Human Rights and Intl Law Archives - C-Fam

Court Rules Northern Ireland’s Abortion Restrictions Violate Human Rights Law

A high court judgment in Belfast last week ruled that Northern Ireland’s abortion restrictions are a violation of human rights commitments, further increasing the pressure on the territory, which is part of the U.K., to remove its legal protections for the unborn.

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Nairobi Summit May Claim Abortion as a Humanitarian Right

Nations may pledge to fund abortion in crisis and “fragile” situations at an upcoming UN population conference in Nairobi. This means introducing abortion precisely in those situations where it could most likely endanger women’s health.

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How President Trump’s Pro-Life Statement at the UN Came About

This week at the opening of the 74thUnited Nations General Assembly, President Donald Trump delivered what may be the most pro-life statement any president has ever delivered to the world body.

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Proposed Law Would Ban Foreign Critics of LGBT

A bill recently passed out of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee would allow the federal government to block U.S. visas for foreign individuals who criticize or otherwise work against the LGBT movement.

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New UN Ambassador’s Challenges Executing Trump Pro-life Foreign Policy

The U.S. Senate confirmed their top diplomat at the United Nations last week, Kelly Knight Craft. She now faces several major challenges if she is to succeed in executing President Trump’s international pro-life agenda.

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U.S. Uses UN Mechanism to Pressure Countries on Homosexuality

The U.S. State Department is using a little-known UN mechanism to pressure governments to change their laws on sexual practices related to “sexual orientation and gender identity.” 

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Sexual Left Organizes Against Pro-Life Nominee to the UN

Rarely if ever has a nominee for federal office answered the abortion question as clearly, succinctly, and even bravely as Andrew Bremberg did last month before the Senator Foreign Relations Committee.

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UN Women to Replace “Women” with “Gender”

The UN agency for women announced last week it is no longer focused on women’s rights but rather “equality of all genders,” including LGBTIQ+.

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France Ignores UN Disability Committee, Euthanizes Paralyzed Man

Starting more than a week ago, and culminating on Wednesday with his death, French doctors decided deliberately to kill Vincent Lambert.

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UN May Open the Door to a Gender Extravaganza

The International Law Commission has agreed to abandon the traditional definition of gender enshrined in the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in a draft treaty on crimes against humanity.

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UN Women Calls Families “Dark” Place for Women

Are divorce, cohabitation, same sex marriage, out of wedlock birth and adolescent sex good for women? The latest report from UN Women considers them “a positive reflection of women’s empowerment.”

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Terrorism Court Case May have Impact on Social Issues

Two years ago, the United Arab Emirates broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar and gave Qatari nationals fourteen days to leave the country.

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UN Human Rights Experts Lobby for Change in U.S. Abortion Laws

Several U.S. states are passing laws that strongly restrict abortion, aimed at challenging the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.  In Geneva, the human rights bodies of the UN are watching closely, and some experts claim that beyond being unconstitutional, these abortion bans violate international human rights standards.

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Frustrated Feminists, Catholic Dissidents Call for Demotion of Holy See at UN

Dissident Catholics and their allies are calling once again for the Holy See’s status as a UN observer state to be revoked.

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Secretary General Calls for UN to Curtail Free Speech

In a speech to the UN Human Rights Council last month, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that the UN system is going after what he calls “hate speech.”

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There is Much More to International Pro-Life than Mexico City Policy

Early this month, the Democrat controlled House of Representatives passed a spending bill that included the resumed funding of abortion groups overseas.

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UN Human Rights Committees Increase Pressure on Abortion/Homosexuality

For decades, the expert bodies monitoring compliance with UN human rights treaties have been increasingly bold in promoting abortion along with sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). While this exceeds their mandates and falls outside the agreed text of the treaties they monitor, their activities have gone largely unchecked, and this trend has only continued in the past year.

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Five Best Moments of the Year 2018 for Life and Family at the UN

There have many important moments in 2018 for the pro-life cause internationally, maybe even epochal shifts. Only history can tell.

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Editorial: What We Expect from the Next U.S. Ambassador to the UN

International life and family issues are parts of the foreign policy discussion. The UN, EU, the U.S., and governments around the world debate these issues every day. Such policies are implemented every day all around the world.

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U.S. Diplomats Push Homosexual Issues on Developing World

There are no obligations in international law on the question of “sexual orientation and gender identity” (SOGI), a catch-all phrase used to denote homo-and-trans-sexuality.

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Countries Debate Soft Law in Death Penalty

A dramatic debate on national sovereignty erupted in the General Assembly on Tuesday over a proposed resolution on the global abolition of the death penalty.

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UN Committee Says, “Right to Life” Means “Right to Abortion”

The “right-to-life” clause in an important UN human rights treaty must now include a right to abortion.

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UN Committee Says Nations May Not Exclude Abortion from “Reproductive Health”

A UN committee denounced Malta’s laws protecting children from abortion as a violation of the human right to sexual and reproductive health.

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UN Experts Say Pro-Lifers are Dangerous

UN experts said abortion-on-demand is “at the very core of every women and girl’s fundamental right to equality, privacy and physical and mental integrity and is a precondition for the enjoyment of other rights and freedoms,” in a lengthy statement released on what abortion groups call “Safe Abortion Day.”

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UN Committee on Disabilities Supports Abortion on Disabled Children

Last week, two UN committees monitoring compliance with human rights treaties issued a joint statement declaring that access to “safe and legal abortion” is not only essential to women’s health, but also a “prerequisite for safeguarding women’s human rights” more generally.

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