UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

France (CRC 23-02-2016)

The Committee considered the fifth periodic report of France (CRC/C/FRA/5) at its 2063rd and 2065th meetings (see CRC/C/SR.2063 and 2065), held on 13 and 14 January 2016, and adopted the following concluding observations at its 2104th meeting (see CRC/C/SR.2104), held on 29 January 2016.

Concluding observations

D. Violence against children (arts. 19, 24 (3), 28 (2), 34, 37 (a) and 39)

Harmful practices

47. While noting with appreciation the progress made by the State party to eradicate female genital mutilation the Committee is, however, concerned by many young girls still at risk and the possible resurgence of the phenomenon. The Committee is also concerned that medically unnecessary and irreversible surgery and other treatment is routinely performed on intersex children.

48. Recalling the Committee’s joint general comment No. 18 (2014) and No. 31 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on harmful practices, the Committee recommends that the State party gather data with a view to understanding the extent of these harmful practices with a view to better identify children at risk and prevent them. It recommends that the State party:

(a) Increase awareness of female genital mutilation in the State party among girls at risk, medical professionals, social workers, the police and gendarme officers, and magistrates;

(b) Develop and implement a rights-based health care protocol for intersex children, ensuring that children and their parents are appropriately informed of all options, that children are involved, to the largest extent, in decision-making about their treatment and care, and no child is subjected to unnecessary surgery or treatment.

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