2018 CRC Argentina Intersex NGO Report (for Session)
NGO Report to the 5th and 6th Periodic Report of Argentina on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
Brújula Intersexual / Brújula Inters. Argentina
StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org
CRC Timeline Argentina 2017-18:
• September 2017: Pre-session NGO Report by StopIGM.org, presenting solid evidence of how today healthy intersex children are still submitted to IGM, paid for by the Universal Health Care System under the oversight of the Argentinian Ministry of Health, causing lifelong severe pain and suffering (>>> Download PDF).
• April 2017: Above Joint Thematic NGO Report, providing updated solid evidence of how today healthy intersex children are still submitted to IGM, paid for by the Universal Health Care System under the oversight of the Argentinian Ministry of Health, causing lifelong severe pain and suffering (p. 10, 12-16), as well as of the lack of legislative provisions to effectively protect intersex children from IGM (p. 10-11, 17) and to ensure access to redress for IGM survivors (p. 18).• May 2018: In addition, the above Thematic NGO report has been endorsed by the Coordinadora de Profesionales por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA) >>> PDF English | Español
• June 2018: The Concluding Observations for Argentina included another reprimand for IGM under "harmful practices", though unfortunately they fell short of explicitly reccomending effective legislative measures required to combat harmful practices (as stipulated e.g. in the CRC-CEDAW Joint General Comment/Recommendation No. 18/31 "on harmful practices"):
CRC/C/ARG/CO/5-6, paras 26, 14(a) >>> UN Download Page
D. Violence against children (arts. 19, 24 (3), 28 (2), 34, 37 (a) and 39)
Harmful practices [art. 24(3)]
26. The Committee recommends that the State party develop and implement a rights-based health-care protocol for intersex children, ensuring that no child is subjected to unnecessary surgery or treatment and that children are involved, to the greatest extent possible, in decision-making about their treatment and care. Families with intersex children should be provided with ad equate counselling and support.
B. General principles (arts. 2, 3, 6 and 12)
14. The Committee recognizes the adoption of anti-discrimination legislation and the development of a national plan against discrimination. It remains deeply concerned, however, at reports of persisting de facto discrimination, social exclusion and physical, sexual and psychological abuse of children on the grounds of disability, indigenous origin and socioeconomic status. In this regard, the Committee reiterates its previous recommendations (CRC/C/ARG/CO/3-4, para. 33), and urges the State party:
(a) To ensure full implementation of relevant existing laws prohibiting discrimination, including by strengthening public education campaigns to address negative social attitudes towards indigenous children, children with disabilities, minority children, children from migrant backgrounds, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children;