The United Nations is all about human rights. They are constantly sticking their nose in the business of nations around the world in their effort to protect and preserve human rights. In many instances, they are justified in their actions, but there have been times when they stepped in when they shouldn’t have.
Last week the United Nations held their annual conference on the Status of Women. According to their official website, the Commission on the Status of Women is:
“Dedicated exclusively to the promotion of gender equality and the advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.”
Members of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) planned on attending the conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York. As they were going through UN security, they were stopped and detained for a short time.
When the UN security officers searched their backpacks, they found pro-life material including a petition calling for the UN to stop sexualizing children and copies of the pro-life video 180. According to Wendy White of C-FAM:
“The officers looked at their literature, saw one that was a petition calling on the U.N. and others to stop sexualizing children, and they were not happy with it, and then each of the guards said We can’t let this material through. The backpacks and pro-life literature were confiscated.”
It was pointed out that UN does not allow leafleting on UN property and although the group declared they had no intentions of doing so, all of their material was confiscated by security before they were allowed into the conference. However, C-FAM members observed that no other organization was treated in the same manner that they had been treated. To this White commented:
“However, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. This right includes freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
When the group left the conference, their confiscated materials were returned to them only after they complained. It was obvious to the group that UN security singled them out because of their pro-life and pro-child stands and even though the UN is all about human rights and freedom of information, they won’t tolerate any of those rights and freedoms if they are in disagreement with the liberal policies of the UN.
Therefore, one is lead to conclude that the only human rights and freedoms the UN defends are their own.