A new UN report issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on religious freedom or belief calls upon governments to legalize abortion, eliminate conscience clauses for medical professionals, mandate controversial comprehensive sexuality education beginning at age 10, and legalize controversial LGBT rights, ironically, all under the banner of promoting religious freedom. Help stop this report which is slated to be presented to the UN General Assembly in the fall of 2020.
We, as religious leaders representing diverse religions throughout the world, are deeply concerned by a recent report issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief (A/HRC/43/48). Alarmingly, this report, under the banner of protecting religious freedom, instead, distorts and undermines religious freedom.
We therefore call upon all UN Member States to reject this ultra vires report and for the appropriate UN entities to strike this report from UN records.
UN Special Rapporteurs are required to be unbiased protectors of true human rights, yet this Rapporteur has sought to advance a distorted notion of human rights at the expense of universally recognized religious freedom rights.
Human Rights Distortions
Throughout the report, the Rapporteur pits concepts of widely contested and controversial sexual rights against well-established religious freedom rights that the Special Rapporteur is duty bound to protect. A few examples of the report’s egregious assaults on religious freedoms include:
Ultra Vires Recommendations
The Special Rapporteur’s report concludes with the following ultra vires recommendations:
We therefore call upon all UN Member States to reject the gross abuses of religious freedom that are rampant throughout this report and call for the current Special Rapporteur on religious freedom or belief to be replaced with a neutral, unbiased expert in religious freedom rights who will operate within their mandate and actively work to protect religious freedoms rather than use their position to distort and undermine them.
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Policy Briefs and Articles
The following policy briefs and articles reveal a long history of UN entities overstepping their mandates.
Submissions to UN Treaty Body Reform Commission
Submissions to Unalienable Rights Commission