The UN Human Rights Committee has thrown away whatever little remained of its prestige and credibility by issuing a new draft for a General Comment on Article 6 (Right to Life) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that explicitly excludes unborn children from being holders of that rights. The move, which is ontologically and legally flawed, has been made to suggest to the public that mothers may kill their unborn children in good conscience.
The UN Human Rights Committee has no authority to legislate, nor does it have any judicial powers. However, due to the prestige it once possessed, its interpretive “General Comments” are often referred to when interpreting the scope and meaning of human rights.
A second reading of the text is likely to take place in March.
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Green MEP Helga Trüpel‘s party membership has been suspended after press reports about her having made “homophobic” ad hominem remarks against Jens Spahn, an openly homosexual politician from the conservative CDU. Apparently Mrs. Trüpel expressed concern over the possibility that Germany might soon be ruled by “that right-wing gay Mr. Spahn” if Merkel has to step down after her dramatic electoral defeat in September.
It is not clear yet whether Mrs. Trüpel will be allowed to retain her seat as an MEP.
The ECtHR has today delivered its decision in the case of Ratzenböck and Seydl v. Austria, concerning a man-woman couple who wanted to conclude a “registered partnership”, because it considered the less committing terms of such a partnership more appealing than those of a normal marriage. The Court decided that the non-availability of such a “registered partnership” for different-sex couples does not constitute discrimination on the grounds of “sexual orientation”. Continue reading “ECtHR: heterosexual couple not allowed to contract sodo-“marriage””
The following is from the POLITICO Brussels Playbook, which is sent to thousands of subscribers in and around the EU institutions every day:
If Harvey Weinstein was Hollywood’s worst-kept secret, widespread harassment (and sometimes worse) is Brussels’ worst-kept secret. Regular readers of Brussels Playbook and EU Confidential podcast listeners will know of our efforts to shine a spotlight on inappropriate and illegal behavior. These are often terrifying experiences for the victims, and are complicated issues to report for reasons of privacy and natural justice. So far 54 women and two men have told Playbook their stories and we will continue to actively report this issue, publishing articles as appropriate. You can tell your story confidentially here.
Allegations made to Playbook include EU work contracts offered in exchange for sex, young women being sent to bars and dinners to trade sexual favors for legislative ones, a staffer asked to book prostitutes for their MEP boss, women bailed up in toilets at work functions and men bullied then sent on paid leave. You can listen to some of the stories in the “Dear POLITICO” section of the EU confidential podcast (Episodes one to 12).
Continue reading “Sexual abuse is very frequent in the European Parliament, according to POLITICO”
(LifeSiteNews, 20 October)
A mob of thousands of feminists attacked the cathedral church of the northern Argentinean city of Resistencia on Saturday and Sunday night, attempting to set it on fire and pelting the building with paint, reddened tampons, and rocks, according to video documentation and reports in local media.
The women, dubbed “ultra-feminists” and “femi-nazis” by the Argentinean press, burned the door of the cathedral with a pile of burning trash and reportedly damaged a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in front of the building. Many wore masks in the style of “Antifa” and were topless, with slogans written across their chests.