Lars Stephan is a German politician and intactivist who spoke at the WWDOGA 2019 in Cologne, Germany.
Lars Stephan is Deputy Chairman of the Humanists Party NRW. He criticizes policymakers for their inconsistent interpretation of human rights.
|“||The fundamental right to physical integrity must apply regardless of gender, for each child. We therefore demand that the exemption, which still applies to male newborns, be removed from the Civil Code.|
– Lars Stephan
In 2019 he spoke at the WWDOGA 2019 in Cologne.
In 2020 he spoke in a video message on WWDOGA:
|“||Hello and have a nice day on this unusual path. My name is Lars Stephan and I am the deputy state chairman of the Party of Humanists in North Rhine-Westphalia.
I have to admid, I had a hard time writing a post this year. The topic of this year's Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy is, as you know, the history and stories of education about genital self-determination. So I thought I would first like to talk about the stories, about the suffering of those affected. So I did some research. Like the usual way I searched for articles about circumcision victims. I searched for numbers of how many children are circumcised. How many people suffer from the consequences? How doe they deal with that?
Of course, the stories of the victims should have an emotional impact. The numbers should shock ... I sorted out many stories. I had heard them all before. I thought about putting the numbers in a context to make them look big ...
And then I asked myself:
Anyone who suffers from the effects of circumcision does so for the first time. It probably doesn't help him to know how many suffered the same thing before him! If there are no medical reasons, it doesn't matter why a child has been circumcised. If the fundamental right to physical integrity has been violated, then we have to talk about it. It doesn't matter what gender a child is. It doesn't matter which religion the parents belong to. It doesn't matter where a child comes from or what was the motive for a person to intervene in this right.
We need to continue educating about the suffering that circumcision causes. We cannot compromise on fundamental rights. For this reason we support WWDOGA. We demand the deletion of § 1631d from the Civil Code and consistent compliance with the basic right to physical integrity also for children.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child requires the state to take all appropriate legislative, social and educational measures to protect the "child against any form of physical or mental violence, harm or ill treatment" [Art. 19.1 Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN)].
– Lars Stephan (WWDOGA 2020)