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by Human Rights Watch/Graeme Reid

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A controversial “protection of the family” resolution was passed on June 26. Not only did South Africa vote in favour, but astoundingly supported an aggressive move by Russia to shut down discussion of more inclusive “family” language.

Any country committed to protecting human rights should recognise the resolution for what it is – an insidious attempt to undermine the universality of human rights, and specifically the rights of women and LGBT people.

On the face of it, the resolution is fairly innocuous. It calls for a panel discussion and a report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the topic. But the resolution has raised red flags ever since it was first introduced in March last year.

Available: http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/07/07/south-africa-takes-step-backwards 

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