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Female refugees from Cyprus are victims of female genital mutilation

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Female refugees from Cyprus are victims of female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (AML) in Cyprus occurs among first-generation immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, said in a statement, the Equality Commissioner of Friends Iosifina Antoniou on the occasion of the World Day for Zero Tolerance.

However, he notes that so far there are no recorded quantitative or qualitative statistical data on AGO from the affected communities in Cyprus. There is also no evidence that this practice occurs in Cyprus, while the victims of this practice migrate to our country.

The Commissioner for Gender Equality expresses her disgust with this practice and stresses that ANG is another serious form of gender-based violence and constitutes a violation of women's human rights.

ANGO, he says, has a lasting and serious impact on the health of women victims – it leaves deep physical and psychological effects in the short, medium and long term, and can even lead to death.

However, he continues, in our country this practice is distant from our society as it is not related to our culture, culture or religion, however, women victims of this practice live among us.

“The government has applied the principle of extraterritoriality, where according to Article 233A of the Penal Code, cases of this crime can be tried by the Cypriot courts even if it was committed outside the Republic of Cyprus within the framework of extraterritorial jurisdiction,” he notes.

Furthermore, he states, Cyprus has ratified a number of conventions for the UNHCR such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – CEDAW, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. or Humiliation or Punishment – CAT, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – CRC, the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence – Istanbul Convention.

Finally, Ms. Antoniou emphasizes that it is unacceptable in the 21st century to have, both in Cyprus and in the world, many girls who are endangered by this practice.

Source: KYPE

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