The far right Sweden Democrats party submitted a draft motion calling for a ban on non-medical circumcision of boys, which the text defined as “backward child abuse”.
Sweden Democrats Secretary Richard Jomshof submitted the draft for a non-binding motion on circumcision to the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament, where his party is the third-largest with 18 percent of the seats.
Titled “Prohibition of non-medical circumcision,” the proposed text, on which a vote has not yet been scheduled, states that “The Riksdag stands behind what is stated in the motion to introduce a ban on non-medical circumcision of children and announces this to the government.”
In Jomhof’s reasoning for the draft motion, he wrote that the practice “is a regular abuse of the individual child as well as an infringement of the child’s integrity and self-determination.”
Throughout Scandinavia, the non-medical circumcision of boys under 18 is the subject of a debate on children’s rights and religious freedoms. The children’s ombudsmen of all Nordic countries — Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway — released a joint declaration in 2013 proposing a ban, though none of these countries has enacted one.
The far-right Sweden Democrats party dramatically increased their share of the vote in the general elections last month, clinching about 18% compared to 12.9% in the previous election.