FGM and International Human Rights

Schona Jolly QC has filed an amicus curiae submission with a team of Three Crowns lawyers on behalf of four non-governmental organizations committed to the elimination of FGM: Equality Now, Sahiyo, WeSpeakOut, and Safe Hands for Girls  in support of the US  federal government’s ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) in United States v. Nagarwala et al. This landmark case, brought in the Eastern District of Michigan, is the first U.S. federal criminal trial relating to the federal ban on FGM. The amicus submission, which includes detailed arguments on the relevance of United States’ international human rights treaty commitments,  is available here: https://www.equalitynow.org/amici_curiae_us_2018?locale=en

This week, in what campaigners are describing as an “outrageous blow” for tens of thousands of girls affected by  FGM, the Michigan District Court has dismissed the charges under the commerce clause of the US constitution. A spokesman for the US government has indicated that it now will review the decision before deciding whether to appeal. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/22/us-is-moving-backwards-female-genital-mutilation-ruling-a-blow-to-girls-at-risk