UN: Protection of the Family
"During the 29th session of the Human Rights Council last year, a controversial resolution on the ‘protection of the family’ was adopted by the Human Rights Council, despite considerable discussion and opposition by States and civil society organisations. The Council also requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report on the impact of the implementation by States of their obligations under relevant provisions of international human rights law with regard to the protection of the family.
Proposed by Egypt, the resolution seeks to divert the Council’s institutional mandate, focused on the effective promotion and protection of the human rights of the individual, towards protecting the purported rights of a social institution, namely, “the family”. It puts the focus on the protection of the family rather than on the protection of individuals within a family and the primary responsibility of States to protect these individuals.
During the 31st session of the Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights presented his report on the Protection of the family, recalling the lack “definition of the family under international human rights law” and the need to “recognize the diverse and changing forms of the family institution, in accordance with the different social, cultural and economic characteristics of every society; the promotion of equality between men and women; and the effective protection and promotion of the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities, older persons and any other family member, without distinctions. Moreover, ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, should be an integral part of development efforts.” "