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Mon Apr 22, 2019, 04:56 PM

US threatens to veto UN resolution on rape as weapon of war, officials say

Source: The Guardian

The US is threatening to veto a United Nations resolution on combatting the use of rape as a weapon of war because of its language on reproductive and sexual health, according to a senior UN official and European diplomats.

The German mission hopes the resolution will be adopted at a special UN security council session on Tuesday on sexual violence in conflict.

But the draft resolution has already been stripped of one of its most important elements, the establishment of a formal mechanism to monitor and report atrocities, because of opposition from the US, Russia and China, which opposed creating a new monitoring body.

Even after the formal monitoring mechanism was stripped from the resolution, the US was still threatening to veto the watered-down version, because it includes language on victims’ support from family planning clinics. In recent months, the Trump administration has taken a hard line, refusing to agree to any UN documents that refer to sexual or reproductive health, on grounds that such language implies support for abortions. It has also opposed the use of the word “gender”, seeking it as a cover for liberal promotion of transgender rights.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/22/us-un-resolution-rape-weapon-of-war-veto



What assholes. They won't even accept the text used in 2013. Because, let's face it, Obama agreed to it.

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muriel_volestrangler Apr 22 OP
50 Shades Of Blue Apr 22 #1
Kurt V. Apr 22 #2
2naSalit Apr 22 #3
sinkingfeeling Apr 22 #4
BumRushDaShow Apr 22 #5
defacto7 Apr 22 #6
CaptainTruth Apr 22 #7
trev Apr 23 #17
Pachamama Apr 22 #8
flotsam Apr 22 #9
Marcuse Apr 22 #10
Evolve Dammit Apr 22 #11
mpcamb Apr 22 #12
NYMinute Apr 22 #13
smirkymonkey Apr 22 #14
Name removed Apr 22 #15
Solly Mack Apr 23 #16
muriel_volestrangler Apr 23 #18
Judi Lynn Apr 23 #19

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 05:00 PM

1. No words.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 05:06 PM

2. when you're throwing in with russia and china, Americans, we got a problem.

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Response to Kurt V. (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 05:10 PM

3. +1

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 05:15 PM

4. Wow, I just love our new BFFs: Russia and China.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 05:23 PM

5. "because of opposition from the US, Russia and China"

What's wrong with this picture?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 05:25 PM

6. ...

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 05:39 PM

7. Well, the Kavanaugh hearings showed us the GOP doesn't care very much about rape.

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 23, 2019, 11:50 AM

17. Actually, they seem proud of it.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 05:44 PM

8. WTF???????

This is so wrong and makes me sick....

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 07:14 PM

9. Besides

you won't believe how a little raping and pillaging Saturday nights improve the troops depositions on Monday!

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 07:18 PM

10. Satire becomes reality.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 07:57 PM

11. Un-fucking believable. We are in for a Holy War; right here.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 07:59 PM

12. When any Dem is questioning an administration official they should throw this at them

by way of a question. " How do you condone-support-align this with America's abhorrence with " the use of rape as a weapon of war".
I'm sure there are better ways to ask it... the point being to make them defend it.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 09:56 PM

13. Again, we are on the wrong side of history

Why play politics of national interest with a human rights issue?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 10:29 PM

14. Grrr!

Too angry to even say anything about this right now.

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Tue Apr 23, 2019, 05:11 AM

16. IOW. Fuck women. Fuck rape victims. But all hail a blob of cells.

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Tue Apr 23, 2019, 06:34 PM

18. UN waters down rape resolution to appease US's hardline abortion stance

The UN has backed a resolution on combatting rape in conflict but excluded references in the text to sexual and reproductive health, after vehement opposition from the US.

The resolution passed by the security council on Tuesday after a three-hour debate and a weekend of fierce negotiations on the language among member states that threatened to derail the process.
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France and Belgium also expressed disappointment at the watered down text. French permanent representative to the UN Francois Delattre said: “We are dismayed by the fact that one state has demanded the removal of the reference to sexual and reproductive health … going against 25 years of gains for women’s rights in situations of armed conflict.”
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The agreed-upon resolution was a sliver of what the Germans had put forward earlier this month. The zero draft included progressive text on strengthening laws to protect and support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who could be targeted during conflict.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/apr/23/un-resolution-passes-trump-us-veto-threat-abortion-language-removed

Back 25 years - that's "just a start" for the Trump ideologues.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Tue Apr 23, 2019, 08:25 PM

19. "Maybe the victims should stay inside instead of gitten' out & sashayin' around, hoping soldiers

would see'em, and give'em chocolate, and money and stuff.

If they'd just stayed indoors, and cooked food, cleaned the house, sewed modest clothes and washed'em, no one wouldda known they were there so they could rape'em, and so forth."

What kind of people could be so depraved, and desperate to wield power in every imaginable moment, they would even consider going through documents as important as these, to make sure women don't catch any breaks at all from the men who hate women?

When does the nightmare end, or is it possible we can train ourselves to wake the #### up?

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