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NEW YORK, July 10 (C-Fam) A monumental development for the profamily movement came last week in Geneva when

the Human Rights
Council approved a resolution calling for countries to take concrete steps to
protect the family, described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society.”
This is the second such resolution at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in
two years, following two decades in which the family has been treated as
highly controversial at the UN. In 2014, the HRCpassed a resolution on the
protection of the family by a vote of 26 in favor, 14 against, 6 abstentions,
and one member absent. This year’s resolution enjoyed an increased
majority: 29 in favor, 14 against, and 4 abstentions.
The resolution urges countries to adopt family-friendly laws and policies,
while recognizing that the family unit faces “increasing vulnerabilities,” and
calls upon international organizations to give “due consideration” to the
family in the establishment of the post-2015 global development agenda.
The resolution notes that the family is “the natural environment for the
growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children,” and that
while the State is responsible for protecting the human rights of all, “the
family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of
Both recent resolutions received strong opposition from states and
organizations with a pro-“sexual rights” position on the basis that they might
be used to “advance highly contentious family values and family-oriented
policies,” according to a statement by the group Sexual Rights Initiative
(SRI), which exists to promote the extremely contentious notion of “sexual
rights” within international institutions.
The most contentious aspect of the resolution involved the definition of the
family, which is not explicitly outlined. The 2014 resolution was described
by the European Parliament’s LGBT intergroup as “non-inclusive,” as “the
reference to a singular ‘family’ could be used as precedent to oppose rights
for same-sex couples, single parents, and other forms of families.” During
last week’s debate, South Africa proposed a narrowly rejected amendment
calling for a text acknowledging that in different contexts, “various forms of
the family exist.”

Montenegro. South Korea. Botswana. Share on Facebook 2108 Share on Twitter The U. Germany. In the same week the U. Kenya. As the Vice-President of the LGBT Intergroup said last year: “It should not be up to an accidental majority of states to define what does and what does not constitute a family.S. The U.N. South Africa. Ireland. Czech Republic. who represents the U.” “The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles — that everyone is equal in dignity and rights. The U. China. Philippines.. Austria. on a trajectory to address the discrimination and violence LGBT persons suffer daily across the world. Human Rights Council before the final vote rejected seven proposed amendments put forth by Egypt. founder of the B-Change Foundation. Macedonia..” The resolution also pays particular attention to families with disabled members. Brazil. along with Argentina. Russia. Pakistan. Morocco. Algeria. Kazakhstan. and said it imposed no specific definition and left the matter of defining the family to the discretion of member states. which voted against the resolution in the HRC.N.” That declaration cuts both ways. Burkina Faso. The text acknowledges the diversity of households by noting “singleheaded households. India. the U. The body approved the resolution by a 25-14 vote margin after more than an hour of debate. Chile. France. the U. South Sudan and other countries that sought to strip LGBT-specific language from the proposal “We are pleased to see that today the international community is visibly and publicly upholding the rights of LGBT individuals.S. Cote d’Ivoire. Indonesia. child-headed households and intergenerational households are particularly vulnerable to poverty and social exclusion. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.N. Cuba. Estonia. Maldives. Congo. on the U. bisexual.N. Ethiopia. calling upon states to ensure they receive adequate support. and thereby we demonstrate ourselves as a global community respecting the rights of all. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates opposed it. Venezuela and Vietnam voted for the proposal. Peru. Kuwait.” said Ambassador Keith Harper. told the Washington Blade in an e-mail from New York that he hopes the resolution will spur his country’s lawmakers to pass a national anti-discrimination bill. transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons” and “self-created and selfdefined families” among its various iterations.” Laurindo Garcia. expressed disappointment that it “failed to recognize the diversity of families” – not content to allow fellow countries the opportunity to define the family in accordance with their own values.S.” said Jessica Stern. Pakistan’s representative to the U. Costa Rica.Egypt introduced the resolution. Human Rights Council..S. Human Rights Council described the resolution as a “divisive and controversial initiative. a Filipino LGBT advocacy group. Namibia and Sierra Leone abstained. Italy. Gabon. Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination.N. . “This resolution puts the U. Japan. The phrase “various forms of the family” is not neutral: in April the HRC Working Group on discrimination against women published a report explicitly including “families comprising lesbian. after the vote. Mexico. Pakistan. executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.K. gay. Uganda.

a Chilean LGBT advocacy group. which includes the approval of marriage equality.See more at: http://www. the Convention against Torture and other Cruel.N. Commission on Human Rights is charged with the responsibility of monitoring and promoting human rights worldwide. LGBT advocates earlier this week expressed concern that South Africa would not support the latest resolution. Russia.” “This history and the struggle against all forms of discrimination has therefore made us.“What passed in Geneva means that violence perpetrated against us in our homes and communities will not be tolerated.N. “It means that our police serve to protect us and our families in the same way they protect every other Filipino citizen. the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination. the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” said the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation. “It is the same value base that guides our stance on fighting for equality between countries and why we shall always make our voices heard about exploitation and oppression of people in any form. Brazil has introduced a draft resolution titled. The text of the resolution follows: "The Commission on Human Rights. said after the vote that the resolution “is in sync with our national values shaped on our own history and experience of discrimination. Social and Cultural Rights.dpuf The 53-member The same body in June adopted a resolution on “Protection of the Family” that Egypt spearheaded. and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. justice and peace in the world. representative in Geneva." . as a people and a country. “Anything to the contrary would contradict this leadership shown today. The Movement for Homosexual Liberation and Integration. Philippine businesses need to know that they can no longer discriminate against trans Pinoys who want to access services or gain employment. Uruguay and Brazil introduced the resolution earlier this month. Uganda and other countries co-sponsored it. the International Covenant on Economic. Human Rights Council in 2011 narrowly approved an LGBT rights resolution that South Africa introduced.” The U. the Commission was chaired by Libya -. but in the end the country backed it. religion. And our health providers and insurers can no longer deny health from LGBT communities. The organization nevertheless pointed out anti-LGBT discrimination and a lack of marriage rights for same-sex couples remain an issue for advocates in the South American country. committed to the principle that no person should be subjected to discrimination or violence based on race. and we needed a win like this to reenergise the community. gender and as is the case with this resolution. We’ve got a long way to go. " "Recalling that recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom.” .washingtonblade.ZFJ9Hidz. “The leadership shown (at the U. in a statement it released immediately after the vote applauded President Michelle Bachelet’s administration for advancing the ironic situation." which addresses the topic of equal rights for gays and lesbians.” said Garcia. sex. Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.” said Minty. Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty.N. "Reaffirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. who is South Africa’s permanent U. In 2003.” Chile. class. "Human Rights and Sexual Orientation. Human Rights Council) is also a challenge and commitment of the authorities to end all forms of discrimination in our country. because that country has a particularly poor civil rights record. Colombia.

Expresses deep concern at the occurrence of violations of human rights in the world against persons on the grounds of their sexual orientation. and encourages all special procedures of the Commission. Notes the attention given to human rights violations on the grounds of sexual orientation by the special procedures in their reports to the Commission on Human Rights. In the past few months. reveals a more complicated story unfolding around the world. Stresses that human rights and fundamental freedoms are the birthright of all human beings. bisexual and trans (LGBT) people." "3." Recent headlines in Europe and the US could lead you to believe that the momentum is building in favour of equality for lesbian. Decides to continue consideration of the matter at its sixtieth session under the same agenda item. Calls upon all States to promote and protect the human rights of all persons regardless of their sexual orientation. in 10. A deeper look at the data. that the universal nature of these rights and freedoms is beyond question and that the enjoyment of such rights and freedoms should not be hindered in any way on the grounds of sexual orientation." "4. it can cost you your life. This month. Brunei . "1. [the Human Rights Commission]. to give due attention to the subject."Reaffirming that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms the principle of the inadmissibility of discrimination and proclaims that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein without distinction of any kind. within their mandates." "5." "2. Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to pay due attention to the violation of human rights on the grounds of sexual orientation. In 77 countries it's a crime to be gay." "6. as well as by the treaty monitoring bodies. "Affirming that human rights education is a key to changing attitudes and behavior and to promoting respect for diversity in societies. India has shocked the world by reinstating a colonial rule that criminalises sex between men. however. And this number is growing. gay.

The United States is debating national laws to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace. Virginia.has started to implement a strict new penal code that will allow death by stoning as a punishment for homosexuality and adultery. Waves of arrests of gay people intended to "exorcise" or "cure" them are being reported in Nigeria. may pale in comparison with the law recently introduced in Kyrgyzstan to penalise any positive statement about homosexuality. India's supreme court has just given citizens the right to self-identify their gender and has granted legal status to a third gender category. The real human impact of these laws is devastating and can't be underestimated: each day more people must sacrifice their safety and dignity because of who they are or whom they love. against the interests of these two children. The first two Ugandans to be charged under the "kill the gays" law are facing life imprisonment. Today. Russia. family foundation Members of the Family Foundation and supporters of traditional marriage pray outside court in Richmond. claiming that the European parliament is failing to maintain traditions and family values. A Romanian MEP candidate is campaigning on an anti-gay ticket. The efforts of grassroots and human rights organisations are paying significant dividends. It is organised. Photograph: Steve Helber/AP But there are powerful signs of hope to challenge these difficult truths. Peru and other countries in Latin America are debating a civil unions bill. Advertisement . And there's more. this week in advance a ruling on gay marriage in the state. This rise in anti-gay sentiment is powered in no small part by fringe religious extremists of multiple faiths. which penalise public advocacy and increase jail sentences for LGBT people. we live in a world where our ability to live openly is increasingly a privilege determined largely by the luck of your birth. well-resourced and is dramatically exacerbating the discrimination and violence that LGBT people face. Uganda and Nigeria are making homophobia the law of the land and stirring up a culture of hate. A recent court ruling in France blocked two married lesbians from adopting each other's child. Their new anti-gay laws. We have witnessed a sea change in marriage equality and victories in anti-discrimination laws.

and policymakers help build the world they want. family and freedom because of who we are. We're pushing global companies in Uganda to follow the lead of Orange and speak out in support of the LGBT community. For every anti-gay law that passes. That's the kind of momentum that should inspire: hope first. pushing uphill and making sure lesbian. massive street demonstrations and viral media. church and corporate leaders. family members. More than a third of them are straight and many have never engaged in advocacy before. . This is what All Out is all about. our growing movement could realise sweeping change in our lifetime. and then change. neighbours and colleagues demanding equality and making sure that their community. Bringing the power of people beyond language and geographical barriers to express their solidarity and be a positive force on the side of LGBT people. the majority opinion in Obergefell unconstitutionally and indefensibly distorts the definition of marriage. The resolution would express the sense of the House of Representatives that   “the traditional definition of marriage is a union between one man and one woman. gay. By joining forces to stand for love against those who would take our dignity. bi and trans people and their allies are not silenced and pushed into the shadows. Yet. millions of people around the world are showing that they care enough for equality to stand for love. In just three years. there are now – for the first time in history – thousands of people speaking out against it. Representative Steve King (R-IA) – who was included in HRC’s “Hall of Shame” of the most anti-equality Members of Congress – introduced a resolution in the U. From 77 countries where it's a crime to be gay to zero. House of Representatives expressing displeasure at the historic Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. which finally provided nationwide marriage equality.And perhaps most importantly. Our movement is growing and has already won real victories around the world. All Out has inspired close to two million people. We're building on the global outcry we inspired against Russia's anti-gay crackdown and bringing scale and resources to grassroots organisations on the frontline of the battle for equality. in every country in the world.S. Hodges. Some anti-LGBT Members of Congress just can’t accept that the country has embraced marriage equality. Last week. to join the equality movement through online campaigns. they are standing side by side with their friends.

practices and identification. religious groups. In contrast. feelings. the States may refuse to be bound by the holding inObergefell. and protected to exercise their faith without fear of legal or government interference. developed in 2006 by a group of LGBT experts in Yogyarkarta. based on sexual orientation and/ or gender identity. churches. and this shared fact means that discrimination against members of the Lesbian. Indonesia The Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. A person's subjectively felt gender identity may be at variance with their sex or physiological characteristics. Amnesty International believes that all people. and 70 percent of young Americans agree. Although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights does not explicitly mention sexual orientation or gender identity. Sexual orientation can be towards people of the same or different sexes (same-sex. a majority of Americans don’t agree with Rep. heterosexual or bisexual orientation).” Thankfully. developed in 2006 by a group of LGBT experts in . referring to a person's experience of self expression in relation to social categories of masculinity or femininity (gender). should be able to enjoy their human rights. empowered. Bisexual and Transgender community. evolving conceptions of international human rights law include a broad interpretation to include the rights and the protection of the rights of LGBT people around the world. Sexual orientation covers sexual desires.  the States are not required to license same-sex marriage or recognize same-sex marriages performed in other States. Gender identity refers to the complex relationship between sex and gender. Gay. 61 percent of Americans support marriage equality. regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. King’s assessment. About LGBT Human Rights We all have a sexual orientation and a gender identity. Recent polling shows that only 33 percent of Americans now oppose marriage equality – an all-time low. and other faith-based organizations are encouraged. and  individuals. is an issue that transcends that community and affects all of us. businesses.

torture. Human rights abuses based on sexual orientation or gender can include violation of the rights of the child. Indonesia in response to well-known examples of abuse. . arbitrary detention on grounds of identity or beliefs (Article 9). such abuses are committed by the state authorities themselves. housing or health services Loss of custody of children Denial of asylum Rape and otherwise torture in detention Threats for campaigning for LGBT human rights Regular subjection to verbal abuse In many countries. provides a universal guide to applying international human rights law to violations experienced by lesbians. Often. gay men. the refusal of governments to address violence committed against LGBT people creates a culture of impunity where such abuses can continue and escalate unmitigated. bisexual and transgender people to ensure the universal reach of human rights protections.Yogyarkarta. there remain many instances where an individuals' sexual orientation or gender identity can lead them to face execution. the restriction of freedom of association (Article 20) and the denial of the basic rights of due process. Examples include: Execution by the state Denial of employment. the infliction of torture and cruel. However. inhuman and degrading treatment (Article 5). with or without legal sanction. imprisonment. across the globe. violence or discrimination. The range of abuse is limitless and it contravenes the fundamental tenets of international human rights law.

prosecution and punishment of people solely for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Article 16. Amnesty International calls for the decriminalization of homosexuality where such legislation remains. during marriage and at its dissolution. nationality or religion. or for their gender identity . Civil marriage between individuals of the same-sex is therefore an issue in which fundamental human rights are at stake. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Men and women of full age. READ MORE Marriage Equality The right of adults to enter into consensual marriage is enshrined in international human rights standards. such as rights to housing and social security. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage. have the right to marry and to found a family. .Issues Decriminalization People detained or imprisoned solely because of their homosexuality .are considered to be prisoners of conscience and Amnesty International calls for their immediate and unconditional release. Amnesty International believes that the denial of equal civil recognition of same-sex relationships prevents many people from accessing a range of other rights. including a review of all legislation which could result in the discrimination. and stigmatizes those relationships in ways that can fuel discrimination and other human rights abuses against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. without any limitation due to race.including those individuals prosecuted for having sex in circumstances which would not be criminal for heterosexuals. All such laws should be repealed or amended.

Here is a timeline on marriage and the rights of homosexuals in France. 1791 . administrative and other measures to prohibit and eliminate prejudicial treatment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity at every stage of the administration of justice. . Marchers filed through the French capital on Sunday to protest against President Francois Hollande's plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption. READ MORE In addition.Amnesty International opposes discrimination in civil marriage laws on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and calls on states to recognize families of choice. Ensure adequate protection of human rights defenders at risk because of their work on human rights and sexual orientation and gender identity.Following the French Revolution. But social disapproval in the traditionally Catholic country remains strong until recent years. AIUSA calls on states to: Ensure that all allegations and reports of human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity are promptly and impartially investigated and perpetrators held accountable and brought to justice. States should not discriminate against minority groups based on identity. the penal code is amended to decriminalize homosexual acts. Take all necessary legislative. across borders where necessary.

without a civil wedding ceremony.Bertrand Delanoe. 2001 . The PACS is a contract certified by a court clerk. the PACS gradually morphs into "marriage lite" for heterosexuals.Saint Nazaire becomes the first city to allow homosexuals to register as concubines. 2006 . 94 percent of them between heterosexuals. . is elected mayor of Paris. a legal concept allowing limited shared rights for unmarried couples living together. an openly gay man and an openly bisexual man serve as culture ministers in conservative national governments.The National Assembly approves "civil solidarity pacts" (PACS) after heated debates but few protests. Open to all. 2010 . adoption and assisted reproduction.Two men are married by the mayor of Begles near Bordeaux in France's first same-sex marriage. It maintains that extending those rights to gay couples would violate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Partners retain their assets separately and there is no duty to provide for a former partner.558 civil unions. and can be terminated in writing to the court. 2004 . which France has signed.Originally seen as a kind of gay union.A parliamentary report recommends expanding taxation. A court later declares their union null and void because the civil code indicates that marriage involves a man and a woman.654 heterosexual marriages and 205. Since then. a Socialist who was one of the first French politicians to publicly declare his homosexuality. In 2010. property and succession rights in civil unions but keeping bans on marriage. 1999 . there are 251. The term "pacsé" enters into current usage to describe someone in this status between single and married. they provide many tax breaks granted to married couples in joint tax returns. No action is taken on this report.1995 .

2012 .Francois Hollande includes gay marriage as one of 60 campaign promises but it does not figure highly in debates for the presidential election in May. evangelicals and homosexuals opposed to same-sex marriage march in Paris in the first major street protest against President Francois Hollande. Muslims. . conservatives.On January 13. the cabinet approves a draft law allowing same-sex marriage with adoption rights that will be presented to parliament on January 29 2013 . Catholics. In November.