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Sunday 22 May 2016

2016 CRC UK Thematic Intersex NGO Report

NGO Report to the 5th Periodic Report of the United Kingdom on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

 
>>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB)

   
Compiled by:
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org
ISUK • OII-UK • UKIA

>>> Review of the United Kingdom: Mon 23 May 15:00-18:00h CET [UK: 2-5pm] + Tue 24 May 10:00-13:00h CET [UK: 9am-noon] – videos to be archived on treatybodywebcast.org>>> Report + Intersex Q&A Transcripts 

>>> Concluding Observations: Hopefully with strong binding recommendations on intersex and IGM practices, due on 3 June 2016.

Sunday 15 May 2016

2016 CRC Nepal Intersex NGO Report + Stories

NGO Report to the 3rd to 5th Periodic Report of Nepal on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

 
>>>  Download (DOCX 29 kb)

Compiled by:
Blue Diamond Society /
Esan Regmi and Parsu Ram Rai
 
   

Stories of Intersex People from Nepal

 
>>>  Download (PDF 932 kb)

   
Compiled by:
Esan Regmi

Translated by:
Parsu Ram Rai
  

Endorsement and Substantiation of Nepal Intersex NGO Report (CRC 72)

 
>>>  Download (PDF 328 kb)

 

Compiled by:
StopIGM.org /
Daniela Truffer, Markus Bauer
 
   

  IGM = Hamful Practice  “Intersex Genital Mutilations, Stigma and Bullying in Nepal”
   1.  Background: 1st Intersex Workshop, Intersex Stories, 2016 CRC NGO Report
   2.  Intersex Genital Mutilations in Nepali Paediatric Hospitals
        a) IGM in Publications by Doctors and Hospitals
        b) IGM in Witnesses Accounts
   3.  Denial of Needed Health Care
  
4.  Stigma, Bullying and Isolation

>>> Review of Nepal: Thur 19 May 15:00-18:00h CET [Nepal: 18:45-21:45h] + Fri 20 May 10:00-13:00h CET [Nepal: 12:45-16:45h] – videos to be archived on treatybodywebcast.org. >>> Report + Intersex Q&A Transcripts 

>>> Concluding Observations: Hopefully with strong binding recommendations on intersex and IGM practices, due on 3 June 2016.

Sunday 3 April 2016

2016 CAT France Thematic Intersex NGO Report

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

NGO Report to the 7th Periodic Report of France on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

>>>  Download (PDF 3.71 MB)

  
Compiled by:
Vincent Guillot
Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

This report contains updated sections on legislation against IGM practices as a requirement under CAT and on IGM in France, an updated bibliography of human rights bodies verdicts and NGO reports, and 2 case stories of IGM survivors.
Review of France:
Tue 19 Apr 10-13h + Wed 20 Apr 15-18h  >>> Report + Unofficial Transcripts | français
The Concluding Observations for France include a >>> strong reprimand for IGM practices | français.

Wednesday 16 December 2015

2015 CRC Ireland Thematic Intersex NGO Report

NGO Report to the 3rd and 4th Periodic Report of Ireland on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

 
>>>  Download (PDF 3.60 MB)

   
Compiled by:
Gavan Coleman
Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

Review of Ireland: Thur 14 Jan 10-13h + Thur 14 Jan 15-18h  >>> Intersex Q&A Transcripts
The Committe issued >>> strong Concluding Observations on IGM

2015 CRC France Thematic Intersex NGO Report

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

NGO Report to the 5th Periodic Report of France on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

>>>  Download (PDF 3.41 MB)

Compiled by:
Vincent Guillot
Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

Endorsed by:
OII Francophonie

This report contains 2 case stories of IGM survivors.
Review of France:
Wed 13 Jan 15-18h + Thur 14 Jan 10-13h  >>> Intersex Q&A Transcripts
The Committe issued >>> strong Concluding Observations on IGM

Sunday 8 November 2015

2015 CAT Hong Kong+China Intersex NGO Report

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

2015 CAT Hong Kong + China NGO Report BBKCI Intersex

NGO Report to the 5th Periodic Report of Hong Kong + China on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

>>> Download Open Version English (PDF 102 kb)

Compiled by:
Beyond the Boundary - Knowing and Concerns Intersex (BBKCI)

CAT Chronology Hong Kong + China 2015:
Thematic NGO Report by BBKCI (see above)

>>>
Monday, 16 November 2015: Thematic Intersex Briefing during CAT Meeting with Hong Kong and Chinese NGOs (private)
>>>
Tuesday 17–18 November 10–13h CET + Wedneday 18 November 15–18h CET: Review of Hong Kong + China (public), see transcript: The state party flat-out denied any responsability while invoking "leadership in LGBTI issues".
>>>
The Committee issued Concluding Observations for Hong Kong, citicising IGM practices as a "inhuman treatment" in breach of the Convention against Torture.
>>> In its 56th Session the Committee also examined IGM practices in Austria and in Denmark, again issuing Concluding Observations.
This marked the very first time that IGM Practices were examined in more than one Country in a single Session of any UN Committee!

Saturday 7 November 2015

2015 CAT Austria Thematic Intersex NGO Report

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

2015 CAT Austria NGO Report VIMÖ StopIGM.org Intersex

NGO Report to the 6th Periodic Report of Austria on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

>>>  Blacked Out English (PDF 2.75 MB)
>>>  Unredacted English (PDF 3.33 MB)

Compiled by:
Verein Intersexueller Menschen Österreich VIMÖ
Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

CAT Chronology Austria 2015:
Thematic NGO Report by VIMÖ / StopIGM.org (see above),
submitted on Intersex Awareness Day, 26.10.2015.

In the Blacked Out Edition all photos from medical textbooks are blacked out.
>>>
Wednesday, 11 November 2015: Thematic Intersex Briefing during CAT Meeting with Austrian NGOs (private)
>>>
Thursday, 12 November 10–13h CET + Friday 13 November 15–18h CET: Review of Austria (public), see transcript: The state party flat-out denied any responsability while invoking "leadership in transgender-intersex issues".
>>> The Committee issued strong Concluding Observations for Austria, citicising IGM practices as a "inhuman treatment" in breach of the Convention against Torture.
>>> In its 56th Session the Committee also examined IGM practices
in Denmark and in Hong Kong, again issuing Concluding Observations. This marked the very first time that IGM Practices were examined in more than one Country in a single Session of any UN Committee!

2015 CAT Denmark Intersex NGO Report

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

2015 CAT Denmark NGO Report Intersex IGM

NGO Report to the 6th and 7th Periodic Report of Denmark on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

>>> Download as a PDF (614 kb)

Compiled by:
Ditte Dyreborg
Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

CAT Chronology Denmark 2015:
Thematic NGO Report by Ditte Dyreborg / StopIGM.org (see above),
submitted on Intersex Awareness Day, 26.10.2015.
This report only contains information specific to Denmark and complements the thematic NGO report for Austria also submitted for the 56th session containing the general information on Intersex, IGM Practices and why they are in breach of the Convention against Torture.
>>> Friday, 13 November 2015: Thematic Intersex Briefing during CAT Meeting with Danish NGOs (private)
>>> Monday, 16 November 10–13h CET + Tuesday, 17 November 15–18h CET: Review of Denmark (public), see transcript: The state party flat-out denied any responsability, even plainy ignoring the follow-up question while invoking "leadership in LGBTI rights".
>>> The Committee issued strong Concluding Observations for Denmark, citicising IGM practices as a "inhuman treatment" in breach of the Convention against Torture.
>>> In its 56th Session the Committee also examined IGM practices in Austria and
in Hong Kong, again issuing Concluding Observations. This marked the very first time that IGM Practices were examined in more than one Country in a single Session of any UN Committee! 

Saturday 29 August 2015

Thematic Intersex NGO Report CRC 2014

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

NGO Report to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periodic Report of Switzerland on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

>>> Download as PDF (3.65 MB)

Compiled by:

Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org
Intersex.ch
SI Selbsthilfe Intersexualität

Submitted in April 2014.

CRC Chronology 2014–2015:
Above thematic report elaborates on the >>> para on IGMs in the Collective Swiss CRC NGO Report (April 2014).
>>> The Pre-Session on Switzerland took place in June 2014.
>>> Additional Collective NGO submission for the List of Issues (LoI) (PDF, June 2014), mentions intersex only under LGBTI discrimination ("to provide information on the situation of homosexual, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex children and youth", p. 3).
>>> List of Issues (LoI) for Switzerland (PDF) by CRC, mentions Intersex only under discrimination ("stigma against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) children and adolescents", p. 2).
>>> Collective NGO Submission re: LoI, incl para on IGM (p. 10) (4 December 2014)
>>> Thematic NGO submission re: LoI (PDF 166kb, 5 December 2014)
>>> Review of Switzerland  + Briefing "IGMs on a Global Scale" (21.-22.01.2015)
>>> Transcript of Intersex Q&A during the Review (21.-22.01.2015)
>>>
"Harmful Practice" + "Violence": The Concluding Observations (04.02.2015)

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Saturday 22 August 2015

IGM as a Harmful Practice: 2015 UN-CRC Briefing

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

Intersex Genital Mutilations On A Global Scale
• 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

>>> CRC Chronology 2014/15 + Thematic Swiss NGO Report on IGMs

Wednesday 12 August 2015

2015 CAT Swiss Thematic Intersex NGO Report

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

NGO Report to the 7th Periodic Report of Switzerland on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

>>> Download as PDF (3.46 MB)

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

CAT Chronology Switzerland 2015:
Thematic NGO Report by Zwischengeschlecht.org (see above)
>>> Thematic Intersex Briefing during Meeting with Swiss NGOs (30.07.2015)
>>>
Questions on IGM during Review of Switzerland (03.-04.08.2015) 
>>> The Concluding Observations include strong recommendations for intersex! (14.08.2015) 

Saturday 1 August 2015

IGM as Torture or CIDT: 2015 UN-CAT Briefing

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

IGM as Torture or CIDT: 2015 UN-CAT Briefing
 1.  Personal Testimony – A Survivor's Perspective
 2.  IGM Practices as Torture or Cruel, Inhuman or
 Degrating Treatment (CIDT)       3.  Recommendations
>>> Download PDF (1.7 MB)   >>> Text only DOC 

5 Minute Presentation by Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org during the NGO Meeting for the Review of Switzerland, Geneva 30.07.2015.

>>> CAT Chronology 2015 + Thematic Swiss NGO Report on IGMs

Sunday 19 April 2015

Thematic Intersex NGO Report CRPD 2015

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

NGO Report to the 1st Periodic Report of Germany on the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD)

  
compiled by:
Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org

Download:
>>> PDF (2.13 MB)   >>> HTML (1 MB)  
>>> DOC (1.06 MB)   >>> DOCX (1 MB)

CRPD Chronology 2013–2015:
2013: German Institute for Human Rights (GIHR) (PDF) para 2b
          BRK-Allianz collective NGO Report (PDF) p. 36-37
2014: Question 12 List of Issues (LoI)
          Answer 12 Germany to LoI
          German Institute for Human Rights (GIHR) (PDF) p. 6
2015: BRK-Allianz Comment Answers LoI (DOC)
          German Institute for Human Rights (GIHR) (PDF) p. 15
          Thematic NGO Report by Zwischengeschlecht.org (see above)
          Report from Geneva + Concluding Observations criticising IGM Practices

Saturday 17 January 2015

Collective Intersex NGO Submission CRC LoI 2014

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

>>> CRC Chronology 2014/15 + Thematic Swiss NGO Report on IGMs

NGO Submission to List of Issues to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periodic Report of Switzerland on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

>>> Download as PDF (826 kb)

Compiled by:

Child Rights Network Switzerland
Paragraph
on Intersex:
Zwischengeschlecht.org

Submitted 4 December 2014.
This submission's para on IGMs refers to the Thematic NGO Submission re: LoI (5 Dec 2014).
The Review of Switzerland will be on  January 21st–22nd 2015 in Geneva. In advance, Zwischengeschlecht.org is invited to brief the Committee on IGMs on the global scale.

>>> Chrolonogy

The entry on Intersex Genital Mutilations on p. 10 of the NGO Report:

Important issues that are not part of the List of Issues:

Intersex genital mutilation

Update: Since the NGO Report submitted by Child Rights Network Switzerland highlighted non-consensual, unnecessary genital surgeries on intersex children justified by psychosocial indications, eight more UN bodies including UNICEF have criticised such surgeries, and, in accordance with the Joint general recommendation on harmful practices, have called for legal review, access to remedies, collection of data and monitoring. Nonetheless, the Swiss government refuses to take action, and non-consensual intersex childhood surgeries continue unchecked and with factual impunity. Swiss intersex organisations stress adverse effects of the silence of the Committee regarding the obligation of Switzerland to protect intersex children, as well as doctors construing silence as encouragement to continue with unnecessary surgeries (see NGO submission by Zwischengeschlecht et al.).
Question:
We recommend that the Committee ask the State Party delegation whether it will initiate a legal review, data collection, monitoring and disinterested research, in consultation with intersex people and their organisations, and if this is not the case, why it is not planning any activities.

>>> CRC Chronology 2014/15 + Thematic Swiss NGO Report on IGMs

Saturday 6 December 2014

Thematic Intersex NGO Submission CRC LoI 2014

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

>>> CRC Chronology 2014/15 + Thematic Swiss NGO Report on IGMs

NGO Submission to List of Issues to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periodic Report of Switzerland on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

>>> Download as PDF (166 kb)

Compiled by:
Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org
Endorsed by:
Intersex.ch, SI Selbsthilfe Intersexualität,
Terre des Femmes Switzerland

Submitted on 5 December 2014.
This submission elaborates on the para on IGMs in the Collective NGO Submission re: LoI, submitted 4 December 2014.
The Review of Switzerland will be on  January 21st–22nd 2015 in Geneva. In advance, Zwischengeschlecht.org is invited to brief the Committee regarding IGMs on the global scale.

>>> CRC Chronology 2014/15 + Thematic Swiss NGO Report on IGMs

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Shadow Report CAT 2014 USA

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

[Shadow Report to the 3rd, 4th and 5th Periodic Report of the Unites States of America on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)]

>>> Download as PDF (135 kb)

  
Compiled by:
Advocates for informed Choice (AIC)

The 53rd Session of the Committee against Torture (CAT) took place on November 3rd – 28th 2014. The Concluding Observations did not mention Intersex. 

Monday 20 October 2014

Shadow Report CAT 2014 Australia

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

[Shadow Report to the 4th and 5th Periodic Report of Australia on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)]

>>> Download as PDF (475 kb)

Compiled by:
OII Australia
Endorsed by:
AISSGA, People with Disabilities,
National LGBTI Health Alliance

The 53rd Session of the Committee against Torture (CAT) took place on November 3rd – 28th 2014. The Concluding Observations (PDF) did not mention Intersex. 

Thursday 28 August 2014

Thematic Intersex NGO Report CCPR 2014

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

NGO Report for List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LoIPR) for the 4th Periodic Report of Switzerland on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR)

>>> Download as PDF (1.66 MB)

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

CCPR Chronology 2014–ongoing:
Thematic NGO Report by Zwischengeschlecht.org for LOIPR (see above)
>>> List of Issues Prior to Reporting including questions on intersex (para 22) (25.11.2014)

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Collective NGO Report CRC 2014

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

>>> CRC Chronology 2014/15 + Thematic Swiss NGO Report on IGMs

NGO Report to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periodic Report of Switzerland on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

>>> Download as PDF (2.4 MB)

Compiled by:

Child Rights Network Switzerland
Entry on Intersex:
Zwischengeschlecht.org

Submitted in March 2014.
The Pre-Session on Switzerland will be in June 2014, the Review in January 2015.
>>> Chrolonogy 

The entry on Intersex Genital Mutilations on p. 25–26 of the NGO Report:

4.6 Protection against abuse: Genital mutilation

Assessment by the Child Rights Network Switzerland

[Intersex Genital Mutilations]

Since 1950, children with atypical sex anatomies (intersex, DSD, hermaphrodites) are systematically subjected to irreversible, medically unnecessary interventions in an attempt to fix their sex. Such interventions include cosmetic genital surgery, castration, sterilisation and hormone treatment. Swiss clinics were significantly involved in the global propagation of “genital correction surgeries”. As female sex organs are surgically easier to shape than male organs, most children were made into girls, often by amputating their “enlarged” clitoris. Parents were misinformed, kept in the dark and received no appropriate support. Treatment of such nature leads to serious physical and psychological complications. For the last 20 years, victims and NGOs have been criticising these interventions as a massive violation of human rights, including the right to physical integrity, denouncing them as “intersex genital mutilation”. The UN-Committees CEDAW and CAT, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT), the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), the Council of Europe (COE) and the National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK) criticise these interventions as a violation of human rights and demand legislative measures (NEK, SRT, COE), historical reappraisal, acknowledgement by society of suffering inflicted (NEK) and compensation for victims (NEK, CAT).

The Child Rights Network Switzerland recommends that the Committee oblige Switzerland:

–– to implement the full range of recommendations by the National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics “On the management of differences of sex development” (intersex, DSD), to consider legislative measures banning cosmetic genital surgery on intersex children, to conduct a historical appraisal of the human rights violations inflicted on intersex children and youth in society, and to compensate victims in an appropriate manner;

(Unfortunately, all the subheaders in the section on mutilation were 'lost in translation.')

In addition, Zwischengeschlecht.org successfully requested that on p. 15 of the report (regarding Discrimination) "Intersex" was not only mentioned in the assessment, but the "I" also added in the subheading and in the recommendations. ;-) Thanks!

>>> CRC Chronology 2014/15 + Thematic Swiss NGO Report on IGMs

Saturday 25 August 2012

Shadow Report UPR 2012

>>> deutsch      >>> http://intersex.schattenbericht.org

>>> Fact Sheet "Western Genital Mutilation" (PDF, 75 kb)  

Swiss NGO Coalition's Submission to the 14th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 2012 of Switzerland, April 2012

>>> Download as PDF (229 kb)

Compiled by:

Swiss NGO Coalition for the UPR
Entry on Intersex:
Zwischengeschlecht.org

Submitted by a Coalition of 47 Swiss NGOs in April 2012 for the forthcoming 14th UPR of Switzerland by the Human Rights Council in October 2012.
Chronology:
The Review was on Monday, October 29th 09:00-12:30h;
the Adoption of the Report on Wednesday, October 31st 10:00-11:30h.
The UNHRC did not discuss human rights violations of intersex people in its Session, and didn't mention intersex in their Recommendations.

The entry on Intersex Genital Mutilation on p. 9 of the shadow report:

18. Cosmetic genital surgery performed on children

About 1 child in 1000 is born with “inconclusive“ physical sexual characteristics (hermaphrodism, intersex, disorders of sex development). Such children are very frequently operated on “for cosmetic reasons” at a baby age. Those affected often see these operations as unwanted surgery without medical necessity and evidence. Furthermore, such interventions represent an infringement to the right to physical integrity and self-determination.

Recommendation

Switzerland should establish a commission to deal with the issues of those affected by the consequences of cosmetic genital surgery in an unbiased and fair manner.

>>> Fact Sheet "Western Genital Mutilation" (PDF, 75 kb) 
>>>
UNHRC Hearing Re: Intersex Genital Mutilations, October 29, 2012

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