Newsletter Julio 2011La nueva edición de Profesionales por la Ética Day2Day – la newsletter internacional de nuestra entidad, publicada íntegramente en inglés-  recoge  diferentes noticias de interés en las áreas de libertad de educación, cultura de la vida, libertad religiosa y vida digna. Asimismo, dedica un capítulo específico a los debates sobre la nueva Constitución de Hungría.

Como lectura recomendada se incluye en esta ocasión  el texto completo de la conferencia de Dale O’Leary A woman’s perspective on mainstreaming a gender perspective.

Reproducimos seguidamente el contenido completo de la edición de Julio de 2011 de Profesionales por la Ética Day2Day.

PROFESIONALES POR LA ÉTICA DAY2DAY

July, 2011.

Dear friends,

Once again, Profesionales por la Ética provides you with a selection of the latests worldwide news on the defence of human rights:

FREEDOM OF EDUCATION

  • As part of our constant fight for freedom of education, Profesionales por la Ética, together with the American organization Concerned Women for America, submitted a written statement on the rights of parents that are being violated in Europe at the UN for the ECOSOC High Level Segment (HLS), which included sessions on the Annual Ministerial Review (AMR), focused on ‘Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education’. The meeting took place in Geneva during the first week of July. You can read the statement here.

CULTURE OF LIFE

  • Europe has finally started to address one of the saddest aspects of abortion: abortion for sexual selection. As a result of a motion for a resolution introduced in May 2010 by Mr Volontè and 21 other parliamentarians, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) decided to issue a report addressing this sensitive issue. This motion on “Sex-selective abortion – “Gendercide” (Doc. 12258) calls for the Parliamentary Assembly to discuss this subject, and it invites the member states of the Council of Europe to “condemn sex-selective abortion, wherever and whenever it occurs.” You can read the text of the motion for resolution here. Also recognizing this emerging trend, five United Nations agencies have joined together to issue in June 2011 an interagency statement on “Preventing gender-biased sex selection”. The statement, based on an extensive report, requests “renewed and concerted efforts . . . to address the deeply rooted gender discrimination against women and girls which lies at the heart of sex selection.” You can read the statement here.
  • In Poland, a nation-wide grassroots effort has lead to the proposal of bold, new legislation aimed at removing all exceptions to the country’s abortion laws thus protecting children from the moment of conception. The proposed bill is the product of an effort led by Warsaw’s PRO Foundation which obtained 600,000 signatures in just two weeks. On Friday, July 1, 2011, the lower house of Poland’s parliament voted 254-151 to support the bill.  It now requires two more votes in the lower chamber before it moves to the Senate. Although Poland has recently been denounced twice before the ECHR for not having a “coherent legal framework” on abortion, the European Centre for Law and Justice concludes in a complete and clarifying analysis that Poland’s proposed bill does not violate European and international law, while it clarifies the Polish legal framework on abortion. You can read about this new here and the ECLJ analysis here.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

  • In Britain, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said Courts should have done more to protect Christians affected by equality laws. A step in the right direction. You can read more about it here.

LIVING WITH DIGNITY

  • The Italian parliament closes the door to euthanasia and establishes that the doctor’s decision is above the patients will in regard to the end of life treatments. You can read more about it here (in Spanish). A similar decision had been taken in Ontario some days before, in relation to a particular case, the Rasouli case: the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a lower court decision which requires that doctors obtain consent from substitute decision-makers before unilaterally withdrawing life-support, where such a decision is expected to lead to the death of the patient. You can read more about this case here.

HUNGARIAN CONSTITUTION

  • On 5th July the European Parliament voted in favour of a joint Resolution criticising the new Hungarian Constitution which was adopted by the Parliament of Hungary. The Resolution does not respect the national sovereignty. As Commissioner Reding made very clear in the debate at the Strasbourg session in June, “the Commission does not make political judgements on the fundamental, constitutional and institutional choices of a Member State.” (cf. Article 4, TEU). You can read more about it here (in Spanish) and you can download the Resolution here.

WORTH READING

This Newsletter is produced by Profesionales por la Ética (Professionals for Ethics), a Spanish NGO formed by a diverse network of people from different professional backgrounds who generously offer their time and talent to contribute to upholding the value of each and every person, their personal dignity and their inviolable rights.

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