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Urgent measures requested from the European Court of Human Rights on Female Genital Mutilation (Afusat Saliu v UK)
Afusat Saliu and her two infant daughters were due to be deported despite the grave array of risks to their fundamental rights that awaited them at the other side. Ms. Saliu's daughters, aged two and four, are threatened by family members with female genital mutilation, a practice that continues to be widespread in Nigeria and other states despite the devastating consequences for affected women and girls. Afusat was herself a victim of this practice as child and is determined to protect her children from its consequences. She was also subject to a forced marriage contract between her family and man twenty years her senior and to violence from her prospective husband when she refused to comply with its terms.

In the request for interim measures faxed to the court on 30 April 2014, HRIP argued that the deportation of Ms Saliu and her two small children would lead to a real risk of FGM and other serious rights violations. FGM constitutes torture or ill treatment and transfer in the face of such a risk is prohibited by Article 3 of the Convention. Interim measures would prevent the UK from deporting the applicants until the European court is able to consider the merits of the case and avoid the risk of irreparable harm to the applicants.

HRIP represents Afusat Saliu and her daughters in these proceedings. They are also represented by Felicity Gerry QC and BP Legal Solicitors in the UK. Her case is supported by a local network that has begun a campaign on her behalf and a petition (platform change.org/Afusat) to which over 120,000 have already lent their support.

Urgent measures requested from the European Court of Human Rights to protect from Female Genital Mutilation (Afusat Saliu v UK) (Word document)

See also http://anjhanda.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/application-made-to-european-court-of-human-rights-for-afusat-and-girls

A press report of her story is at http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/apr/24/nigerian-mother-afusat-saliu-fight-asylum-fgm-daughters

For background on FGM see, e.g., http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en, and on FGM in Nigeria specifically, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3507121