IPPF regrets the announcement of the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), a UN body dedicated to strengthening the fulfilment, protection and respect of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all people.
IPPF acknowledges the important role that the HRC plays in safeguarding human rights and particularly the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, girls and the LGBTIQ+ communities, especially those who are victims of violence and discrimination, including those living in humanitarian crisis and experience marginalization and abuse.
The Human Rights Council has dedicated special procedures, panels and resolutions that have led to advancements on sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially in the areas of women’s rights, sexual and gender based violence, sexual orientation and gender identity, child, early and forced marriage, violence and discrimination against women, HIV, Female genital mutilation among others.
Ana Maria Bejar, IPPF Director of Advocacy said:
“The Human Rights Council is a central pillar of international accountability for human rights violations worldwide. A great example of that is the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), where the human rights record of all states is peer reviewed. That has been a key forum to engage member states and civil society on the protection and fulfilment of all human rights at country level.”
IPPF is a locally owned, globally connected civil society movement working in more than 170 countries to provide and enable services and champion sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, especially the under-served.