Doctor conviction is an important step forward ending FGM

January 26, 2015 7:37 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has said the conviction of an Egyptian doctor who performed an illegal female genital mutilation operation on a 13 year-old is a step forward in ending FGM across the world.

The doctor was today (Monday 26 January) convicted of manslaughter after Suhair al-Bataa died following the operation in 2013.

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In her role as an International Development Minister, Lynne started the campaign to end FGM within a generation.

Commenting Lynne said:

"This is a hugely important step forward in the international campaign to end FGM. I wholeheartedly congratulate those tireless campaigners working in Egypt, Britain and across the rest of the world.

"Today's landmark ruling shows we are one step closer to ending FGM within a generation."