November 2015 – Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, refused to explain why the police are not prosecuting practitioners of MGM

[This post is being re-published at the request of a donor. It was originally published 3.11.15.]

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 [currently prime minister]. MGM is unquestionably illegal, as we know from a talk given by a prominent barrister in 2013. Nobody in the government, nor 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 head office. 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. [10 months on, we have yet to hear from the MoJ.]

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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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2 Responses to November 2015 – Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, refused to explain why the police are not prosecuting practitioners of MGM

  1. sanity2014 says:

    I suppose she instinctively knew that there is no explanation other than blatant anti-men discrimination. At least she is smart enough for that.

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