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US group lobbies UN to outlaw male circumcision

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7514.422-b (Published 18 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:422
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    A US lobby group is urging the United Nations to classify male circumcision as a violation of human rights violation.

    The group wants the UN to outlaw the practice and wants a 1996 US federal law banning female genital mutilation to be amended to include circumcision of men and boys under the age of 18. Matthew Hess, president of MGMbill.org (MGM bill stands for the male genital mutilation bill), said that his group was working “to end male genital mutilation.” He said that male circumcision violated the UN's Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.

    The organisation wants UNAIDS, the joint UN programme on HIV and AIDS, …

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