Wednesday, 7 October 2009

UN council backs Russian resolution promoting traditional values

Pat Buckley, who lobbies for SPUC at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, has sent me a report on a new, positive, development. He tells me:
"In a rare break from its long term strategy of attempting to dictate newly-conceived so called 'rights' to everyone - such as the manufactured 'right to abortion' - the UN Human Rights Council has approved a resolution tabled by the Russian Federation, entitled 'Promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms through a better understanding of traditional values of humankind'.

"The resolution which cites the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, calls for the holding of a workshop to be held in 2010 for an exchange of views on how a better understanding of traditional values of humankind underpinning international human rights norms and standards can contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms".
Whilst the proposers of the resolution include some strange bedfellows, its approval presents an important opportunity. "As a result of the successful resolution, a workshop on traditional values will now be held in September 2010. Submissions can be made by well-disposed governments and non-governmental organizations promoting fundamental human rights on the basis of natural law", Pat Buckley says.

Needless to say this resolution was strenuously opposed by the countries that are trying to impose their own values on mankind. The European Union, which persistently seeks to promote abortion in international forums, attempted to undermine the resolution. When this attempt failed, the EU declined to enter consensus and the resolution was put to a vote. The resolution was carried by 26 votes to 15 with 6 abstentions. (Just 47 nations out of 193 sovereign nations have a vote at the Human Rights Council.)

"It was no surprise to find the US opposing the resolution, which has renewed under Barack Obama the pro-abortion policies pursued under Bill Clinton", Pat reports.You can read the resolution text in all UN languages.

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