The unprecedented case of a third fact finding hearing – Garden Court Chambers

Posted March 3rd, 2020 in children, evidence, female genital mutilation, news, police, retrials by sally

‘The case concerns the following tragic background. A 10-year-old girl, S was found dead in her bedroom. She died of strangulation and suffered recent injuries to her genital area.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 20th February 2020

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UK Somalis ‘racially profiled’ over FGM – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2020 in female genital mutilation, news, race discrimination by sally

‘Parents are wrongly being arrested and having their children taken into care due to the stigma around female genital mutilation (FGM), members of the UK Somali community have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. They say figures suggesting tens of thousands of girls are at risk in the UK are inaccurate.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2020

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Thousands of children abused over witchcraft beliefs as number of known victims rockets by a third – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2019 in child abuse, female genital mutilation, news, witchcraft by tracey

‘The number of children known to have been abused in England over beliefs in witchcraft and possession has risen by a third in two years, figures show.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2019

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Judicial review challenge on health inequalities caused by NHS Charging Scheme for migrant women and their children – Garden Court Chambers

‘Judicial review proceedings have been launched on behalf of Maternity Action, a leading maternity rights charity, challenging the Secretary of State for Health’s NHS Charging Regime. The disproportionate effect of charging is most stark amongst destitute pregnant women, new mothers, survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and Female Genital Mutilation and destitute migrant families supported by local authorities, who are overwhelmingly women.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 15th October 2019

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Vaginal surgery and piercings are not FGM, says CPS guideline – The Guardian

‘Increasingly popular vaginal cosmetic surgery and genital piercing should in most cases not be prosecuted as female genital mutilation (FGM), according to fresh guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2019

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Family courts hearing FGM cases do not have jurisdiction to injunct Home Secretary on asylum matters, rules senior judge – Local Government Lawyer

‘There is no jurisdiction for a family court to make a FGM (female genital mutilation) protection order against the Home Secretary to control the exercise of her jurisdiction with respect to matters of immigration and asylum, the President of the Family Division has concluded.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th September 2019

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UK courts powerless to prevent deportation of girl, 10, at risk of FGM – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2019 in asylum, deportation, female genital mutilation, news by tracey

‘A British court has said it has no power to stop the deportation of a 10-year-old girl at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) after authorities rejected her mother’s asylum application.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2019

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High Court judge allows girl at risk of FGM to be taken on Egypt trip subject to safeguards – Local Government Lawyer

‘A girl at potential risk of female genial mutilation (FGM) may be taken on a trip to Egypt to visit her father but only in strictly controlled circumstances, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th August 2019

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Breast-ironing is abuse and could lead to prison term, says CPS – The Guardian

‘Relatives who “iron” a young girl’s chest with a hot stone or other objects to delay breast formation could face up to 10 years in prison, under new guidance published by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2019

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted March 19th, 2019 in children, female genital mutilation, legislation, stalking by tracey

Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2019

Stalking Protection Act 2019

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Mother in FGM case ‘betrayed’ three-year-old daughter by mutilating her, as she is sentenced to 13 years – Daily Telegraph

‘The first person to be convicted of FMG in Britain “betrayed” her three-year-old daughter by mutilating her, a judge said, as she jailed her for 13 years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2019

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Sajid Javid can deport mother of FGM risk girl, judge decides – BBC News

‘The Home Secretary cannot be barred from deporting a failed asylum seeker whose daughter would be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) if taken abroad, a senior judge decided.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2019

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CPS secures first conviction for female genital mutilation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 4th, 2019 in Crown Prosecution Service, female genital mutilation, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The mother of a three year old girl has become the first person in England and Wales to be convicted of female genital mutilation (FGM) offences since the practice was criminalised in the UK in 1985.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st February 2019

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Urgent action needed to address lack of FGM awareness, say experts – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2019 in female genital mutilation, health, internet, news by sally

‘A national public health campaign, improved training for professionals and better use of social media to engage young people are among recommendations to be made by a cross-sector forum set up to hold the government to account on tackling female genital mutilation (FGM).’

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2019

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Female genital mutilation cases more than double in a year in UK – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2018 in female genital mutilation, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of girls in England who have experienced or are believed to be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) has more than doubled in a year, according to assessments by council social workers.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2018

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UK solicitor cleared of forcing daughter to undergo FGM – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in female genital mutilation, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Case is second FGM prosecution brought to court in UK, both of which have resulted in acquittals.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2018

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Reported cases of FGM rise sharply in UK yet still no court convictions – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2018 in female genital mutilation, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘When detective chief inspector Leanne Pook began investigating allegations that a father in Bristol had allowed his six-year-old daughter to undergo female genital mutilation, she hoped the case – the second to reach court – could go on to make legal history. It has been more than three decades since FGM was made illegal in the UK, but there is yet to be a successful prosecution. The first case, in 2015, resulted in an NHS doctor being acquitted in less than 30 minutes.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2018

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Police promise to learn lessons after collapse of FGM trial in Bristol – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in child cruelty, female genital mutilation, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘Detectives have promised to learn lessons after the groundbreaking trial of a father accused of allowing his six-year-old daughter to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) collapsed.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2018

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Judge bans man from taking daughter out of the country for the next 11 years over FGM fears – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 30th, 2018 in children, female genital mutilation, news, parental rights by sally

‘A judge has banned a man from taking his six-year-old daughter out of the country for the next 11 years over fears she may be forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th January 2018

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FGM: More than 5,000 new cases in England – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2017 in female genital mutilation, health, London, news, statistics, women by sally

‘The NHS in England recorded 5,391 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the past year, data reveals.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2017

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