Friday, April 24, 2009

UN document fails to mention men or fathers!


The so-called "Human Rights Committee" (HRC) is the world's highest human
rights appeal court (although it cannot enforce its decisions). In addition
to being a court, it also monitors the compliance of all signatory countries
with the ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights). It
does this by requiring signatory countries to submit a report on their
compliance at regular intervals.

A human right lawyer in New Zealand has submitted an "Alternative Shadow
Report" to coincide with the New Zealand Government's report which the HRC
is due to consider later this year. I don't disagree with most of what he
says, although he is grossly sexist and anti-male (as are most human rights
lawyers) and omits any mention of men and fathers.

I suggest that you go to the page and click on the
blue triangle/arrow next to your country's name, see what stage your
government is at, and consider submitting an alternative shadow report on
men's/fathers' rights in your country, to coincide with the next time that
your country submits a report. Of course, you should also send copies of
your report to the media, academics etc., and put it onto the Web.

You should read the ICCPR and carefully
make all your statements refer to one or more of the articles of the ICCPR.

Peter Zohrab

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