Friday, 25 July 2014 22:24

UN Humanitarian Community Verifying Information About Reported ISIL "Decree" on FGM

Erbil, 25 July 2014 – Reference to some statements recently attributed to the United Nations Resident / Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG) Jacqueline Badcock, regarding information that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has allegedly required women in parts of northern Iraq under its control to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the United Nations Humanitarian Community would like to make the following clarification:

“The United Nations Humanitarian Community is verifying the information about the reported “decree” and its implementation, UNAMI Spokesperson Ms. Eliana Nabaa said.  “At this point, the United Nations can neither confirm nor deny any reports circulating on the subject with regard to Iraq”, she added, noting that “such “decrees” have reportedly been circulated in Syrian areas of ISIL control”.

“The United Nations remains gravely concerned about the particular vulnerabilities of women and girls in conflict areas, reportedly exposed to rape, forced marriages and other abuses which need to be particularly addressed”, Ms. Nabaa stressed.

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