To link to this article, copy this persistent link:
(Jul 02, 2008) The British police are reportedly increasing checks on flights leaving for nations that are known to continue the practice of female circumcision. This practice was made unlawful in the United Kingdom in 1985, through the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act. There were no prosecutions under this Act, and in response to concerns that the law was not being enforced and to close certain loopholes, a new law was passed, the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. This Act expanded the scope of the 1985 Act and enables the prosecution of individuals who perform, aid, abet, counsel, or procure a person to perform female circumcision outside of the United Kingdom on UK nationals or residents. The law has reportedly had no prosecutions since it came into force, and the checks on the departing flights are intended to raise the profile of the law and prevent girls from being taken out of the country for the procedure. (Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, c. 31, available at http://www.opsi.gov.uk/ACTS/acts2003/ukpga_20030031_en_1 (official source); Brian Brady, Female Circumcision, THE INDEPENDENT (London), June 22, 2008, available at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/female-circumcision-a-tradition-
|Author:||Clare Feikert-Ahalt More by this author|
|Topic:||Families More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||United Kingdom More about this jurisdiction|
Search Legal News
Find legal news by topic, country, keyword, date, or author.
Global Legal Monitor RSS
Get the Global Legal Monitor delivered to your inbox. Sign up for RSS service.
The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can find previous news by searching the GLM.
Last updated: 07/02/2008