Prof. Michael D. Freeman, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Children’s Rights, Professor in English Law, Emeritus
One of the most controversial provisions in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is in Article 24 [ 3 ]. This targets traditional practices prejudicial to the health of children. It is directed specifically at FGM , but other practices may also come within its remit. Increasingly , attention is being given to the practice of male circumcision, and this has come under attack in a number of countries including Netherlands and Germany. My paper will argue that both practices harm , and both are concerned with identity. A balance must be struck. If this is done, male circumcision can be defended , and FGM condemned.