ICJ warns against language of traditional values

The ICJ today called on the Human Rights Council and its subsidiary bodies to reject efforts to introduce the language of traditional values into the framework of human rights.

Noting the conclusion of the Council’s Advisory Committee that traditional values can be negative and have been used to justify the subordination of women and other vulnerable or minority groups, the ICJ recalled that emphasis should always be on the implementation of human rights law regardless of tradition and culture.

The ICJ’s statement was delivered today during the General Debate under Item 5 of the Council’s agenda (human rights bodies and mechanisms) as part of the 22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council (25 February to 22 March 2013).

HRC22-Item5GD-TVReport-LegalSubmission-2013 (download statement in PDF)

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