- General Commentary 36 adopted by Human Rights Committee in Geneva
GENEVA (30 October 2018) – On 30 October 2018, the UN Human Rights Committee adopted the General Comment No. 36 on Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a guidance on the fundamental right to life.
“Human Life has inherent value before birth as well as after birth. Given the clear language of numerous human rights treaties, the international legal framework can, and should, be understood as protecting unborn life. Sadly today, the UN Human Rights Committee adopted highly problematic guidance on the right to life. It focuses on promoting abortion instead of upholding the inherent right to life of unborn children,” said Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International.
We deeply regret that the UN Human Rights Committee did not take the opportunity to affirm the right to life of all members of the human family, no matter their stage of development.”
Submission on right to life
ADF International filed a submission to the UN Human Rights Committee while it was preparing guidance on Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, arguing that the right to life should be applied to the unborn and that no “right to abortion” exists in international human rights law.
Find the official page on the General Comment here