By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
NEW YORK, May 26 (C-Fam) The first report issued by Vitit Muntarbhorn, the new UN independent expert on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues goes well beyond his new office’s mandate of merely preventing violence. The new report in fact targets children, promotes homosexual marriage, denigrates traditional culture and religion and endorses interference into the internal affairs of sovereign states. The report does so by falsifying UN agreements and thus undermines the international law he purports to defend.
The report says it is necessary to “start young” with children because violence and discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is “personal/personalized, family-based, community-influenced and systemic.”
The report cites a “litany of abuses covering all parts of the globe” and that victims are “revictimized an infinite number of times.” Like previous reports from the UN human rights office, however, it does not cite verifiable statistical data. Instead it rests on secret complaints against certain states.
The report says, “Due respect for sexual orientation and gender identity” is entrenched in “an array” of human rights instruments, and that LGBT rights are evidenced by the “wide range of international human rights treaties that are in force, international human rights bodies and procedures.”
In fact, no UN human rights treaty includes special exceptions for homosexual conduct or transgender change. Ironically, the report cites the Arab Charter of Human Rights as supportive of LGBT rights, even though homosexual acts remain criminal in all Arab states.
Stefano Gennarini, J.D. writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute (https://c-fam.org/). This article appears with permission.”Read entire article
By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.
NEW YORK, May 26 (C-Fam) Former Ethiopian health minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected Tuesday to a five-year term as head of the World Health Organization (WHO). African attendees at the World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva celebrated in the streets, while abortion advocates announced their satisfaction and support on social media.
Julia Bunting, head of the Population Council, called the new Director-General “champion of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health,” phrases used to refer to abortion, as well as homosexuality as a component of “sexual rights.” Dr. Tedros is known as an abortion advocate, credited by abortion advocates with liberalizing Ethiopia’s abortion laws. Earlier this year, he attended the Dutch “She Decides” conference, organized in opposition to President Trump’s expanded Mexico City Policy blocking U.S. funds to international abortion groups.
Dr. Tedros was elected after three rounds of voting, defeating Dr. Sania Nishtar of Pakistan and Dr. David Nabarro of the United Kingdom. Despite his well-publicized position on “sexual and reproductive health,” Dr. Tedros enjoyed the full support of the African countries, many of which have strong pro-life laws and oppose “sexual rights.” Many delegates from Africa expressed the opinion that it was their region’s turn to lead WHO, which has never had an African Director-General. He also had supporters outside Africa, and engaged the services of a U.S.-based public relations firm to help in his campaign. Neither Nabarro nor Nishtar hired a PR company.
While it remains to be seen how Dr. Tedros uses his leadership position, abortion-promoting groups telegraphed support before and after his election. Women Deliver president emerita Jill Sheffield wrote a letter to the Lancet citing his abortion position as evidence of his support for gender equality. Shannon Kowalski, former director of the Global Health Financing Initiative of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and current foreign policy advocate for the International Women’s Health Coalition, published an editorial on Devex immediately after the election result was announced. Her first request for Dr. Tedros’ priorities for women and girls: “support countries to expand access to safe, legal abortion.”
Rebecca Oas, Ph.D. writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute (https://c-fam.org/). This article appears with permission.”
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