Council of Europe Debate Genital Cutting Of Boys Jan '14





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Published on Jan 28, 2014

In October 2013 PACE, the foremost human rights body in Europe, adopted a resolution on the bodily integrity of children that rightfully discussed the genital cutting ("circumcision") of young boys a violation of their human rights. After heavy criticism -- including accusations of racism and Anti-Semitism -- and political pressure from religious groups seeking to promote the genital cutting of boys, PACE held this historic debate on January 28, 2014. The full program from the event is copied below:

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Debate on circumcision of young boys from January 28, 2014. Full program below:

Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Revised draft programme

Children's right to physical integrity
Hearing of experts on the circumcision of young boys
following the adoption of Resolution 1952 (2013) and
Recommendation 2023 (2013) in October 2013

Tuesday 28 January 2014, from 2 pm to 3.30 pm
Room 1, Palais de l'Europe

2 pm Opening of the meeting by the Chairperson of the Committee

2.05 pm Statement by the former Rapporteur, Ms Marlene Rupprecht, Germany, SOC

2.10 pm Exchange of views with the participation of:

 Professeur Bernard Lobel, Urologist, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Former
Head of Department at the University Hospital Centre of Rennes, Member of the
French Academy of Surgeons, France
 Assistant Professor Mesrur Selçuk Silay, Paediatric Urologist, Bezmialem Vakif
University, Faculty of Medicine, Division of Paediatric Urology, Istanbul, Turkey
 Dr Wolfram Hartmann, Paediatrician and President of the Professional Federation of
Paediatricians and Youth Doctors, Germany
 Mr Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., Researcher and Director of the Circumcision Resource
Center, Boston, USA

2.40 pm Discussion with the members and other participants

3.30 pm End of the meeting

Information on the side-event related to this meeting:

Two documentary films will be presented in Room 1 as of 1 pm:

- The documentary film "It's a boy", presented by its producer Mr Victor Schonfeld, London, United
- A documentary film produced by the Israeli parliament Knesset, presented by Dr Nachman Shai,
Chairperson of the delegation of Israel, observer to the Assembly


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