An agenda at the UN Human Rights Council threatens the very bedrock of international human rights protections.
On Friday 13 September, the UN Human Rights Council will be presenting a report on "traditional values" a concept which is unclear and could roll back over 60 years progress in promoting human rights.
But together we can use our voices to send a clear message that we believe in human rights for everyone by joining in a global Thunderclap.
Since 2009, the UN Human Rights Council has adopted 3 resolutions, recognising “traditional values” as a vehicle for promoting and protecting human rights.
“Traditions” might sound harmless enough BUT none of the resolutions have defined what “traditional values” mean.
For example, a 2011 resolution said dignity, freedom, and responsibility are "traditional values".
But what about equality? And why place responsibilities centre-stage?
None of these resolutions on "traditional values" acknowledge that “traditional values” are
abused to discriminate, silence protest, and justify human
All of us could be affected if the "traditional values" agenda is allowed to take hold.
"Traditional values" could be used to introduce anti-gay laws, reduce women's rights or limit the voice of minority and indidigenous groups.
"Traditional values" doesn't add to or strengthen our human rights but reduces them and is an attack against all of us. It's a smokescreen to exclude and persecute minority and vulnerable groups.
At the moment, international human rights law exists to protect all of us.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an authoritative statement of all our shared values and Article 1 says: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
It's the job of the UN Human Rights Council to promote universal respect for all human rights, without distinction of any kind, and in a fair and equal manner.
The Human Rights Council must stop this race to the bottom.
Together we can stand up for universal human rights.
Join our Thunderclap on Friday 13 September and send a clear message to the UN Human Rights Council and countries all over the world that we believe in human rights for everyone!
To read more about Traditional Values, visit article19.org/traditionalvalues