Saturday, December 11, 2010

Human Rights are Yesterday's News

Note by Marc Aupiais

I meant every word of that title: December 10th is Human Rights day, and December 11th is today!

An article which is useful is this:

"Today is International Human Rights Day and this year, International Human Rights Day (10 December) has as its theme: “human rights defenders who act to end discrimination.” According to the UN Human Rights Office:
Human rights defenders speak out against abuse and violations including discrimination, exclusion, oppression and violence. They advocate justice and seek to protect the victims of human rights violations. They demand accountability for perpetrators and transparency in government action.
There are a myriad of definitions of the term on the web, but all generally agree that human rights are “the basic rights and freedoms that all humans should be guaranteed.” The universality of human rights means that they should apply to all members of the human family.
Claiming to protect the “reproductive rights” of women, abortion advocates are pitting the rights of women against the right to life of their unborn children.
In 2008 at the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, abortion groups fought to be recognized as defenders of women’s human rights. Pro-lifers pushed back and reminded the commission that abortion is not considered a human right under international law, and therefore abortion practitioners and those who advocate for abortion cannot be considered “human rights defenders.”
Efforts to get abortion advocates recognized as “human rights defenders” have continued to crop up with increasing frequency. On this Human Rights Day let us hope that one day we will see a world where a truly universal understanding of Human Rights is celebrated."

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