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Failure to act on female genital mutilation

Published on: 11 October 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Failure to act on female genital mutilation
  • Original news
  • What is FGM?
  • What is the underpinning legislation surrounding FGM? What protections are available for those potentially subjected to FGM? When and how did this legislation develop?
  • Why have authorities failed to prosecute FGM? What are the difficulties in contemplating a prosecution? How does the government address those difficulties? Are the criticisms by the Select Committee a fair assessment of progress on the issue?
  • What action is the government taking to strengthen the protection for those at risk?

Article summary

Local Government analysis: The failure to successfully prosecute a single case of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK is a ‘national scandal’, the Commons home affairs select committee said in September 2016. In a recent report, the MPs said it was ‘beyond belief’ that no one had been convicted of FGM, 30 years after the practice was made illegal in the UK. Julie Okine and Charlotte Proudman of the Chambers of Anthony Metzer QC, Goldsmith Building, look at some of the issues behind the lack of prosecutions. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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