As the Friday Fax reports, the new UN Special Rapporteur on alleged “discriminations” of people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) disorders, Vitit Muntarbhorn, has outlined a strategy for his three-year term before dozens of supportive UN bureaucrats, delegates, and activists in a meeting last week.
Participation in the consultation was limited to States and NGOs supportive of the LGBT agenda. Others who had opposed the creation of the controversial Rapporteur’s post did not want to legitimize his agenda by attending the event. The outcome of the meeting cannot therefore be described as representing a wide consensus, even if the UN bureaucracy may have wanted to make it look that way.
Muntarbhorn described education as an entry point for children to be “born and bred from a young age” with the right attitudes. Continue reading
In what has become a ritual, the European Parliament will today debate its non-binding annual Report on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2015. Once again, this so-called ‘Own Initiative Report’, which has no legal status, claims that EU citizens have a ‘right’ to abortion, something not found in any international legally-binding human rights document. The EP is due to vote on the offending report on Tuesday 13 December Continue reading
Not content with killing unborn Scottish children, First Minister of the devolved administration in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has incredibly offered to abort unborn children of Northern Ireland women, a jurisdiction where abortion is illegal. And she wants her taxpayers to pay for the killings. Continue reading
The European Parliament will award its 2016 Sakharov Prize to two Yazidi women who were among thousands of sex slaves kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria. Continue reading
One of the reasons the EU is so unpopular with most citizens is that many politicians, mediocre though they may be, once they have made it into one of the EU institutions seem to develop a superiority complex: they believe that they are now somehow superior to all national parliaments and governments, and entitled to control and censure them.
One particularly colourful specimen of this mistaken self-perception is a new initiative, spear-headed by the Dutch Liberal MEP Sophie In ‘t Veld, pushing for “the establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights”. Continue reading
No, we are not talking about the “homo- or transphobia” myths, on which various departments of the European Commission or the European Parliament are wasting huge amounts of public money – with the sole effect of making many European citizens wonder about the usefulness of institutions that seem obsessed with such non-issues.
The human rights discourse has not yet completely been turned into a roadshow of perverse sexual exhibitionisms. Indeed, the appointment of the Slovak Politician Jan Figel’ as the EU’s first “Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU” seems to indicate that there is a growing sense that there are also some real human rights issues that might be dealt with – or to which one might at least pay some lip-service. Continue reading
If his real objective was merely to get worldwide media attention, Jan Böhmermann has done the right thing.
In Germany, as elsewhere, there is increasing criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose style of governance is more and more perceived as dictatorial. (This perception is very different from what it used to be not long ago. Back in 2004 he even was awarded the title of “European of the Year” by the readership of European Voice, a liberal weekly that has since been absorbed by POLITICO.) But in Germany more than elsewhere this criticism of the Turkish president raises delicate diplomatic issues, given the great number of ethnic Turks living in the country and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s controversial policy to put the management of Europe’s immigration problem into the hands of the Turkish government. Continue reading