UN Human Rights Council: Egypt and others’ initiative to “protect the family” bodes ill for family members’ human rights

Index Number: IOR 40/1994/2015

A group of States, led by Egypt, have a proposed a resolution on “protection of the family” at the ongoing 29th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council. Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Mauritania, Morocco, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia have submitted a seemingly innocuous draft resolution that, in fact, underhandedly seeks to divert the Council from its institutional mandate focused on the effective promotion and protection of the human rights of the individuals towards protecting the purported rights of a social institution, namely, “the family”.

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