UNFPA executive cuts off diplomats as they criticize 'sexual rights' report

Published: December 19, 2014

Wendy Wright
Original Article:  bit.ly/1z48OTS

Diplomats told a UN agency last week it has gone too far when it tells countries to liberalize laws on issues like “sex work.” But the agency’s executive cut them off before they could finish.

The diplomats were criticizing a report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Sexual Rights Initiative, a coalition of groups against limits on sexual activity. The report calculates the number of times sexual and reproductive issues were brought up during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a UN scheme begun in 2006 to help countries hold each other accountable to their human rights commitments.

Some recommendations were based on activists’ interpretations, which countries have not agreed to.

At a launch of the report in New York, UNFPA accused countries of “neglecting” these recommendations.

An Egyptian delegate noted the criteria for evaluating countries “contained some cultural and controversial issues.” One was “to ensure sex workers have access to the full range of sexual and reproductive rights.”

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