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A total ban on circumcision moves a step closer in the European Union.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, also known as PACE, adopted a resolution in which we could see circumcision banned in the European Union.
This move has alarmed Turkey, a country with nearly 4 million people living in Europe.
The plan to ban circumcision in Europe has upset many Jews and Muslims, who consider the practice as a fundamental part of their religion.
Turkey, a Muslim country, showed their anger at the decision. Jews across the world have also expressed their shock and anger.
After PACE accepted the proposed plan made by a member of the German Parliament, Marlene Rupprecht, Turkey did not hesitate to criticize the decision.
The Turkish Ambassador to PACE, Nursuna Memecan, described the move as "irresponsible, dangerous and provocative.”
The resolution was passed with 77 votes for and 19 votes against.
The report also states that those who "force" their children to be circumcised before the age of 14 without their consent should be prosecuted.
It also states that circumcision should be done by professional surgeons, who are qualified, and proposes the crackdown on unqualified doctors.