With the help of an overwhelming response from defenders of the family and family values around the world, pro-family advocates won a significant victory in this debate at the UN Human Rights Council. The African countries on the council, along with Egypt, fought valiantly against many of the council members to remove the reference. In the end they successfully limited the reference so that it referred to non-controversial elements of the HIV/AIDS Guidelines rather than to the entire document or to the offensive provisions. This is a significant victory!
Since we have won this fight, we are suspending sending emails through to the UN missions. However, there will be other efforts to incorporate these bad guidelines in future UN meetings and conferences and other attacks on the family. If you fill in the information in the boxes below, we will add you to our database and alert you the next time you can help defend the family and family values at the UN.
Help Stop This Controversial Anti-family UN Proposal!
We are urgently requesting that you email all UN delegations asking them to contact all the members of the Human Rights Council now meeting in Geneva and ask them to oppose an anti-family provision in a resolution that, among other things, would encourage:
- Legalization of same-sex marriage, abortion and prostitution
- Special protections for “men having sex with men”
- Explicit sex education for children including the promotion of homosexual sex to children under the guise of protecting them from AIDS
- Legal penalties for people who criticize homosexual behavior
(NOTE: more information on this issue is provided in our action alert, below)
With just the click of your mouse you can easily contact all the delegations to the UN on this problem by filling in the information in the boxes below to send the email we have prepared.
I am contacting Your Excellency to request your attention to an urgent matter at the 12th Session of the Human Rights Council now underway in Geneva, Switzerland. Specifically, Agenda Item 3, a resolution on HIV/AIDS currently under negotiation endorses a document calling for the legalization of same-sex marriage, abortion, prostitution, penalties for those who criticize homosexuality, and legal protections for all types of illicit sex.
This resolution references the “International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights.” Although this document was created in consultation with UN agencies, it was never negotiated by UN Member States and has a number of extremely controversial provisions that undermine the family and run counter to the cultures and religious traditions of many UN Member States. (See excerpts from the guidelines below). A vote on this resolution could come as early as Friday, October 2, so time to respond is very short.
I think you would agree that issues regarding homosexuality, abortion, explicit sex education to children, etc. are very controversial at the UN and should be negotiated openly by member states and not be hidden in references to documents with which most member states are unfamiliar.
I respectfully urge you to instruct your delegation in Geneva to oppose any and all references to the International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights in the HIV/AIDS resolution being negotiated there now. Many of the provisions in these guidelines run counter to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights wherein it states that the family is the fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to special protection (Article 16). Should these International Guidelines be implemented by member states, it would greatly undermine the institution of the family.
Thank you for your attention.
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Excerpts from the International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights
(Click here to access the full text (120 pages) of the HIV/AIDS Guidelines)
Legalizing Illicit Sex
21 (b) Criminal law prohibiting sexual acts (including adultery, sodomy, fornication and commercial sexual encounters) between consenting adults in private should be reviewed, with the aim of repeal.
21 (c) With regard to adult sex work that involves no victimization, criminal law should be reviewed with the aim of decriminalizing . . .
22 (f) Laws should also be enacted to ensure women’s reproductive and sexual rights, including the right of independent access to reproductive and STD health information and services and means of contraception, including safe and legal abortion . . .
Legalizing Same-sex marriage and Penalizing Criticism of Homosexuality
22 (h) Anti-discrimination and protective laws should be enacted to reduce human rights violations against men having sex with men, including in the context of HIV . . . These measures should include providing penalties for vilification of people who engage in same-sex relationships, giving legal recognition to same-sex marriages and/or relationships and governing such relationships . . .
Mandatory HV/AIDS Sex Education Regardless of Religious and Cultural Traditions
136 It is the State’s obligation to ensure, in every cultural and religious tradition, that appropriate means are found so that effective HIV information is included in educational programmes inside and outside schools. The provision of education and information to children should not be considered as promoting early sexual experimentation; rather, as studies indicate, it delays sexual activity.
Help Stop This Controversial
Anti-family UN Proposal!
Dear Friend of the Family,
Family Watch International
This is probably the most important action alert we have sent to date.
We urgently need your help to stop the UN Human Rights Council now meeting in Geneva from passing a resolution endorsing a document that calls for:
- Legalization of same-sex marriage, abortion and prostitution;
- Special protections for “men having sex with men”;
- Explicit sex education for children including the promotion of homosexual sex to children under the guise of protecting them from AIDS;
- Legal penalties for people who criticize homosexual behavior.
Click here to send an email we have already prepared for you to all 192 of the UN missions with only one click, urgently requesting UN Ambassadors to oppose any references to this radical document. Time is short on this! The vote in the Council could come as early as Friday, October 2nd.
I know this sounds unbelievable, but you can read excerpts from this document called the “International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights” by clicking here.
We cannot let this resolution pass because it will give the UN yet another tool to try to pressure UN member states to protect and promote illicit sex in their laws and in their schools and to muzzle free speech on sexual issues.
Earlier this year we successfully defeated a UN proposal endorsing these same radical guidelines at negotiations during the UN Commission on the Status of Women. We predicted that sexual rights activists would try to sneak in a reference to it again in yet another UN document, and that is exactly what is happening in Geneva right now.
These issues, which can directly impact families worldwide, are all VERY controversial at the UN, and that is why sexual rights activists are trying to sneak references to these 120-page guidelines into a UN resolution without clearly stating what the document actually promotes. If enough delegates learn what the document really contains, it will be defeated.
If you are a leader or member of another organization, church or group that believes in protecting the family, please pass this alert on to your group as soon as possible so we can generate tens of thousands of emails from around the world into the UN mission offices opposing this.
This resolution must not pass as is.
Time is very short, but we have defeated anti-family proposals like this at the UN many times before with your help. Click here to email the UN delegations.
Let’s do it again!
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