Unnecessary Male Circumcision breaches several rights contained in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
- Article 2 States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind irrespective of the child’s or his or her parent’s or legal guardian’s race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.
- Article 19 The right to protection from all forms of violence, injury, abuse, neglect or exploitation.
- Article 24 The right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. Article 24 makes specific reference to the duty of governments to take all effective and appropriate measures with a view to abolishing traditional practices prejudicial to the health of children.
- Article 37 The duty of the government to prohibit torture, or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
- Article 39 requires government to take measures to promote physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration of a child victim of neglect, exploitation or abuse, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, or armed conflict.
Viewing the issue of Unnecessary Male Circumcision through this filter it is clear that the practice is an imposed violation of a child’s physical integrity and as such could be categorised as child abuse.