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"(...) FGM is internationally recognised as a violation of women’s human rights and a form of childabuse. In common with other forms of gender-based violence, ‘it constitutes a breach of the fundamental right to life, liberty, security, dignity, equality between women and men, non-discrimination and physical and mental integrity. It also violates the rights of the child as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.Throughout the world, calls for an end to FGM are gaining strength. Under the leadership ofthe African group and with strong EU support, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) adopted a landmark Resolution in 2012: ‘Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations. A follow-up declaration by the African group inthe UN Human Rights Council in June 2013, supported by EU Member States, focuses on the challenges the world community needs to address to achieve zero tolerance for FGM. Moreover, the monitoring of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment pays special attention to FGM. (...).".

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