Abortion and the Laws of War: Subverting Humanitarianism by Executive Edict
From the kidnapping of schoolgirls to the mass shooting of unarmed civilians, violations of humanitarian principles have become the subject of daily news stories. One of the core standards of humanitarian law—the prohibition against rape—faces attack from two fronts: the militant groups that systematically flout it, and the activists seeking to subvert it to invent a right to abortion. In a new law review article, Dr. Susan Yoshihara traces this recent strategy to enshrine abortion in humanitarian law, reveals the lack of legal substance behind it, and issues an important call for politicians and policymakers to continue to reject this flawed reasoning, even as pressure continues to build.
Six Problems with WHO’s new policy recommendation: “Brief sexuality-related communication: Recommendations for a public health approach”
In May of 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a policy guidance urging healthcare workers at all levels receive training and engage in impromptu counseling on matters relating to sexuality with both adult and adolescent patients. Its approach raises many concerns for the children it targets, for their families, and for healthcare providers.
Positive Peer Pressure or Bullying?
How wealthy developed countries use the Universal Periodic Review to pressure the global south to accept sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Needs” Without Wants
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to reassess the “indicators” or benchmarks for reaching the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and make changes where appropriate. One outgoing indicator—“unmet need” for family planning—was controversial when it was first adopted and has gotten even more controversial in the hands of activists.
Universal Periodic Review: Regional Pressure to Expand Abortion
The Universal Periodic Review is supposed to be a platform where countries can hold each other accountable to their obligations to respect human rights as laid out in the international treaties they have ratified. However, some countries are using it as a way to pressure countries into changing their laws on abortion.
Protecting Life and Family in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
This C-Fam publication explains why validating “various forms of the family” is a bad idea and why the family as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the best vehicle to protect the human rights of children.
The Unfinished Business of MDG5 and the SDGs
Every year mothers lose their lives because resources that could improve maternal health are spent elsewhere.
The Unfinished Business of MDG 5 on Maternal Health and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
At this pivotal time, as countries decide the future of the world’s development priorities and how billions of dollars will be spent, the fate of mothers lies in their hands.
Human Rights in the Arab World: Some Arguments in Favor of a Regional Framework
Amid the recent uprisings in many Middle Eastern countries, and given the unique history of the region, experts are questioning how to ensure human rights are protected in the Arab world. Edmund Burke Fellow Marc Sabbagh argues in favor of a regional human rights framework centered around the Arab states.