US Fails to Diminish Measures on Sexual Harassment at UN

by Haimantee Ghosh November 20, 2018

The United States did not be able to lighten the resolution of UN on resisting the sexual harassment and barbarity against the women despite the support from India, China, Russia and several Muslim countries along with the Vatican.

The administration of US President Donald Trump researched to trim language in the open resolution on the approach of reproductive health care services, safe abortions and the recognition of the right of the woman to decide the matters connected to their sexuality.

Netherlands and France led debates on the draft which included this year for the first time adding language on resisting the sexual assault, in the feedback to the #MeToo movement.

Two reformations to the text showed by the United States were dismissed in votes at the committee of General Assembly.

Israel, the country returns the position of US at the United Nations, voting against the proposals of US, as did European countries.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre told the assembly, “Make no mistake, these amendments are hostile” claiming that language used in the draft was accepted from the agreement of texts such as the Declaration of Beijing on the rights of women and should not be quarrelsome.

 

The resolution was ratified by the assembled committee, but the United States then took a space and said that it was separating itself from a vote.

US diplomat Courtney Nemeroff told her government received the issue with the remark of abortion and to statements of sexual harassment as violence, which is considered to be physical violence by the US legislation.

Nemeroff said, “We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance”.

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