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Flowers left by the tomb of Soheir Al-Batea. Photo by Tom Dale/Equality Now.

In July 2013 Equality Now issued Action 38.3 calling for enforcement of the anti-FGM law and justice in the case of 13-year-old Soheir al-Batea who died after Dr. Raslan Fadl allegedly performed female genital mutilation (FGM) on her at her father’s request in a clinic north-east of Cairo. Dr. Fadl was interrogated by prosecutors and released on bail pending investigation.

After traveling to Soheir’s village in November to follow up on the case, Equality Now is concerned that the investigation is being sidelined by the authorities.

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The long-delayed forensic report lists Soheir’s cause of death as an allergic reaction to penicillin and makes no mention of FGM, despite her father’s initial statement to the police that she had been brought to the clinic to be subjected to the procedure. We also understand that Dr. Fadl paid Soheir’s family 50,000 Egyptian Pounds ($7,257 USD) and they no longer want to pursue the case. Furthermore, Soheir’s father has changed his statement to match Dr. Fadl’s statement that Soheir suffered from genital warts and the family brought her to the doctor to treat them. Meanwhile, Dr Fadl continues to practice in his clinic and reportedly performs FGM procedures daily in clear violation of the law banning the practice.

Equality Now’s Suad Abu-Dayyeh
at the home of Soheir al-Batea

While in Egypt, Equality Now staff heard reports of another girl who died from FGM, but upon further investigation, we were told by Police that they had received no such report. We are concerned that this case and others like Soheir’s are occurring but not being properly investigated.

FGM has been a criminal offence under the Egyptian penal code since 2008. Despite this ban, UNICEF reports that medicalization is on the rise in Egypt with an estimated 72% of procedures being performed by doctors in private clinics. Without strong messages from the government, such as proper implementation of the law and swift punishment for the perpetrators, FGM may become more acceptable in Egypt, with women’s rights increasingly taking a back seat at all levels.

What You Can Do

Please join Equality Now and our Egyptian partners, the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA) and the Egyptian Coalition for Children’s Rights (ECCR) in calling on the government of Egypt to live up to its domestic and international obligations by:

  • Effectively enforcing its FGM law by properly investigating and fully prosecuting violations and in particular ensuring that Soheir’s death is properly investigated including by arranging for medical experts to review the forensic report.
  • Ensuring that Dr. Fadl is thoroughly investigated and held accountable for all crimes he is found to have committed.
  • Supporting and enhancing community education to change cultural perception and beliefs on FGM and acknowledging FGM as a human rights violation with harmful consequences
  • Ensuring that health care providers are given comprehensive education and training on the health and human rights implications of FGM and refrain from performing any form of the practice

 

Take Action Now!

Letters should go to:

Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta 
Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations
304 East 44th Street
New York, NY 10017 USA

Tel.: +1 (212) 503-0300
Fax: +1 (212) 949-5999
E-mail: egypt@un.int

Attorney General Mr. Nabeel Sadeq
Attorney General's Office
High Court, 26th of July Street Ambulance Square, Cairo, EGYPT
Tel.: +202 2574 3751-2576 0468
Fax: +202 2577 4716

Copy to:

Dr. Ahmad Hani, Director at the National Population Council, Fax: +20 25240409, Email: npc.npic@gmail.com, npic@npc.gov.eg

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Dear Attorney General,

I am deeply concerned about punishment handed by the Criminal Court of Al Suez to the perpetrators, including the dermatologist, anesthetist and the mother of 17-year-old Mayar Mohamed, who died after being subjected to FGM in 2016. The sentence was a 5,000 Egyptian Pound fine and a one year suspended sentence. This is a shockingly inadequate punishment for taking a person’s life and is obviously failing to deter the ongoing crime against women and girls.

I understand that the House of Representatives amended the FGM law to increase penalties on 26 August 2016 and do not understand why it was not implemented.  I urge the Egyptian judiciary to implement the law, which would act as a deterrent for future abuse. Medicalization of FGM in Egypt is still on the rise and without proper punishments for perpetrators - as in the case of Mayar - FGM will continue to increase.

I urge the government to effectively implement the FGM law, change cultural perceptions and beliefs on FGM and conduct training for health care providers on the health and human rights violations of FGM.

I thank you for our attention.

Sincerely,

Salsa Id: 
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Action Date: 
Monday, June 12, 2017
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13025
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Flowers left by the tomb of Soheir Al-Batea. Photo by Tom Dale/Equality Now.

In July 2013 Equality Now issued Action 38.3 calling for enforcement of the anti-FGM law and justice in the case of 13-year-old Soheir al-Batea who died after Dr. Raslan Fadl allegedly performed female genital mutilation (FGM) on her at her father’s request in a clinic north-east of Cairo. Dr. Fadl was interrogated by prosecutors and released on bail pending investigation.

After traveling to Soheir’s village in November to follow up on the case, Equality Now is concerned that the investigation is being sidelined by the authorities.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

The long-delayed forensic report lists Soheir’s cause of death as an allergic reaction to penicillin and makes no mention of FGM, despite her father’s initial statement to the police that she had been brought to the clinic to be subjected to the procedure. We also understand that Dr. Fadl paid Soheir’s family 50,000 Egyptian Pounds ($7,257 USD) and they no longer want to pursue the case. Furthermore, Soheir’s father has changed his statement to match Dr. Fadl’s statement that Soheir suffered from genital warts and the family brought her to the doctor to treat them. Meanwhile, Dr Fadl continues to practice in his clinic and reportedly performs FGM procedures daily in clear violation of the law banning the practice.

Equality Now’s Suad Abu-Dayyeh
at the home of Soheir al-Batea

While in Egypt, Equality Now staff heard reports of another girl who died from FGM, but upon further investigation, we were told by Police that they had received no such report. We are concerned that this case and others like Soheir’s are occurring but not being properly investigated.

FGM has been a criminal offence under the Egyptian penal code since 2008. Despite this ban, UNICEF reports that medicalization is on the rise in Egypt with an estimated 72% of procedures being performed by doctors in private clinics. Without strong messages from the government, such as proper implementation of the law and swift punishment for the perpetrators, FGM may become more acceptable in Egypt, with women’s rights increasingly taking a back seat at all levels.

What You Can Do

Please join Equality Now and our Egyptian partners, the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA) and the Egyptian Coalition for Children’s Rights (ECCR) in calling on the government of Egypt to live up to its domestic and international obligations by:

  • Effectively enforcing its FGM law by properly investigating and fully prosecuting violations and in particular ensuring that Soheir’s death is properly investigated including by arranging for medical experts to review the forensic report.
  • Ensuring that Dr. Fadl is thoroughly investigated and held accountable for all crimes he is found to have committed.
  • Supporting and enhancing community education to change cultural perception and beliefs on FGM and acknowledging FGM as a human rights violation with harmful consequences
  • Ensuring that health care providers are given comprehensive education and training on the health and human rights implications of FGM and refrain from performing any form of the practice

 

Take Action Now!

Letters should go to:

Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta 
Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations
304 East 44th Street
New York, NY 10017 USA

Tel.: +1 (212) 503-0300
Fax: +1 (212) 949-5999
E-mail: egypt@un.int

Attorney General Mr. Nabeel Sadeq
Attorney General's Office
High Court, 26th of July Street Ambulance Square, Cairo, EGYPT
Tel.: +202 2574 3751-2576 0468
Fax: +202 2577 4716

Copy to:

Dr. Ahmad Hani, Director at the National Population Council, Fax: +20 25240409, Email: npc.npic@gmail.com, npic@npc.gov.eg

TAKE ACTION NOW! 

Dear Attorney General,

I am deeply concerned about punishment handed by the Criminal Court of Al Suez to the perpetrators, including the dermatologist, anesthetist and the mother of 17-year-old Mayar Mohamed, who died after being subjected to FGM in 2016. The sentence was a 5,000 Egyptian Pound fine and a one year suspended sentence. This is a shockingly inadequate punishment for taking a person’s life and is obviously failing to deter the ongoing crime against women and girls.

I understand that the House of Representatives amended the FGM law to increase penalties on 26 August 2016 and do not understand why it was not implemented.  I urge the Egyptian judiciary to implement the law, which would act as a deterrent for future abuse. Medicalization of FGM in Egypt is still on the rise and without proper punishments for perpetrators - as in the case of Mayar - FGM will continue to increase.

I urge the government to effectively implement the FGM law, change cultural perceptions and beliefs on FGM and conduct training for health care providers on the health and human rights violations of FGM.

I thank you for our attention.

Sincerely,

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