Swiss NGO Coalition's Submission to the 14th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 2012 of Switzerland, April 2012
Swiss NGO Coalition for the UPR
Entry on Intersex:
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
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.
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.