In the coverage of Iceland’s proposed ban of male circumcision of minors, I’ve come across comments saying that it’d be the first European country to do so, suggesting that non-European countries do so. I had a look at Wikipedia’s article on male circumcision and the law and apart from possibly some jurisdictions in South Africa (I found the wording confusing), possibly the USSR, and possibly Nazi Germany, I couldn’t find any examples of male circumcision being banned.

Male circumcision occurs outside of Europe - not only do many Muslims do it, but it’s done by South Koreans.

Are there any countries that currently ban male circumcision of minors?

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    Unless is explicitly allowed it may fall under existing child abuse laws. – liftarn Feb 21 '18 at 8:13
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    Please try to keep comments either 1) relevant or 2) amusing – Andrew Grimm Feb 21 '18 at 21:30
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    It should be noted that the only cases of penile cancer have been found in uncircumcised men. The only treatment is amputation. And that... is that. – tj1000 Mar 4 '18 at 1:07
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    @tj1000: Both statements are incorrect. Men circumcised in their youth (not as adults) are less likely to get cancer, but are by no means immune (source). And there are other treatments, too (source). – chirlu Mar 8 '18 at 12:49

A number of countries are coming close, but I found no evidence any country is totally there. Example:


According to the current information on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumcision_and_law , Australia, Iceland, Norway and Sweden seem to be coming close to such legislation.

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  • Links can die. Could you maybe summarize the countries that are coming close? – Trilarion Mar 7 '18 at 11:22
  • added examples. – Douglas Held Mar 8 '18 at 12:33

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