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The Anti-Slavery Society expressed the opinion that it is difficult to see why mutilation or branding of a person should be prohibited only if this is perpetrated in order to indicate his or her servile status. In its view mutilation inflicted upon a person in servile status as punishment is not less objectionable, and should be equally prohibited. With regard to Article 3 of the British Draft Convention, before States started to deliberate on its provisions, non-governmental organisations were asked for comments, to which Mr. Greenidge, of the Anti-Slavery Society noted that it was "too restrictive, since the form of mutilation it mentioned was not the only one in existence; castration and punitive mutilation were also practised and should be prohibited". As originally conceived in the 1954 British Draft Convention, the provisions on mutilation sought to criminalise the mutilation, branding, or marking of individual solely for indicating their servile status.

Keywords: 1954 British Draft Convention; Anti-Slavery Society; mutilation



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