NGO Report (for LOI) to the 4th Report of Kenya on the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org
CCPR Timeline Kenya 2019-2020
• In April 2019, Kenya's 4th State report (CCPR/C/KEN/4) on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) was published on the CCPR Homepage. It mentions intersex in paras 172-173, however, it only briefly touches upon IGM under “corrective surgeries” and “medical examination and tests” on intersex babies, further referring to “internationally acceptable [medical] guidelines” in para 173, but remains silent on infanticide and abandonment of intersex children.
• Above January 2020 Thematic Intersex NGO Report (for LOI) by StopIGM.org (INT/CCPR/ICO/KEN/41038) documents recent evidence and testimony from local intersex advocates and expert bodies, namely the Intersex Persons Society of Kenya (IPSK), the Taskforce on Policy, Legal, Institutional and Administrative Reforms regarding the Intersex Persons in Kenya and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), demonstrating that not only medical IGM practices remain widespread (p. 9-10), but particularly infanticide and abandonment of intersex babies (p. 10-12), too. It further documents insufficient Government initiatives failing to effectively address these practices (p. 14-15), makes the case for an explicit prohibition (p. 12-13), provides background information on such practices (p. 8), and contains Suggested Questions (p. 4).
• During its 128th Session in March 2020, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) as the Treaty body monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) will draft a List of Issues (LOI) with questions to the Kenian Government, hopefully including strong ones about intersex and IGM including infanticide and abandonment.
• Until summer 2020, the Kenyan Government will have to answer these questions in writing (Replies to the LOI).
• In September 2020, NGOs will then have another possibility to submit NGO reports (for Session).
• In October 2020, CCPR will examine the human rights record of Kenya during its 130th Session in Geneva, to be transmitted LIVE on webtv.un.org! Previously, NGOs will have another possibility to brief the Committee in a private NGO meeting.
• After the Session, in November 2020 CCPR will publish its Concluding Observations with binding recommendations for Kenya – hopefully including yet another strong reprimand for IGM practices, including infanticide and abandonment of intersex children, and the very 1st one to Kenya!