When Pope Benedict addressed the UN General Assembly
in April 2008, he framed his eloquent speech in the language and moral
grammar of ‘rights’. It should have been a course correction for the
United Nations to better apply their Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. But their understanding of ‘rights’ differs from Benedicts.
A week after nations criticized a United Nations (UN)
special rapporteur for exceeding his mandate in order to push a
redefinition of the term “gender” and a controversial “gay rights”
document known as the Yogyakarta Principles, a second special report –
this time on health – is sparking similar concern.
Presented to the UN General Assembly late last month, “The Right of
Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of
Physical and Mental Health” by special rapporteur Anand Grover
references not only the Yogyakarta Principles, but also a
hotly-disputed “General Recommendation” by the Committee monitoring
compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and
Cultural Rights. General Recommendation 20 would read a new
non-discrimination category based on “sexual orientation and gender
identity” into that treaty, even though UN member states have
repeatedly rejected inclusion of such a category in any binding
international law document.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Specifics in this stealth effort to force changes to law that would never be accepted if presented openly and honestly…..
The specific Principles referred to in the Grover report
are Principles 17 and 18…Principle 17 would require states to
“Facilitate access by those seeking body modifications related to
gender reassignment” (i.e., “sex change” operations), while Principle
18 would require that states “Ensure that any medical or psychological
treatment or counseling does not, explicitly or implicitly, treat
sexual orientation and gender identity as medical conditions to be
treated, secured or suppressed.” Such a mandate would deny someone
struggling with sexual disorders the option of receiving reparative
Note the word “require”. Given the force of law, these radical sex
change rules would be mandated and protected by the United Nations.
Which is increasingly becoming Wonderland.
Grover is an activist attorney from India who litigated
the case that resulted in a lower court ruling this past summer that
India’s anti-sodomy law violated the nation’s constitution. Last year
he succeeded Paul Hunt – one of thirty Yogyakarta draftsmen – as
special rapporteur on health…
Grover’s appointment as health rapporteur was welcomed by activist
organizations such as the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. The group,
which promotes “community action on AIDS in developing countries,”
noted at the time that “Anand has passionately advocated for the rights
of sex workers, drug users and men who have sex with men,” calling the
appointment “a tremendous opportunity and a step in the right
Using this map, the cliff is hard right.