A group of Greek men has called for naked male models in Greece to be prohibited.
They have also called for the government to take a stand against male genital mutilation.
The men’s association called on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to ban the practice of male genital cutting in his country.
Greek media reported on Friday that a petition calling for the ban was signed by over 70,000 people.
“Male genital mutilations, which are illegal in Greece, have become a major source of public health concern and have caused an increase in cases of meningitis, hepatitis, cervical cancer, and other diseases,” the petition said.
The petition, signed by around 100,000 men, has so far gathered over 15,000 signatures.
“Male circumcision is the most frequent form of genital cutting, and we call on the Greek government to ban it in its entirety, as it has the power to do so,” the men’s union wrote.
“We also urge the authorities to take action to prohibit the use of male circumcision for religious, medical, and surgical reasons, and to prohibit male genital modification for health reasons.”
Greek Prime Minister Tsiprescu told Al Jazeera he had not yet received the petition and would “take all necessary measures”.
He added that the government had already taken the necessary steps to ensure that men who undergo male circumcision were not affected by the mutilation, and that he had ordered a study on the matter.
The country has one of the highest rates of circumcision in the European Union.
The procedure is performed in Greece on male circumcision victims aged under 15.
The practice of circumcision is often carried out for cultural reasons, but it has also been used to achieve male beauty and masculinity.
The World Health Organization has stated that male circumcision is a “major source of morbidity and mortality” in Africa.
In 2009, the United Nations estimated that around 4,000,000 newborn boys were circumcised in the developing world each year, with many dying as a result.
The European Union is a member of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
The International Labour Organisation has estimated that more than 1.2 million men in the EU were circumcised during the 1990s.
According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, about 10 per cent of all newborn babies in the UK are circumcised.
The Greek government has made no public statement on the petition, but its spokesman said the government was “fully committed to protecting the health of the population”.
“We take the health and welfare of all our citizens very seriously,” he said.
“We have taken measures to prevent unnecessary and unnecessary harm to women and men, including introducing legislation to prevent the practice.”
Our aim is to prevent harm to the health system and prevent the unnecessary killing of the male population.