3 Koreans Win Human Rights Award for Fighting Unnecessary Circumcision

Korea Times (Seoul, Korea), November 18, 2000 | Go to article overview

3 Koreans Win Human Rights Award for Fighting Unnecessary Circumcision


Three South Korean researchers have been chosen as winners of a human rights award by an international medical organization, for their efforts to prevent unnecessary circumcision operations among Koreans.

The California-based National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) recently announced that it will present the Korean researchers with the Human Rights Award.

The recipients are Kim Sae-chul, professor of urology at Chungang University School of Medicine; Kim Dai-sik, professor of physics at Seoul National University; and Pang Myung-geol, chief executive officer of the bio-venture GenDix.

``The three Korean researchers came to the attention of the NOCIRC with their website www.pop119.com, an article published in the British Journal of Urology and through their efforts to inform the people of South Korea that circumcision is not necessary for most people,'' the NOCIRC said in a statement.

The NOCIRC continued that they strengthened the already widely-held notion that circumcision is a rite of passage perpetuated by ignorance, disguised as a medical practice.

Dedicated to making a safer world, NOCIRC is a non-profit educational organization committed to securing the right of male and female children and babies to keep their sexual organs intact. It has over 100 centers worldwide.

The awarding ceremony is scheduled to be held during an international symposium on sexual integrity set for Dec. 7-9 in Sydney, Australia.

The researchers discovered that 99 out of every 100 circumcision cases in the country were not required at all. They said more than 85 percent of Korean men in their 20s were circumcised, while over 95 percent of high school boys suffered from the practice. …

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