News
Iceland Wants To Ban Circumcision Of Young Boys

Iceland Wants To Ban Circumcision Of Young Boys

Valur Grettisson
Words by

Published January 31, 2018

MPs from five different political parties want Iceland to ban the circumcision of young boys in the country, RÚV reports. The spokesperson for the bill is Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir, a member of the Progressive Party, which is in the government coalition in Iceland. Among other individuals presenting the bill are members of the Pirate party, the Left-Greens, which leads the coalition, and the People’s Party.  

Circumcising women has been illegal in Iceland since 2005, but until now there have been no laws in regard to the circumcision of boys. This is possibly because circumsicion is not a tradition in Iceland, a country where the Muslim and the Jewish communities in Iceland are very small.

Some countries have restrictions when it comes to circumcising boys, but even in those countries the legal framework can often be very unclear.

Perfecting the law

The bill in question states that the Nordic Ombudsman For Children considers it important to ban parents from circumcising boys altogether first and foremost to protect the child’s health. 

In the Icelandic bill, the only exception for circumcising a boy would be precisely to protect a child’s health. In all other circumstances, however, the practice is a clear violation of human rights against children who are too young to have a say in this. When it comes to religious reasons, then, the practice would be strictly banned and punished with up to six years of prison for personal assault.



News
Island Life: Eastern Heatwave, Ambulance Teddy Bears, Police Swoop On Tern Eggs

Island Life: Eastern Heatwave, Ambulance Teddy Bears, Police Swoop On Tern Eggs

by

The warmest, sunniest summers in Iceland take place in Egilsstaðir, and locals literally cannot shut up about it. East Iceland

News
Decent-To-Good Weather For Watching Nigeria v. Iceland Outdoors

Decent-To-Good Weather For Watching Nigeria v. Iceland Outdoors

by

The weather today will be pretty good in Iceland’s capital area, and downright Bahamian for the rest of the country,

News
Airbnb In Iceland: Growing Fast, Driving Up Costs, Mostly Not Registered Legally

Airbnb In Iceland: Growing Fast, Driving Up Costs, Mostly Not Registered Legally

by

Airbnb rentals have doubled in the past two years, pushed up property prices, and the majority of long-term listings are

News
Whalers In Iceland Forbidden From Being In Labour Union

Whalers In Iceland Forbidden From Being In Labour Union

by

Workers within the whaling company Hvalur hf. have been informed by the company that they may not be members of

News
Icelandic Police Reportedly Enjoying Themselves In Russia

Icelandic Police Reportedly Enjoying Themselves In Russia

by

Five Icelandic police officers are in Moscow for the World Cup, although not just to support their country’s team. RÚV

News
Icelandic Government To Meet Over US Border Policy

Icelandic Government To Meet Over US Border Policy

by

Iceland’s parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee will soon meet to discuss how to respond to US policy on the treatment of

Show Me More!