J Med Ethics doi:10.1136/medethics-2013-101626
  • Current controversy

Forced circumcision of men (abridged)

  1. Michael Glass
  1. Correspondence to Michael Glass, 35 Goodlet Street, Ashbury, NSW 2193, Australia;{at}
  • Received 10 June 2013
  • Accepted 11 July 2013
  • Published Online First 6 September 2013


The forced circumcision of men is a widespread human rights abuse that often accompanies other human rights violations. It occurs in clashes between circumcising and non-circumcising cultures, or when individuals in circumcising cultures reject circumcision. This article documents the forced circumcision of men against their will, shows how evidence of forced circumcision has been downplayed and discounted, and outlines and discusses some measures that could help to reduce its prevalence.

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