Europe and the U.N. are crying foul today because President Bush refused to sign the Beijing Declaration on Women’s Rights. A London Guardian article whines, “America Urges U.N. to renounce abortion rights”. The piece goes on to include the usual anti-Christian comment. A lefty article wouldn’t be complete without it.
several officials accused the US of igniting the controversy – and sabotaging the conference – to try to score points with Bush supporters on the Christian right
The headline is exagerated as usual, and the article focuses on one very minor part of the declaration. I completely agree with Bush in his belief that we should never sign away our sovereignty or trash our constitution in favor of the U.N.’s declaration on human rights, and abortion law should be settled by our elected government, not the U.N. But, there’s a lot more to this story than the London Guardian is telling us. Let’s look at the Beijing Declaration.
In addition to the few articles of the declaration promoting abortion rights, we find the following:
Article 28 Take positive steps to ensure peace for the advancement of women and,recognizing the leading role that women have played in the peace movement,work actively towards general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, and support negotiations on the conclusion,without delay, of a universal and multilaterally and effectively verifiable comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty which contributes to nuclear disarmament and the prevention of the proliferation of nuclear weapons in all its aspects;
Could it be that Bush didn’t want to sign up for the complete disarmament of the United States to include nuclear disarmament, particularly when Iran will soon have nukes?
Article 33 – Ensure respect for international law, including humanitarian law, in order to protect women and girls in particular;
Just a guess, but most thinking Americans aren’t eager to surrender their sovereignty to international law.
Article 36 – We are deeply convinced that economic development, social development and environmental protection are interdependent and mutually reinforcing components of sustainable development,which is the framework for our efforts to achieve a higher quality of life for all people.
Environmental protection and sustainable development are code words for “ruin the American economy by forcing insane environmental laws on them (Law of the Sea Treaty & Kyoto) and create more biospheres that are nothing more than land grabs”.
success of the Platform for Action will also require……new and additional resources to the developing countries from all available funding mechanisms, including multilateral, bilateral and private sources for the advancement of women; financial resources to strengthen the capacity of national, subregional, regional and international institutions.
Can you say redistribution of wealth? Since the U.S. already pays most of the bills at the U.N., we all know where this financial support will come from. We also know that Kofi and Co. are not to be trusted with large sums of money, especially in the form of foreign aid programs.
From the Platform for Action
Article 10 – The World Conference on Human Rights reaffirmed the solemn commitment of all States to fulfill their obligations to promote universal respect for, and observance and protection of, all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, other instruments related to human rights and international law. The universal nature of these rights and freedoms is beyond question.
Every declaration, treaty, or recommendation that comes out of the U.N. asks participating states to submit to the U.N. Charter and International Law. We have a constitution, thank you. We’re not signing. Get over it.
Full and effective implementation of the Platform for Action, including the relevant commitments made at previous United Nations summits and conferences, will require a political commitment to make available human and financial resources for the empowerment of women.
Adequate financial resources should be committed at the international level for the implementation of the Platform for Action in the developing countries, particularly in Africa and the least developed countries. Strengthening national capacities in developing countries to implement the Platform for Action will require striving for the fulfillment of the agreed target of 0.7 per cent of the gross national product of developed countries for overall official development assistance as soon as possible, as well as increasing the share of funding for activities designed to implement the Platform for Action.
Translation: The end of the Oil for Food program took away our slush fund and we need a new scam that generates a lot of money and will require said money to change hands several times. Also, demanding a percentage of select nation’s GNP really zings the U.S., and it’s a sneaky way of saying “redistribution of wealth”.
Article 326 – The Secretary-General is requested to assume responsibility for coordination of policy within the United Nations for the implementation of the Platform for Action and for the mainstreaming of a system-wide gender perspective in all activities of the United Nations, taking into account the mandates of the bodies concerned. The Secretary-General should consider specific measures for ensuring effective coordination in the implementation of these objectives. To this end, the Secretary-General is invited to establish a high-level post in the office of the Secretary-General, using existing human and financial resources, to act as the Secretary-General’s adviser on gender issues and to help ensure system-wide implementation of the Platform for Action in close cooperation with the Division for the Advancement of Women.
Benon Sevan has a new job! He can come out of retirement and use his expertise gained from running the Oil for Food program to further line the pockets of Kofi’s son.
I just can’t understand why Bush wouldn’t sign on to this declaration. It must be the Christians.