Saturday, November 19, 2016

Obscure UN Mechanism Increasingly Pressure States on LGBT Issues

by Austin Ruse, President, C-FAM : My colleague Rebecca Oas, Ph.D. is simply amazing. She is our assistant director of research and has made the Universal Period Review her own. She tracks in great detail the pressure brought to bear on smaller states by the progressives bullies of Europe. We urge member states to stand up the bullying. You do not have to take it.

The International Law Commission is a powerful body that is rewriting the meaning of customary international law in order to make it easier to pressure smaller states to knuckle under to the sexually progressive agenda. Stefano Gennarini, J.D. reports on their most recent shenanigans. Member states are called upon to stand up to them, too.
International Law Commission Ignores Criticism, Proposes Progressive Rules By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.: New rules from the world’s highest international law body will likely lead to an onslaught of litigation and judicial decisions on the basis of new and non-negotiated customary international law.

The International Law Commission, second only to the International Court of Justice in its authority on international law, added a commentary to the guidelines for the identification of customary international law which it first published last year.

The guidelines, presented again to the General Assembly this year, remain virtually unmodified and again invited scrutiny from member states. The United States in particular urged caution in asserting new international norms that may emerge from the behavior of states without any formal negotiations.

The rules “appear to go beyond the current state of international law” U.S. Department of State Legal Adviser, Brian J. Egan, told the International Law Commission during a meeting of the General Assembly when the guidelines were discussed last month. . . .

The new guidelines lower the bar for the identification of new norms and stretch the limits of what evidence of practice and opinio juris can be considered when making claims that new customary norms exist. . . . the American delegate criticized the notion that the practice of international organizations “may serve as directly relevant practice, or play the same role as State practice” as evidence of customary international law.

Other delegations questioned whether the interactions of states with international organizations should be used as evidence of customary international law in the first place.

From January 2017 through the end of the year UN member states will have the opportunity to submit comprehensive comments on the guidelines and commentary. . . . Read More
At Turtle Bay and Beyond, Marianna Orlandi, Ph.D. tells us about how transexuals (men who think they are women) are organizing to promote and protect “women’s rights.” Ugh. I will point out that Second Wave Feminists do not much care for men who parade around as women. Transsexuals’ organizations to defend women’s rights: the “Montevideo Strategy” for gender equality.Last month, at the 13th Regional Conference on Women, 38 Latin American and Caribbean states adopted the “Montevideo Strategy”, a document designed to “Achieve Gender Equality in the Region by 2030”.

The Strategy advocates for absolute sexual and reproductive autonomy of both women and girls. It calls for ensuring “safe, good-quality abortion services,” (“in those cases where abortion is legal or decriminalized under the relevant national legislation”); for providing comprehensive sexuality education to the whole region, and it emphasizes the importance of defending, and advancing “LGBT rights”. . . . .

The document repeatedly, interchangeably refers to women and transsexuals; to feminists’ and to LGBT’s organizations; it also equates discrimination of women to a non-better-defined “transphobia”. It literally proclaims: “The past few years have seen a resurgence in discriminatory and violent patriarchal practices, discourses and cultural patterns based in the culture of privilege that restrict the full exercise of sexual and reproductive rights, and the recognition of different types of family, sexual diversity and gender identity.” And it continues: “The discrimination and violence that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) persons face by reason of their sexual orientation and gender identity are evident in the obstacles they encounter in access to health care, good-quality employment, legal forms of union and family composition, and identity registration.”

References to LGBT discrimination in a strategy on women’s rights suggests that the drafters of the document – i.e. the Secretariat of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) – adopted an interpretation of “gender” – and of gender equality – inconsistent with the internationally agreed one. For the Strategy, “gender” does not encompass the two sexes (as it should, in light of the internationally binding Rome Statute’s definition of the term). Gender is here a “social construct”; all it takes to “be” a woman, and to enjoy women’s rights, is to “feel” as one. . . .

“Maria Cristina Perceval, the regional Director of UNICEF, gave the most aggressive pro-teenage-abortion speech I ever heard in my entire life”, an observer reported.

UNICEF’s progressive involvement in abortion matters, however, is not surprising. Last month, UNFPA released a report on the importance of providing access to “sexual and reproductive health-care services” to young, very young girls: “at the latest” – when they are ten. . . . Read More
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Deborah Hazelip said...