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Gambia parliament passes bill which bans female genital mutilation

FGM bladesGambia’s parliament has passed a bill which bans female genital mutilation (FGM). The development follows pronouncements made inNovember last year by President Yahya Jammeh banning the practice to protect young girls.

According to the new law, “a person who engages in female circumcision could face up to three years in prison or a fine of 50,000 dalasi ($1,250)… If the act results in death, a person could face life imprisonment,” the Associated Press reports.

Rights campaigners have welcomed the development.

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