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5/2/13 at 06:41 PM 0 Comments

Putting the Right Back into Human Rights

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This opinion column originally appeared on on 5/2/2013.

Author: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Piero Tozzi

This Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which serves as the hub for much of the United Nations’ various human rights activities – and, indeed, a good deal of its mischief too – recently sent out a request to civil society organizations for submissions on what concerns it should put on its agenda for 2014-2017.

Too often such calls are answered by non-governmental organizations whose missions are to elevate self-evident human wrongs, such as abortion, into human “rights.” Groups that seek to protect the right to life – a truly fundamental human right absent which there are no other rights – are reticent to engage because they perceive, not without reason, the OHCHR to be ideologically hostile. The high ground is thereby ceded to the radicals, who get to set the agenda and have a platform from which to amplify their voices.

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