The German government says Jewish and Muslim communities should be able to continue the practice of circumcision, after a regional court ruled it amounted to bodily harm.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said it was a case of protecting religious freedom.
Steffen Seibert said: “Circumcision carried out in a responsible manner must be possible without punishment.”
Non-therapeutic circumcision carried out in a responsible manner requires the consent of the circumcised. The Merkel government is wrong. It is endorsing the violation of a child’s rights to physical integrity and to self-determination.