This is not a joke. Well, it is, but it is true. “U.N. Report Demands Repeal of Counterterrorism Laws to Promote ‘Gender Equality,'” by Joseph Abrams for FoxNews, October 21 (thanks to Jed Babbin):
In case you weren’t sure, human gender is “changeable over time and contexts,” sex slaves must not be “stigmatized” for their work, and it’s important to recognize the role of “transgender and intersex individuals as stakeholders” in counterterrorism policy.
Those are some of the conclusions of a United Nations report on counterterrorism that is intended to promote human rights — but that critics say is designed to redefine gender and hamstring actual counterterror efforts.
Martin Scheinin, a special rapporteur for the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, filed his report in August after six months of studying the “complex relationship between gender equality and countering terrorism.”
Scheinin recommends a radical reworking of counterterrorism policies, insisting that the U.N.’s member nations “abandon the ‘war paradigm'” and “enshrine the principles of gender-equality and non-discrimination in the design and implementation of all counter-terrorism measures.”
Among his proposals:
“¢ “Repeal all counter-terrorism measures” that sanction the ill-treatment of women and children as a way to put pressure on terror suspects within their families.
“¢ Loosen terror financing laws to ensure “safe and effective channels for funding … of organizations devoted to gender equality”
“¢ “Repeal restrictive immigration controls” that violate human rights by “unduly penalizing transgender persons whose personal appearance and data are subject to change” as their “self-defined gender identity” changes.
Critics say the suggestions are part of an “absolutely insane” agenda at the U.N. that too often seems intent on undermining efforts to blot out terrorism across the globe.
“I would be surprised and disturbed if the U.S. took any of these recommendations seriously,” said Steven Groves, a fellow and international law expert at the Heritage Foundation.
“It seems an inescapable conclusion that their desire is to greatly weaken any effective counterterrorism measure that is made by the U.S. or its allies.”
The report criticized enhanced security checks “that focus attention on male bombers who may be dressing as females to avoid scrutiny [and] make transgender persons” — who might also be crossdressing — “susceptible to increased harassment and suspicion.”…
Scheinin is set to present his findings Monday morning to the U.N.’s 3rd Committee, which helps set policy on social and cultural issues and oversees the Human Rights Council for the world body.
The Finnish law professor has been a special rapporteur since 2005. This year he visited Egypt as part of his mandate for the 47-member Council, and criticized countries like Somalia and Pakistan for selling out women’s rights to arrange a tenuous peace with Islamic militants….
Past reports from the special rapporteur have focused on many issues relating to women — including the challenges faced by pregnant Palestinians trying to cross border checkpoints and the effects of counterterror measures on Chechnyan women.
But U.N. watchers say the new report is a confused amalgamation of important issues like women’s rights and tangential ones that have very little real application, including Scheinin’s demand that invasions like the U.S.’s “war on terror” in Afghanistan be “actually responsive to the concerns of women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals in local contexts.”…