Sunday, September 16 2018

2017 CAT Swiss LOIPR Intersex NGO Report


NGO Report to the 8th Periodic Report of Switzerland on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

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SI Selbsthilfe Intersexualität

CAT Timeline Switzerland 2017 – ca. 2020:
• Above June 2017 NGO Report provides solid evidence of ongoing IGM practices in Switzerland, no legal protections for children at risk and no access to redress and justice for survivors, in clear contradiction of the 2015 CAT binding recommendations for Switzerland.
• In December 2017 during its 62nd Session, the Committee drafted the List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR) with questions for Switzerland.
January 2018 the LOIPR (PDF) was published, including a tough question on intersex and IGM under CAT Article 16 “Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment” (CAT/C/CHE/QPR/8, para 27):

“27. In light of the Committee’s previous concluding observations (para. 20), please indicate the measures taken to guarantee respect for the physical integrity and autonomy of intersex individuals, so that no one is subjected during childhood to non-urgent medical or surgical procedures intended to determine the sex of the child.”

• Juli 2019 the State report was published, including the known excuses “our experts told us they stopped” and "instead of inhuman traetment, let's rather talk about legislation making it easier to change the sex in the Civil Registry" (CAT/C/CHE/8, paras 163-69).

• NGOs will have another possibility to submit NGO reports.

• Finally the actual State review will take place in Geneva, hopefully followed by yet another severe reprimand for IGM practices for Switzerland.

Wednesday, July 19 2017

2017 CAT Ireland Thematic Intersex NGO Report

NGO Report to the 2nd Report of Ireland
on the Convention against Torture (CAT)

>>>  Download (PDF 250 kb)

Compiled by:
Gavan Coleman /

Timetable CAT Review of Ireland July/August 2017:
• NGO Briefings Ireland (closed): Wed 26 July
• Review of Ireland: Thu 27 July 10-13h CET
+ Fri 28 July 15-18h CET
>>> Report + VIDEO
The Concluding Observations for Ireland unfortunately did NOT mention intersex and IGM.

Thursday, March 23 2017

2017 CAT Argentina Thematic Intersex NGO Report

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

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Compiled by:
Justicia Intersex /

CAT Timeline Argentina 2017:
20 March 2017: Thematic NGO Report by Justicia Intersex / for the 60th CAT session (see above). This report only contains information specific to Argentina and complements the thematic NGO report for France submitted for the 56th session containing more general information on Intersex, IGM Practices and why they are in breach of the Convention against Torture.
Tue 25 April 2017, 17–18h CET: NGO Briefing (closed).

Wed 26 April 2017, 10–13h CET + Thur 27 April 2017, 15–18h CET:
   Review of Argentina
during the 60th CAT Session,

    >>> VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT INTERSEX Q&A | >>> Full Session Report

Unfortunately, the Concluding observations for Argentina did NOT raise intersex or IGM.

Saturday, January 21 2017

2017 CAT New Zealand LoIPR Intersex NGO Report

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NGO Report for the LOIPR for New Zealand
on the Convention against Torture (CAT)

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Intersex, IGM practices, the above thematic report, and the intersex report by Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ) were mentioned under art. 16 in the List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LoIPR), para 32, i.e. in the initial List of Questions of the Committee to the State party, drafted during the 60th CAT session.
>>> CAT60 Session homepage with all documents

Next, New Zealand will now have to provide written answers in its State report.
Then NGOs and NHRIs can submit update reports, and finally the Committe will review New Zealand in Geneva, hopefully with togh questions on intersex and IGM, followed by strong Concluding observations (with binding recommendations to the State party).