Liberals New List Of “8 March Principles” Describe 8 Moral Exploitations
March 8th, is celebrated as International Women’s Day. This year the International Committee of Jurists (ICJ), along with UNAIDS and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), unveiled a new set of proposed legal principles. Their desire is to combine the application of international human rights law and also have them apply to criminal law.
Referred to as “The 8 March Principles” they address guidelines which would decriminalize certain laws that apply to consensual sex age, drug use, reproductive health, poverty, and homelessness.
Ian Seiderman, Law, and Policy Director at ICJ, had this to say:
“Criminal law is among the harshest of tools at the disposal of the State to exert control over individuals. As such, it ought to be a measure of last resort. However, globally, there has been a growing trend towards overcriminalization. We must acknowledge that these laws not only violate human rights, but the fundamental principles of criminal law themselves.”
The 8 criminal acts that the group wishes to decriminalize are based on an overall global view. As you read the list, do so with understanding that some of them may only apply to U.S. laws in part, and some not at all.
- Contraception and acts harmful to unborn children, such as alcohol and drug use.
- Obtaining, assisting in, or providing an abortion
- Sexual conduct with a consenting minor and same-sex relations
- Prostitution or “sex work”
- Obtaining, assisting in, or providing gender-affirming care
- Non-disclosure of HIV status resulting in another’s exposure to HIV
- Drug use, possession, purchase, or cultivation for personal use
- Begging, sleeping, cooking, washing, urinating, or defecating in public.
According to the report, The results are unsound because they rely on:
“cultural, traditional or community values or religious beliefs, or stated threats to the rights and reputation of others, national security, public order, public morals or public health.”
Well, Duh. Most laws are based on either moral or societal values, including public health.
As you read through the list, it’s obvious that this is another attack on existing moral law and the way these morals are applied in criminal law. The left wants to destroy all values. Their anything goes, anytime and anywhere attitude breeds lawlessness, chaos and destroys the moral fiber necessary for a cohesive, respectful, and productive society.
Although all are troubling in their own way, one of the most troubling is the left’s relentless attacks on the children. In this case, they once again seek to allow underage consensual sex. Under “Principal 16 Consensual Sexual Conduct” of their document, it states this:
With respect to the enforcement of criminal law, any prescribed minimum age of consent to sex must be applied in a non-discriminatory manner. Enforcement may not be linked to the sex/gender of participants or age of consent to marriage.
Moreover, sexual conduct involving persons below the domestically prescribed minimum age of consent to sex may be consensual in fact, if not in law. In this context, the enforcement of criminal law should reflect the rights and capacity of persons under 18 years of age to make decisions about engaging in consensual sexual conduct and their right to be heard in matters concerning them. Pursuant to their evolving capacities and progressive autonomy, persons under 18 years of age should participate in decisions affecting them, with due regard to their age, maturity, and best interests, and with specific attention to non-discrimination guarantees.
Naturally, it wouldn’t be a liberal crying towel about perceived “injustices” if race gender or politics wasn’t somehow implicated. On the topic of aids, Christine Stegling, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director for the Policy Advocacy and Knowledge Branch, couldn’t resist trying to take a swing against men.
“I welcome the fact that these principles are being launched on International Women’s Day (IWD), in recognition of the detrimental effects criminal law can, and too often does have on women in all their diversity. We will not end AIDS as a public health threat as long as these pernicious laws remain. These principles will be of great use to us and our partners in our endeavors.”
Volker Türk, High Commissioner for Human Rights, also chimed in:
“Today is an opportunity for all of us to think about power and male dominated systems. I am glad that you have done this work, we need to use it and we need to use it also in a much more political context when it comes precisely to counter these power dynamics. Frankly we need to ask these questions and make sure that they are part and parcel going forward as to what human rights means.”
I find it hilarious that when it suits them, the left can miraculously tell the difference between men and women. The fact that they trotted this out on International Women’s Day, doesn’t honor women it exploits them.
Look at the list and tell me, how women are honored. More liberal propaganda at its worst.