Do not ratify the European Union agreement with African,Carribbean and Pacific States
In April 2021, the European Union negotiated an "Economic Empowerment" agreement with members of African, Caribbean and Pacific States. This agreement would superficially look good to member states but has a lot of hidden agendas.
In what seems to be a fresh shot at Cultural Imperialism by the European Union, the agreement is very bad as it pushes for illegalities in the following paragraphs:
- In Art. 29(5) - The Parties shall support universal access to sexual and reproductive health commodities and healthcare services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.
- Art. 32(2) - The Parties shall cooperate to eliminate preventable maternal, child and neonatal mortality and morbidity. They shall aim to deliver universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. They shall cooperate to address the growing incidence and burden of non-communicable diseases.
- Art. 36(2) - The Parties commit to the full and effective implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the outcomes of their review conferences and commit to sexual and reproductive health and rights, in this context.
- Art. 40(6) - The Parties shall commit to the full and effective implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the outcomes of their review conferences. They shall further stress the need for universal access to quality and affordable comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and education, taking into consideration the UNESCO International technical guidance on sexuality education, as well as the need for the delivery of relevant healthcare services. They shall promote and encourage the ratification and the effective implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa and support the effective implementation of the Maputo Plan of Action 2016-2030, as appropriate.
At the intergovernmental level, the term “reproductive health services” is defined by the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development as including abortion.
Because the references to “sexual and reproductive health services” contained in the Partnership Agreement fail to take into account the carefully negotiated protections for the right to life and State sovereignty in matters relating to abortion, these provisions can be regarded as effectively requiring that States Parties legalize abortion under any circumstances, including as a method of family planning, and as such must be rejected in the strongest possible terms.
Article 40 promotes the so-called “comprehensive sexuality education” (CSE), which is a “rights-based” approach to sex education to promote ‘sexual exploration’, abortion and radical understandings of gender and sexual identity.
It instructs children to explore their sexuality and advocate for their “sexual and reproductive health and rights” from a young age, all under the guise of ensuring children’s health and empowerment.
Instead of focusing on risk prevention and responsible and healthy relations, CSE explicitly rejects traditional family values and gender roles and severely interferes with the liberty of parents to educate their children in conformity with their moral and religious convictions, as enshrined in international law. The promotion of CSE is vocally and consistently rejected at the UN and related international fora.