[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday called for intensive efforts [press release] to address the issue of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) [UNFPA backgrounder; JURIST news archive], calling the practice a form of gender-based discrimination that violated the right to be free from torture. Pillay stressed [UN News Centre report] that FGM/C causes severe pain as well as both short and long term health consequences without providing any health...

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