Iceland law to outlaw male circumcision sparks row over religious freedom

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Iceland is poised to become the first European country to outlaw male circumcision amid signs that the ritual common to both Judaism and Islam may be a new battleground over religious freedom. A bill currently before the Icelandic parliament proposes a penalty of up to six years in prison for anyone carrying out a circumcision other than for medical reasons. [...]

The Icelandic bill says the circumcision of young boys violates their rights and is incompatible with the United Nations convention on the rights of the child. It draws a parallel with female genital mutilation, already outlawed in most European countries.

source: Article 'Iceland law to outlaw male circumcision sparks row over religious freedom' by Harriet Sherwood; www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/18/iceland-ban-male-circumcision-first-european-country; The Guardian; 18 February 2018