Dear friends,

In this July Newsletter, I am pleased to inform you about some major victories:

  • The OSCE PA resolution advancing the radical Yogyakarta Principles—RECOGNITION OF THE YOGYAKARTA PRINCIPLES ON THE APPLICATION OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW IN RELATION TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY— was fortunately stopped by a vote 23 to 4. Congressman Chris Smith began debate on behalf of the US delegation, folllowed by speeches in support by Poland, Italy, Russia and Armenia. No one spoke in support of the resolution.

The Yogyakarta Principles is a statement concerning the “application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity” adopted by representatives from various non-governmental organizations and United Nations treaty monitoring committee members following a November 2006 conference held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Principles intend to redefine existing Human Rights to include the so-called homosexual rights. The Principles undermine, therefore, parental and familial authority and religious freedom as well as national sovereignty/national democratic institutions.

The intent of the non-binding resolution was to pressure the OSCE “to recognize the 29 Yogyakarta Principles” and in turn begin to pressure States on these “new human rights”. This victory at OSCE is, therefore, a victory of freedom for all of us.

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  • As European Center for Law and Justice(ECLJ) informed, last June 26, 2013, twenty four deputies of various parties and nationalities introduced a draft resolution titled «Serious setbacks in the fields of human rights and the rule of law in France» (Doc. 13255). The draft requested that «a monitoring procedure be initiated with respect to France» by the «Monitoring Committee» of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. As a result of the activation of this procedure against France, the neutral, impartial, objective and discrete MP rapporteurs will have to investigate, in the context of protests against the «Taubira law,» cases of police abuse and violence, as well as restrictions on the freedom of expression. 
  • This procedure was launched while the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted, on June 27, 2013, the Resolution 1947 (2013), which calls France to order and denounces the disproportionate nature of its «response by [its] public authorities and the action taken by law-enforcement bodies.» This resolution, titled «Popular protest and challenges to freedom of assembly, media and speech,» specifically addresses «the use of tear gas on peaceful demonstrators» and the fact that «four persons were injured and several hundred were arrested»(§ 3.1) and recalls that  «in instances of popular protest, the role of law-enforcement bodies is to protect the rights of demonstrators, their freedom of association and expression, while protecting others.»

Meanwhile the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) decided not to open such a monitoring procedure in respect of Hungary as the provisions subject to concern  “are based on traditional European values, are noted in the Constitutions of many other European countries and were adopted by a democratic two-thirds majority in the Hungarian Parliament».

On 25 April 2013, the PACE’s Monitoring Committee recommended to the Assembly to open a monitoring procedure in respect of Hungary. On 30 May, the Bureau of the Assembly did not support the opening of such procedure.

I hope you have a wonderful summer holiday with yours family and friends.

Best regards,

Leonor Tamayo

Head of International Area