Family Watch International 2 July 2016
Family First Comment: The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has just passed the Protection of the Family resolution. It passed by a wide margin: 32 votes in favour, 12 against, and 3 abstentions. Statements include:
“Reaffirms that the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society, and is entitled to protection by society and the State;”
That’s one of the clauses that the Charities Commission has used against Family First to argue that we are ‘controversial ‘ and out of step with ‘contemporary NZ society’.
The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has passed the Protection of the Family resolution. It passed by a wide margin: 32 votes in favour, 12 against, and 3 abstentions. Significantly, all the hostile amendments that would have changed this new resolution’s meaning and intent were soundly defeated. In particular, a proposal by the UK, Switzerland and Norway seeking to force countries to recognize “various forms of the family” in an attempt to promote controversial family structures was defeated.
This historic resolution focused on the role of the family in helping and caring for the disabled, and it is the first time the UN has recognized in a comprehensive way the vital role families play in this regard.
Please see some of the excerpts from the resolution below:
- “Reaffirming that the family, as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members, and particularly children, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community,”
- “Reaffirms that the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society, and is entitled to protection by society and the State;”
- “Calls upon States to render appropriate assistance to parents and legal guardians in the performance of their child-rearing responsibilities”
- “Reaffirms the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents, legal guardians or other persons legally responsible for the child to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child, appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by the child of his or her rights;”
- “Recognizes that the family, while respect for the rights of its members is ensured, is a strong force for social cohesion and integration, intergenerational solidarity and social development, and that the family plays a crucial role in the preservation of cultural identity, traditions, morals, heritage and the values system of society;”
- “Calls upon States to recognize in their policy and legal frameworks the important role played by families in caring for and supporting persons with disabilities;”
- “Recognizes that the family unit plays a key role in social development,”
- “Invites States, the organizations of the United Nations system and all other relevant stakeholders to take into account the role of the family as a contributor to sustainable development and the need to strengthen family policy development in their ongoing efforts to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;“
- “Invites the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the treaty bodies, relevant special procedure mandate holders and other relevant international and regional human rights mechanisms, within their respective mandates and competence, to pay due attention in their work to the implementation by States of their obligations under relevant provisions of international human rights law to provide protection and support to the family as the natural and fundamental unit of society;”