Saturday, August 25 2012

Shadow Report UPR 2012

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>>> 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

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Compiled by:

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 2012.
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.

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