Commentary: The End of Human Rights?


By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. for Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam)

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1 (C-Fam) While massive atrocities have experts lamenting a general retreat from human rights, abortion groups say they are making progress using the field to further their agenda.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he always had “bitter regret and sorrow” over the UN’s standing by during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Michael Ignatieff identified a coming “splintering” of the 1948 global consensus on human rights. Human Rights Watch president Kenneth Roth sees a reversal in rights already achieved. Roth blamed populism in China, Russia, Turkey, the Philippines, and Venezuela. David Rieff said populism “shattered the human rights movement’s narrative that progress is inevitable.”

Yet listen to the conversation around social rights and one hears not of human rights demise but of springtime.

In a statement to the UN Economic and Social Council, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) indicated it has made extraordinary progress promoting abortion by using human rights law in the last twenty years.

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C-Fam was founded in the summer of 1997 in order to monitor and affect the social policy debate at the United Nations and other international institutions.

C-Fam is a non-partisan, non-profit research institute dedicated to reestablishing a proper understanding of international law, protecting national sovereignty and the dignity of the human person.

C-Fam personnel have participated in every major UN social policy debate since 1997 including the Rome Statutes of the International Criminal Court, the Convention on Disabilities, Cairo+5, Beijing+5 and dozens of others.  More information on C-Fam can be found here.  

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