The present report contains a summary of the Human Rights Council panel discussion on the protection of the family and its members, which was held to address the implementation of States’ obligations under relevant provisions of international human rights law and to discuss challenges and best practices in that regard. The discussion took place on 15 September 2014 during the twenty-seventh session of the Human Rights Council, having been mandated in resolution 26/11 adopted on 26 June 2014 during the twenty-sixth session of the Council.
Discussion of “protection of the family” at Human Rights Council must reflect diversity and focus on human rights
Our organizations, representing a wide range of civil society from all regions of the world, urge the UN Human Rights Council to ensure the Panel discussion entitled “protection of the family” scheduled to take place in September reflects the diversity of family forms and includes a focus on the promotion and protection of human rights of individuals within the family unit.
The Human Rights Council,
Reaffirming the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,
Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, and recalling the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and other relevant human rights instruments,
In Vienna, States reaffirmed their commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In that vein, we would like to express our strong concerns about the draft resolution on the protection of the family [A/HRC/35/L.21 on “Protection of the Family: Role of the family in supporting the protection and promotion of human rights of older persons.”]