CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament on Wednesday toughened penalties for female genital mutilation, adopting amendments that punish perpetrators with up to 15 years in prison if a child dies and up to seven years for performing the procedure.
- 29 August, 2016 Egypt seeks tougher punishment for female genital mutilation By Menna Zaki CAIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's rights activists hailed the Egyptian government on Monday for advocating increased prison sentences for perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM) but warned that a new law could shroud the practice in greater secrecy. […]
- 26 January, 2015 Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country's first case that came to trial over the […]
- 9 August, 2016 Egypt bars police from talking to the media Egypt's parliament on Tuesday approved restrictions on the police that will prevent them from providing information to the media, a move that critics saw as an attempt to further cover up high-level abuses and corruption. Amendments to the police autho...
- 19 August, 2015 Human rights group slams Egypt’s new anti-terrorism law CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's sweeping new counterterrorism law erodes basic rights and defines terrorism so broadly that it could encompass civil disobedience and be used to stifle dissent, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday in a scathing report.
- 29 December, 2015 Gambia criminalises female genital mutilation Gambian lawmakers have passed a bill criminalising female circumcision and introducing prison terms of up to three years for anyone flouting the ban. The National Assembly voted by a large majority to write the ban into the criminal code late Monday, a month after President Yahya Jammeh […]