Circumcision ban Sweden : breaches human rights of the child. Swedish officials say there is no reason to circumcise young boys and the practice violates United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Comments from Sweden’s children’s Ombudsman Fredrik Malmberg — along with representatives from the Swedish Society of Medicine, the Swedish Society of Health Professionals, the Swedish Pediatric Society, and the Swedish Association of Pediatric Surgeons — came in a debate article published Saturday in the Dagens Nyheter daily, The Local.se reported.
In 2001 Sweden passed a law authorising circumcision, which allows a religious authority to perform the operation if the child is under two months old. If the child is older than this, only a physician can carry it out.
The law also requires the consent of the parents and demands they are fully informed about the operation and its implications.
The law has widespread support in Sweden and a proposal last October to ban circumcision from the far right party Sweden Democrats was rejected.
According to Malmberg the law contravenes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The government estimates that some 3,000 boys are circumcised every year in Sweden.
In 2012, a court in Cologne, Germany said the rite amounted to grievous bodily harm in a ruling that caused international uproar.
The German parliament later decided to pass a law authorising the practice for religious reasons.
Studies have shown there is compelling evidence that male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by approximately 60 percent.