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25/06/2014

Female genital mutilation & asylum in the european union - a statistical update

Auteur : Millennia2025

Source : UNHCR - The UN Refugee

 

 

 Female genital mutilation & asylum in the european union - a statistical update

Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. This harmful traditional practice is most common in the western, eastern, and north-eastern regions of Africa; in some countries in Asia and the Middle East; and among migrant and refugee communities from these areas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America.

 

FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of women and girls. The practice also violates a person's rights to health, security and physical integrity; the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; and the right to life when the procedure results in death. The practice of FGM is also considered as a criminal act in all EU Member States.
 

 => Direct link to the 4 pages report:
      http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home/opendocPDFViewer.html?docid=53187f379&query=Refugee

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