The Ashley Montagu Campaign Against the Torture and Mutilation of Children

The Ashley Montagu Resolution and Petition

Ashley Montagu, Ph.D. (Left) and James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (Right)
Ashley Montagu, Ph.D. and James W. Prescott, Ph.D.

... circumcision, an archaic ritual mutilation that has no justification whatever and no place in a civilized society.

Ashley Montagu (1905-1999), Anthropologist
Mutilated Humanity, 1991

The greatest crime against humanity is the torture and mutilation of children. Child abuse and neglect, particularly in its extreme forms, represents a form of torture and mutilation. Not commonly recognized as child abuse and neglect and a form of torture and mutilation is the ritual mutilation of genitals of children (male and female). One reason for the non-recognition of these crimes of genital mutilation and torture is their common occurrence and their support by religious and social traditions of various kinds. Another reason is the denial and/or indifference to the pain that is being inflicted upon these children.
James Prescott, Ph.D.
Developmental Neuropsychologist, Cross-Cultural Psychologist

The Ashley Montagu Resolution to End the Genital Mutilation of Children Worldwide:
A Petition to the World Court, the Hague

The Universal Declaration on Circumcision, Excision, and Incision (1989)

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  1. Pre-Montagu Resolution supporters of the human right to bodily integrity
    including George Wald, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine, 1967

  2. Original Endorsers of the Montagu Resolution
    including Francis Crick, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine, 1962

  3. Website Endorsers of the Montagu Resolution (Search the list of website endorsers!)
    including Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1976

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the Universal Declaration on Circumcision, Excision, and Incision.

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