New law against FGM in Switzerland / Neues Gesetz gegen FGM in der Schweiz

20 Dec

Berne – The Swiss Parliament on Thursday voted in favour of a new law that will explicitly make female genital mutilation (FGM) a criminal offence in Switzerland. If found guilty, offenders of the law are facing up to 10 years in prison.

The most important difference to laws in other European countries is the possibility of prosecution even if the mutilation was performed abroad. Due to the countries of origin of the potential victims, this addition is extremely important in laws against FGM in Europe.

The new law is now awaiting approval from the Cantons. An estimated 7.000 girls and young women in Switzerland are at risk of becoming victims of female genital mutilation.

Source: Deutsche Presse Agentur


Bern – Das schweizer Parlament hat am Donnerstag mit 162 zu 2 Stimmen eine Gesetzesänderung beschlossen, die weibliche Genitalverstümmelung in der Schweiz explizit zu einer Straftat macht. Bei einer Verurteilung drohen dem Beschuldigten bis zu 10 Jahre Haft.

Der wichtigste Unterschied zu einer Behandlung von FGM als schwerer Körperverletzung, wie es beispielsweise in Deutschland derzeit behandelt wird, ist die Ergänzung einer möglichen Strafverfolgung auch dann, wenn die Verstümmelung im Ausland durchgeführt wird. Dies ist aufgrund der Herkunftsländer der potentiellen Opfer besonders wichtig.

Das neue Gesetz muss nun noch von den einzelnen Kantonen verabschiedet werden. Schätzungen zufolge sind etwa 7.000 junge Frauen in der Schweiz von weiblicher Genitalverstümmelung bedroht.

Quelle: Deutsche Presse Agentur

2 Responses to “New law against FGM in Switzerland / Neues Gesetz gegen FGM in der Schweiz”

  1. Sebastian December 21, 2010 at 12:24 am #

    Probably it would be quite easier to set strong laws if it wouldn´t be FGM but MGM. I mean if it would be part of the “man´s world”. Sorry to say that as a man. But I am always upset about any laws out of balance. Doctors who practice FGM shouldn´t even lose their license just for a year – they should loose it for ever. I am not sure about other countries, but in Germany every doctor in medicine has to say the “Hippocratic Oath” to act only positive for health. If otherwise the doctor is in danger to loose the “License of practice medicine”. We have a lot of good laws in Germany, but our courts quite often behave very strange. Our law system and even our democracy is quite often just a nice theory.

    Regards, Sebastian

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