UN-CEDAW 65th Session @ Palais des Nations 02.11.2016, 09:54h: Getting ready …
Today it’s the turn of Switzerland to be questioned over Intersex Genital Mutilations at the 65th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Wed 2 November 10-13h CET + 15–17h CET
>>> Podcast Session 1 | Session 2 StopIGM.org is reporting LIVE from Palais des Nations in Geneva, expecting tough questions, and yet another reprimand for IGM at the end of the session on 18 Nov.
Session 1: 10-13h
11:00h: The 1st Session on, introductory statements by CEDAW chairperson and the head of the Swiss delegation are over, first round of questions by Committee experts now well under way. Intersex has so far not been breached yet … It might take until the 2nd session in the afternoon … Stay tuned …
11:28h: “Intersexual persons” has just been mentioned briefly by the delegation under “identity” to illustrate “progress” …
12:26h: YAY!! CEDAW expert and country co-rapporteur Lilian Hofmeister just brought up “Intersex Genital Mutilations” perpetrated in “Cantonal hospitals”, describing them as a “harmful practice” and an “undoubtedly severe human rights violation”, and announces follow-up questions later! 🙂 Inofficial Transcription:
“Thank you, Madame Chair. Concerning harmful practices, I would like to add some information about intersex persons. They are often suffering from so called Intersex Genital Mutilation practiced by the medical staff of Cantonal Children’s Hospitals in Switzerland. This is undoubtedly a severe human rights violation. Concerning the methods, I would like to pose follow-up questions under article 12.”
12:32h: Swiss Head of Delegation Sylvie Durrer, Director of the Federal Bureau for Equality (EGB) at the the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA), immediately issued yet another full denial, followed by the usual pinkwashing of IGM we’ve come to expect from state reperesentatives … 🙁 Inofficial Transcription of UN simultaneous translation from original french:
“Next, the question on intersex persons. First of all, I would like to say that our government has clearly confirmed on various occasions that these people warrant the respect and comprehension of society with regards to the problems that they are facing. They have full rights to have their physical and psychological integrity upheld, that is an extremely important point for us.
In April 2005 there was a decree, and actions were taken to ensure that we are in coordination with the Council of Europe’s work in this area. We are also combating discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity, and we have had various parliamentary interventions on this matter.
The National Committee has also been dealing with the matter, it has issued various recommendations. The government has considered that these recommendations were mainly already implemented or currently being implemented, for example they concern the simplification of, in terms of the laws that apply to modification of gender cases and any discrimination that may arise.
For the government all of these measures are equally important, and they have already been implemented or they are currently being implemented. Furthermore, the Federal Council also invites doctors to contribute to awareness raising themselves, in particular by drafting guidelines and by adapting training. It has been seen that interdisciplinary working groups were already created or have been, are currently been created, are playing an extremely important role on this matter.
Finally, it’s very important for people concerned by this matter to play their fully fledged role in raising awareness about this problem, to speak about their experience and their point of view.
I think it’s very important for dialogue to continue between the different stakeholders to deal with this problem in a respectful interdisciplinary way.”
12:59h: Session adjourned.
Session 2: 15-17h
15:01h: Session resumed, answers to questions left from the morning now on.
15:29h: YAY!! Committee expert and Co-rapporteur Louiza Chalal (of CEDAW64 France fame) asks a question on redress for intersex persons, is there a law planned? 🙂 (But the translation seemed to mix this up with change of gender description in documents?) (Full transcription to follow)
16:01h: Head of delegation announces answer on “intersex and transgender”. Speaker from Departement of justice then only answers on gender markers and involuntary trans procedures … 🙁 (Full transcription to follow)
16:03h: YAY!! Lilian Hofmeister follows up on intersex persons after IGM, they have a problems with access of justice, is there any law considered to prolong statutes of limitations? 🙂 (Full transcription to follow)
16:05h: Swiss justice delegate ask to repeat the question on intersex and statutes of limitations, as they did not understand? Is this about salary discrimination?
16:06h: Lilian Hofmeister explains again …
16:07h: Justice delegate asks if anyone in the delegation could answer on this? No? Announces delegation will then give answer in writing after the session … (Full transcription to follow)
>>> The written additional answer (French, PDF) essentially repeated the (non-)answer by the Gov on the National Ethics Commission (NEK-CNE) given last summer and criticised in the NGO report, counterfactually claiming IGM to be “a thing of the past” all recommendations to be already implemented, and in addition counterfactually claimed IGM practices would in part be covered by the Swiss Anti-FGM Law, while in truth the parliament and government rejected suggestions to include IGM in this law … 🙁
17:09h: Session closed …
IGM Practices in Switzerland: 2016 CEDAW Report
Human Rights Violations Of Persons With Variations Of Sex Anatomy
IGM in Switzerland • Complicity of the State • Harmful Practice
>>> Download as PDF (288 kb)
• 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!
IGM as a Harmful Practice: 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