Egypt Independent: News-Main news en UN condemns acquittal of fatal FGM Egyptian doctor <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="LTR">The United Nations in Egypt is deeply concerned by recent developments in the case of Soheir El-Batei, the victim of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) who died in June 2013, as a result of an illegal procedure, it said in a statement on Thursday.</p><p dir="LTR">&quot;The misdemeanor court in the district of Aga, Dakahlia Governorate, dismissed the case today, following a settlement between the victim&rsquo;s family and the accused,&quot; the statement explained.</p><p dir="LTR">The court acquitted a male doctor&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;of carrying out female circumcision that killed a teenager, in the first case brought since the procedure was banned in 2008, AFP reported.</p><p dir="LTR">The court also acquitted the 14-year-old&#39;s father who took her to the doctor for the operation.</p><p dir="LTR">This was the first trial since the a law was passed criminalizing FGM in 2008.</p><p dir="LTR">The settlement prevented the court from deciding on the guilt of the accused, U.N. said.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">However, under existing legislation, there is no provision to prohibit such a settlement, resulting in the charges being dropped, it added.</span></p><p dir="LTR">According to the 2008 Demographic and Health survey,&nbsp;at least 91 percent of Egyptian women between the ages of 15-49 have undergone female genital mutilation.</p><p dir="LTR">Despite the ban, FGM is still widespread in Egypt, especially in rural and poor areas and is practised among minority Christians as well as Muslims according to AFP.</p><p dir="LTR">FGM involves the removal of the clitoris and, sometimes, even more extreme mutilation, in a bid to control women&#39;s sexuality , according to AFP.</p><p dir="LTR">The UN pointed out that Thursday marks the 25th&nbsp;anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The United Nations said it is committed to protecting the rights of all girls and women, including against the practice of FGM.</p><p dir="LTR">&quot;There is no moral, religious or health reason to cut or mutilate any girl or woman. Traditions that demean, dehumanize and injure are human rights violations that must be actively opposed until they are ended.&quot;</p><p dir="LTR">The United Nations encourages the review of current legislation to ensure that it fully protects the rights of women and girls and that the perpetrators of such heinous crimes are brought to justice<span style="font-family: Calibri;">.</span></p> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Ibrahim Alsahary 2440270 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/06/09/16030/photo.aspx_.jpg 13,600 water bottles seized from two unauthorized companies <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Red Sea Supply police seized 13,600 bottles of drinking water from two companies unauthorized by the Health Ministry to sell their products.</span></p><div>The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday morning that the managements of the companies were referred to the prosecution for investigation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440269 at sites/default/files/photo/2012/07/04/54605/freshwater-gleick-bottled-water_21519_600x450.jpg People with special needs protest outside Cairo governorate headquarters, demand housing <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-video_thumbnail" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Dozens of people with special needs staged demonstrations outside the Cairo Governorate headquarters on Thursday to demand housing units. &nbsp;They accused the headquarters of nepotism in distributing units.</span></p><div>Mahmoud Hussein, a protester, said he had applied for a unit in 1996, but did not receive it. &ldquo;Everytime we ask the officials they tell us to come back in six months,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&#39;s been 20 years now.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We pay high rent although we don&rsquo;t make much money and we don&rsquo;t have children to support us,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;People who have applied after us received their units.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For his part, Cairo Governor Galal Mostafa said he will review the applications.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We will deliver 1,220 units in December, of which 140 are allocated for people with special needs,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:34:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440275 at Egyptian Dervishes Band performs at El-Sawy Culture Wheel on Sunday <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">The Egyptian Dervishes dance band, led by Amer Al-Tony, is performing in the El-Sawy Culture Wheel on Sunday from 7pm to 9pm.</span></p><div>Tony founded the band to show the world that Egypt has its own heritage and cultural identity.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:16:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440274 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/21/495070/story.jpg