Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, refuses to explain why the police are not prosecuting practitioners of MGM

Today we finally received a response from the Home Office in connection with our FOI requests on MGM, sent to Theresa May MP, Home Secretary. MGM is unquestionably illegal, as we know from a talk given by a prominent barrister in 2013. Nobody in the government, or the Crown Prosecution Service, for that matter, has denied that fact when we’ve presented it to them in FOI requests and otherwise.

The Home Office letter was dated 16 October, and for reasons that needn’t detain us, it took a couple of weeks to arrive at our global headquarters. Our FOI requests were:

Given that MGM demonstrably results in bodily harm, and often mental harm, on what grounds are the police declining to press charges against those carrying out the procedures?

Regardless of those grounds, will the government commit publicly to introducing legislation in this parliamentary term (i.e. before May 2020) to make non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors illegal?

With the benefit of hindsight, we should have made the deadline for introducing legislation much earlier.

I’ll focus on the response to the first FOI request in this blog post, bear in mind whilst reading it, that the Home Office has responsibility for the police service:

Your letter was transferred to the Ministry of Justice for a response to your questions and the letter as a whole, as the Ministry of Justice holds policy responsibility for legislation on offences against the person. Our records indicate you were sent a letter from our Departmental Correspondence Unit advising you of this. [I haven’t received this purported letter.]

This is a cynical response, to say the least. I asked why the police aren’t pressing charges against those carrying out MGM. My question had absolutely nothing to do with ‘policy responsibility for legislation on offences against the person’, so it was utterly pointless to pass the matter on to the Ministry of Justice. The bottom line? Theresa May is refusing to engage with a perfectly legitimate FOI request.

It hardly needs to be said, I’m sure, but I haven’t heard from the Ministry of Justice.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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8 Responses to Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, refuses to explain why the police are not prosecuting practitioners of MGM

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  2. l8in says:

    Reblogged this on L8in.

  3. nrjnigel says:

    From experience these are classic ploys to avoid a difficult question. It may be easier to ask how many cases the police and CPs prosecuted? Under what legislation? The point being that the only ones I’m aware of have been following botched religious/cultural acts. The follow up is of course the contrast between this and the known number s of Circumcisions. Of course there is the question of how these are licensed too.

  4. alanbowker says:

    The FOI request and response would make a good hand out leaflet for your next demo.

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