Labour backbencher Chris Fearne will soon table a private members' bill which will propose the introduction of a law banning female genital mutilation (FGM).

The bill, which will outlaw a practice, considered to be a violation of the human rights of girls and women by the United Nations, is set to be tabled in parliament after the summer recess, the MP told MaltaToday.

In all EU countries, legal provisions dealing with bodily injury, mutilation and removal of organs or body tissue, are applicable to the practice of FGM and may be used for criminal prosecution.

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