[Update 5.3.17: Mike Buchanan has been the defendant in two trials relating to his alleged obstruction of the highway on 1.6.16, during an anti-MGM protest in Parliament Square. Details of the outcome of the latest trial, at Isleworth Crown Court, are here. Mike is appealing the verdict at the High Court of Justice, in London, and will take the legal fight as far as humanly possible, in the battle to end MGM in the UK.]
The non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors – Male Genital Mutilation, ‘MGM’ – is a scourge across much of the world, causing widespread physical and psychological suffering. Men and boys are shamed into keeping quiet about the problems that have resulted from the procedure.
Sometimes it leads to death, either as a result of the procedure, or suicide in adult life. Unlike Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) it’s not specifically illegal in the UK, but it doesn’t need to be – nor did FGM, when it was made specifically illegal in 1985, as the Attorney General pointed out at the time. A parliamentary override would be required to make MGM legal, and no such override has ever existed.
Performing MGM is a criminal offence under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, being the infliction of Actual Bodily Harm, arguably Grievous Bodily Harm. Minors cannot legally consent to having ABH or GBH inflicted upon them on non-therapeutic grounds.
No exemptions to the law are permitted on religious or cultural grounds. The fact that MGM is a common practice inflicted upon male minors by those of the Jewish and Muslim faiths is utterly irrelevant in legal terms in the UK.
We continue to press the government to make MGM specifically illegal, in line with FGM, and in the meantime we call for the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to bring prosecutions against the criminals who are carrying out the procedures, invariably for financial gain. The government is a direct beneficiary of the crimes, drawing income tax from the criminals.
There are a considerable number of pieces about MGM in our Key topics section, scroll down to ‘Male Genital Mutilation’.
In July 2016 the American anti-MGM campaigner Tim Hammond gave a talk at the second International Conference on Men’s Issues at London Excel, on his 2012 Global Survey of Infant Circumcision Harm (video, 44:00).
There’s a collection of audio and video files concerning MGM, including our interviews on the subject, on our YouTube MGM playlist.