Sweden's Ombudsman for Children has called for the country to ban circumcision, a practice he said contravened the basic rights of boys, AFP said.
"Circumcising a child without medical justification nor his consent contravenes this child's human rights,'' wrote Fredrik Malmberg in a text co-signed with health professionals and published in the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. "The operation is painful, irreversible and can lead to dangerous complications".
Today's law allows a religious authority to perform the operation if the child is under two months old.
Some 3,000 boys are circumcised every year in Sweden, according to government figures.
The AFP news agency also added that studies have shown there is compelling evidence that male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually-acquired HIV infection in men by approximately 60 per cent.
Last Updated (Monday, 30 September 2013 01:45)