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SWITZERLAND: Female Genital Mutilation 'Will Be Punishable Offence In Switzerland

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been made a punishable offence in Switzerland.

The Swiss parliament voted last week to change the penal code in the country, attempting to outlaw the practice, according to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, reported by M&C.

Some 162 of the lawmakers in the national assembly voted for the changes to the code, with only two voting against.

The move will see the outlawing of all forms of female genital mutilation in the country.

As well as this, Swiss residents who carry out the practice overseas could face a heavy fine or up to ten years in prison for the offence, reports the news provider.

In 2007, children's charity Unicef and the United Nations Population Fund launched a campaign to put an end to the practice.

By 2012, the organisations hope there will be a 40 per cent reduction in FGM around the world.

It was reported recently that Uganda has called for the whole of Africa to stop the practice.


AUTHOR: Carla Mackenzie

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DATE: 10/01/2011

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