In a landmark decision for the Greek judicial system, the Athens Administrative Appeals Court placed a temporary hold on the expulsion of a Kenyan woman due to a threat of being subjected to forced genital mutilation (FGM) and her three children tortured if she returned to her country.
It is the first time a Greek court uses the rules of the 1951 Geneva Convention to grant protection due to an FGM threat (decision 419/2014). In a 2009 note by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, FGM was included as a legitimate factor for granting asylum to a woman and any of her children under such a threat.
The Kenyan national arrived in Greece on September 3, 2002 in order to get financial help for a foot operation on one of her children, according to her. She applied for international protection under the Convention at the regional asylum office in Attica for herself and her children, aged 13, 5 and 3 years old, with the youngest being a legitimate child of an American citizen.