Call to end circumcision of baby boys
Posted Sat Dec 8, 2007 9:00am AEDT
Tasmania's Commissioner for Children has again called on the State Government to review laws covering the circumcision of baby boys for cosmetic reasons.
Paul Mason says the practice is painful, inflicts permanent and irreversible disfigurement, and is a breach of human rights.
He says parents do not have an unfettered right to do whatever they like with their children.
Mr Mason says with Human Rights Day approaching, it is important to remember that everyone is entitled to equal protection under the law, regardless of their gender, culture or race.
"If I have a religious obligation, a religious belief that my child should do X, Y and Z and that conflicts directly with a human right of the child, then the human right of the child will prevail," Mr Mason said.