Spain to prosecute genital mutilation abroad

23rd June 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 June 2005, MADRID — The Spanish parliament has given the green light to change the law so it can prosecute immigrants who have carried out female genital mutilation in other countries.

23 June 2005

MADRID — The Spanish parliament has given the green light to change the law so it can  prosecute immigrants who have carried out female genital mutilation in other countries.

It will mean Spain will be able to prosecute offenders for alleged crimes committed outside Spanish territory.

In Spain this practice can bring a maximum penalty of 12 years in jail.

The conservative Catalan regional party, Convergencia y Union (CiU) asked for this measure to be brought in as an amendment to an existing law.

At present, other offences of genocide, terrorism, piracy, prostitution, corruption of minors or drug trafficking outside Spain can be punished.

Mercè Pigem, of the CiU, said it was important to help the work done by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in combating this practice.

Experts say 135 million girls have suffered genital mutilation and each year there are two million new cases or 6,000 each minute.

The antiquated practice is carried out principally in sub-Saharan African countries.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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