gender” and LGBT frameworks only, but with ZERO MONEY at all going to actually combatting IGM practices and confronting IGM perpetrators – and with intersex organisations staying silent, or even welcoming that “now finally something is done for intersex” (no matter how harmful) …

On top, while AGA claims to serve intersex people in the first place (or at leat they list them first), as far as we can see they mainly serve transgender and non-binary people, and intersex people only as far as they’re also non-binary and/or LGBT (which most are not), while again letting IGM doctors continue mutilating intersex children unchallenged …

Does anybody have more info to either confirm or correct this impression?

PS: All info we received so far confirms that AGA is indeed guilty of gross intersex appropriation with serious damage done to the intersex movement and particularly to intersex children at risk of being submitted to IGMWhen will intersex people finally stand up and no longer tolerate such serious harm?! :-( :-( :-(

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

CRPD18 > VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT: UK Questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations by UN Disability Rights Committee (CRPD) – Gov Lies, Denies and Pinkwashes!

>>> UK Intersex Briefing Statement 21.08.2017: DOC | PDF
>>> UK Intersex NGO Report for Session: DOC | PDF
>>> UK Intersex NGO Report for LOIs: DOC | PDF 

UN-CRPD 18th Session @ Palais des Nations, Geneva 23.08.2017, 14:53h: Getting ready …

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Session 1, Wed 23.08.2017, 15–18h CET

15:37h: (Video @ 00:37:30) YAY!! Committee expert Mr. Jun Ishikawa asked a first question about intersex persons under article 8 CRPD, regarding measures to overcome negative attitudes, stereotypes and prejudices! 🙂
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning:
«I have three questions for this round. First, about article 8. Please provide information about regular and targeted measures to overcome negative attitudes stereotypes and prejudices against persons with disabilities, in particular persons with dementia, with autism, with intellectual or learning disabilities, with psychosocial disabilities, and intersex persons in the State Party and that devolved governments.»

16:07h: (Video @ 01:07:00) YAY!! Committee Chairperson Ms. Teresia Degener asked under art. 7 (children with disabilities) for information on intersex genital mutilation, which is reported to be widespread in the UK, and is considered by UN Treaty bodies as a harmful practice and a violation of CRPD! 🙂
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «I would like to have information on the treatment of intersex children in the UK. We have information that there is widespread intersex genital mutilation going on, and you know that this Committee and other Treaty Bodies regard that harmful practice as a violation of our Convention.»

16:30h: Session resumed, first round of answers by Head of Delegation …

16:41h: … answering on raising awareness now … but intersex left out once again!

17:05h: (Video @ 02:04:50) (Non-)answer by undisclosed woman from the Home Office to the Chairperson’s question on IGM – by answering on FGM! … (but not a single word on IGM, of course – that would be the day!) 🙁
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «Regarding the Chair’s important question on genital mutilation, female genital mutilation or FGM is an issue which the government takes extremely seriously. The government has set up a specialist FGM unit which is driving a step change in nationwide outreach on FGM. The government has introduced mandatory a duty for front line professionals to report cases of FGM and an FGM protection order to prevent children at risk being taken out of the country.»

17:27h: (Video @ 02:27:30) The Head of Delegation Mrs. Karen Jochelson  announces that questions on intersex children will be answered tomorrow
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «We are aware that there are three questions that we haven’t addressed, in relation to international requirements on the sustainable development goals, intersex children and discrimination in court cases which we would like to take up tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.»

17:58h: Meeting adjourned until Thu 24.08.2017 10h CET.

Session 2, Thu 24.08.2017, 10-13h CET

09:58h: Waiting to start … and hoping for strong follow-up questions on intersex and IGM, particularly in the light of yesterday’s outrageous display of ignorance and denial by the UK Delegation!

10:04h: There’s also live captioning available! Head of Delegation currently speaking …

10:53h: (Video @ 00:53:33) Scottish Delegate Donnie Jack non-answers on intersex, predictably ignores question on IGM, plus falsely claims there’s funding for intersex (while as substantiated in the Intersex Report for the Session DOC | PDF, p. 12-14, in fact all “intersex funding” is paid out to LGBT organsiations insteead, and NONE OF IT to actual intersex organisations …). 🙁
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «Finally, turning to the point on intersex raised by yourself, Madam Chairperson and Mr Ishikawa. My government added intersex equality to its approach to gender identity in 2014. This was in recognition of the specific issues intersex people may face. We have provided funding of 45,000 pounds each year since 2015 to one of our leading LGBTI organisations, the equality network, to facilitate engagement between public bodies and intersex people. The funding supports their inclusion and engagement in the equality policy and in the development of best practice. We will be publishing our consultation on gender identity later this year, and as part of that consultation, we will fully consider the points in relation to the rights of intersex people.»

ca. 11:15h: Head of Delgation claims now all open questions from yesterday were answered (i.e. including the one on IGM) … 🙁

11:47h: (Video @ 01:46:50) YAY!! Chairperson Ms. Theresia Degener follows up on intersex! Clarifies she asked about intersex genital mutilation, not FGM, and that giving money to LGBT organisations doesn’t address intersex and is not an adeqate means to stop torture on intersex children … 🙂
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «I would like to thank for comprehensive answering our questions and especially, I would like to thank the Distinguished Delegate from Scotland for taking up the intersex subject, the subject of intersex persons, because when I listened to your answers yesterday, I thought there was a misunderstanding because you related, the answers related to female genital mutilation, but I was talking about intersex genital mutilation. And in regard to that I think while it is commendable to give 45’000 pounds to 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.»

12:45h: Still waiting for actual Gov answer on intersex and IGM …

12:51h: Scottish Delegate ends next round of answers, did NOT answer on intersex and IGM … 🙁

12:54h: (Video @ 02:54:10) Delegate Mr. David Nuttal of the Health Department follows up on intersex and IGM, claims IGM constitutes medically necessary health care and is therefore excluded from prohibition of FGM, and the “consent” of parents to be sufficient – who’d’a thunk!! 🙁
Unofficial Transcript derived from UN Live Captioning: «Turning to the question from the Chair, and to supplement our previous answer. The female genital mutilation act 2003 makes female mutilation FGM a criminal offense, but sets out the medical circumstances in which surgical procedures are permitted. These circumstances are where the operations are carried out by an approved person such as a medical professional and are necessary for a woman or girl’s physical or mental health and this could, in certain circumstances include interventions for intersex. Decisions on whether such intervention is necessary will be made in consultation with parents or carers following careful assessment of the individual circumstances of the case.»

13:17h: CRPD Chairperson Ms. Theresia Degener closes the session.

>>> UK CRPD Intersex Briefing Statement 21.08.2017: DOC | PDF
>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for Session: DOC | PDF

>>> UK CRPD Intersex NGO Report for LOIs: DOC | PDF

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

See also:
23 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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Intersex Genital Mutilations • 17 Most Common Forms
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM – Historical Overview  What is Intersex?  How Common are IGMs?
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Eliminating IGM practices by holding the perpetrators accountable via well-established applicable human rights frameworks, including Inhuman Treatment and Harmful Practices – Presentation @ UN expert meeting on Intersex Human Rights

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Washington, D.C. > International Genital Mutilators to Celebrate End of Intersex Human Rights – Unchallenged?

At their last quadrennial global meeting in Italy, arriving Intersex Genital Mutilators were greeted by fierce Nonviolent Intersex Protests + handed an Open Letter:
Opening Day of the ‘9th Joint Meeting’, Milano (Italy) 19.09.2013

Heidi Walcutt (1997): 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation'

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On 14-17 September 2017 at the Washington D.C. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Intersex Genital Mutilators from allover the world will gather for the “10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology 2017” in order to advocate, defend and proliferate their practice, summoned by the “(Lawson Wilkins) Pediatric Endocrine Society (LW)PES”, the “European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology ESPE”, the Latin American “Sociedad Latinoamericana de Endocrinologia Pediatrica (SLEP)”, the “Chinese Society of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSPEM)”, the “Arab Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (ASPED)”, the “Indian Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology (ISPAE)”, the Australian and New Zealand “Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG)”, the “Asia Pacific Endocrine Society (APPES)”, the “African Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology (ASPAE)”, and the “Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology (JSPE)”.

Intersex Protest #2 @ Opening of ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’, Glasgow (UK) 07.06.2013
(Centre with backpack: Prof Dr Olaf Hiort, Team Leader ‘EuroDSD’ and ‘DSDnet’).

And on Sunday 9/17/17 during a special meeting entitled “Controversies: Is there a role for early surgery in the management of DSD?” an official obituary on the demise of intersex human rights will be delivered by no other than ‘D$D tycoon’ Olaf Hiort (Luebeck, Germany), who under “Legal considerations” will explain how “the role and legal aspects of parental decisions regarding sex assignment and possible non‐reversible interventions for a minor” can be used as a loophole to “legally” continue practicing IGM with impunity.

Paediatric endocrinologist and geneticist Olaf Hiort, who recently at the “7th I-D$D” congress in Copenhagen shrugged off the Human Rights Watch report with a wry comment on the alleged need of “structured peer support”, has been complaining about being publicly criticised as “Intersex Genital Mutilator in Chief” in Germany for many years, protesting in vain such description would constitute “violent language”“And what about my human rights?”

»Die meisten Fälle sind medizinisch keine Notfälle« Professor Olaf Hiort, Kinder- und Jugendarzt am Universitätsklinikum Lübeck‘Most cases are no medical emergencies’ (but we operate anyways)

Hiort is the leader of the current multi-million IGM “research” projects “D$Dnet” and “Endo-€RN”, as well as of precursors including “Euro-D$D” and “Network Intersexuality/D$D”, which had the U.S. “National Institutes of Health (NIH)” setting up a U.S. “D$D Research Network” to “keep pace with” these EU “advances in basic and clinical DSD research”.

Olaf Hiort will not be the only IGM perpetrator in Washington to justify the ongoing mutilations, but he will be seconded by IGM colleagues from the U.S., Australia, China and the UK, and besides the above mentioned obituary Hiort will also deliver another lecture on “Disorders of sex development” at the “10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology” (see relevant programme items below after the break).

Such public endorsements of Intersex Genital Mutilations by Olaf Hiort and other prominent IGM practitioners have been opposed by repeated nonviolent intersex protests in Europe – however, so far no news have transpired that the international IGM clique would have to fear to be challenged in Washington – or will they?

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

Genital Mutilation on Children:
IGM @ ’10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology’

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookHuman Rights For Hemaphrodites, Too!StopIGM.org documents sessions and presentations promoting and justifying Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM) at the “10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology”, 14-17 September 2017 at the Washington D.C. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (full programme PDF), organised by the “(Lawson Wilkins) Pediatric Endocrine Society (LW)PES”, the “European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology ESPE” and many more:

Thursday 9/14/17
Session 1 (14:15‐15:45)

Topic Symposium: New insights in Disorder of Sex Development (DSD)

The aim of this symposium is to provide updated basic and clinical strategy using new technology and accumulated clinical data, and to pursue comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of DSD.

Disorders of sex development: insights from targeted gene sequencing of a large international patient cohort

Andrew Sinclair (Australia)
Currently only 13% of patients receive an accurate genetic DSD diagnosis. Using a Massively Parallel Sequencing targeted DSD gene panel to sequence all 64 known diagnostic DSD genes and 967 candidate genes, we analyzed the largest international cohort of patients with DSD and found a total of 28 genes implicated in DSD, highlighting the genetic spectrum of this disorder. Sequencing revealed 97 previously unreported DSD gene variants. A likely genetic diagnosis was identified in 43% of patients with 46,XY DSD, a substantial increase over current practice. In patients with 46,XY disorders of androgen synthesis and action the genetic diagnosis rate reached 60%. In many cases, our findings were informative as to the likely cause of the DSD, which will facilitate clinical management. Targeted DSD gene panel represents a cost and time‐effective means of improving the genetic diagnostic capability for patients affected by DSD.

Endocrine Evaluation of Suspected XY DSD
S. Faisal Ahmed (UK)

Reaching a firm diagnosis in XY DSD is challenging. Rapid advances in diagnostic technology and an improved fundamental understanding of sex and gonadal development is now facilitating the diagnosis of these conditions. There is now a need for clearer guidance on the relative merits of biochemical versus genetic evaluation. In addition, there is a need for greater emphasis on showing that a firm diagnosis for conditions associated with XY DSD is associated with a change in clinical practice that benefits the patient. The standardisation and harmonisation of complex genetic and biochemical analyses and the gathering of patient‐centred outcome measures for such rare conditions cannot be performed without relying on international networks and registries.

Differential diagnosis and management – theory and practice
Chunxiu Gong (China)

2006‐2016 the DSD bank has registered more than 1200 cases. Include Sex chromosome DSD 126cases;46,XY DSD 1018 cases and non‐CAH 46,XX DSD 70 cases. Accept gene test about 340 cases. We diagnosed 70 cases HH and AIS 39 cases, and 46 5ARD, 24 rare types CAH 10 NR5A1 related DSD and HSD17B3 2cases.introduce my experience for their diagnosis and management

Sunday 9/17/17
Session 3 (10:15‐11:45)
Topic Symposium: Adult consequences of pediatric endocrine disease

Disorders of sex development
Olaf Hiort (Germany)

Sexuality and overall health‐related quality of life play a major role in caring for adults  with Differences of Sex Development (DSD). Sexual functioning might be impeded due to the given anatomy, surgical interventions or hormonal therapy. Novel approaches require highly specialized interdisciplinary care, including gynecological and urological management, specialized protocols for hormone therapies or replacements, and overall life‐long psychological support.

Controversies: Is there a role for early surgery in the management of DSD?

Genital surgery in the context of DSD has been heavily debated in the past decade, both indications and timing. In this session, this topic will be approached from a legal, urological, hormonal and psychological perspective, in order to make the audience familiar with the different arguments and sensitivities surrounding this subject and to provide a broad and nuanced overview. Diverging views that will become apparent during the session will be in included in the discussion.

Legal considerations
Olaf Hiort (Germany)

In this presentation, recent developments in Germany will be discussed, and an “Expertise Report” by the German Ministry for Family presented. The German law on sex assignment at birth and the implications for patients with DSD conditions will be discussed. Furthermore, the role and legal aspects of parental decisions regarding sex assignment and possible non‐reversible interventions for a minor will be discussed.

Urology perspective
Earl Chang (USA)

The pros and cons of early surgery in children with DSD will be explained. Technical considerations regarding early versus late surgery will be included in the discussion. The current approach to DSD surgery will be presented from a historical perspective.

Psychology perspective
Amy Wisniewski (USA)

In this lecture, insights in the psychosocial status of parents of young children with  ambiguous genitalia, before and after genitoplasty, will be offered, including the impact of surgical complications on parents’ psychosocial status, as well as the difficulty of determining an underlying etiology for some children with 46,XY DSD. Finally, cosmetic outcomes as determined by parents and surgeons, in relation to parents’ psychosocial status, will be considered.

Panel discussion/Q & A (25 minutes)

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

See also:
23 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!

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

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)