Preserve Healthy Caribbean Societies!

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Preserve Healthy Caribbean Societies!

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Preserve Healthy Caribbean Societies!

Societies in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are under attack! You are invited to sign your name to this Declaration and Appeal to the Caribbean political leadership, which will be submitted in time for the 36th Regular Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to be held in Barbados from July 2 to 4, 2015.

Concerned Caribbean citizens are urging our governments, and inviting allied members of civil society from around the world to preserve existing legal definitions of marriage and family, reject same sex marriage, and also to reject the growing calls for euthanasia.

The Caribbean community, is under increasing international pressure to accept a re-interpretation of human rights that will undermine true fundamental human rights and the institutions of marriage and the family. 

The pressure has included:

  1. Court cases challenging laws that prohibit unnatural sexual behaviours;
  2. Sneaking in offensive material into sex education curricula for  11-12 year old children;
  3. Demands by UN agencies, international groups and foreign Governments, that CARICOM repeal laws that prohibit unhealthy sexual behaviours, protect the unborn child and the innocence of childhood;
  4. Punishing a CARICOM national who spoke the truth about risky sexual behaviours, by arbitrarily terminating his employment and suppressing his fundamental freedoms of conscience and expression;
  5. ‘Diversity’ training of the police force by a same-sex 'married' couple from Canada;
  6. Secret visit to Jamaica by specially appointed Envoys for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) 'rights’ endorsed by US State Department.

Caribbean peoples dearly treasure freedoms that our forefathers valiantly fought and died for. We, their descendants must routinely and soundly reject new forms of cultural, political, economic and social imperialism. Please join us, as other members of the Caribbean community and as allies from around the world, to preserve healthy societies across the region!

Your signatures will be delivered to the CARICOM heads of state meeting in Barbados from July 2 to July 4.

Yours faithfully,
The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society

See the PDF of the declaration here: 

june_2015_caricom_civil_society_declaration.pdf

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CARICOM Civil Society Declaration of June 2015

We, the undersigned members of civil society from around the world, come alongside members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to affix our names to the following declaration:

- Reaffirming that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, recognised the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,  

- Reminded of the commitment of Member States to the Charter of the Organisation of American States, 1967, to abide by international principles of respect for the personality, sovereignty, and independence of States1, and the right of every State to choose, without external interference, its political, economic and social system2 and defend its integrity and independence3, and the duty of American States to abstain from intervening in the affairs of another State,4 including any form of interference or attempted threat against a State’s political, economic, and cultural elements,

- Recalling that the Singapore Declaration of Commonwealth Principles, 1971, affirmed that each Member was an independent sovereign state responsible for its own policies, 

- Mindful of the Charter of Civil Society for the Caribbean Community,1997, 7 in which CARICOM Heads of Government reaffirmed their confidence in the Caribbean Community as an association of States and Territories bonded by a common heritage and cooperating in the interests of their own peoples; and committed to the fundamental principles of human rights and freedoms, and determined to pursue the principles declared in the Charter in response to the challenges of the Twenty-First Century, 

- Placing great importance on the CARICOM Heads of Government’s collective agreement to adopt and implement all appropriate measures to ensure good governance which is just, open and accountable,

- Disturbed by the increasing economic and social challenges facing CARICOM societies such as crime, domestic violence and child abuse, teenage pregnancy, poverty and illiteracy, drug abuse, sexual exploitation, fatherless households, and their direct linkages to the parlous condition of family life in each society,  

- Convinced of the necessity of placing the wholistic well-being of Caribbean families as a priority for national Governments,  

- Confirming that the natural and fundamental group unit of society is the family, which is entitled to protection of the State,

- Encouraged by the growing body of empirical data demonstrating that intact, functioning families with marriage of one man and one woman at their core, is an important generator of social, human, and financial capital for economies around the world,10 

- Underscoring the commitment of CARICOM Member States and Heads of Government to ensure the fulfillment of the necessary conditions for the promotion of stable family life and the full development and protection of the family, including the extended family11 

- Aware that ideas have arisen which threaten inherent human dignity, fundamental human rights and freedoms, and the survival of the natural family. 

- Concerned that certain advocacy groups, transnational actors, governments and UN entities are imposing ‘rights’, based on a false anthropology, upon the nations and people of the CARICOM in violation of their national sovereignty and universal moral principles that are the bases of genuine fundamental human rights,  

- And Whereas the misappropriation and abuse of terms in national, regional and international instruments and discussions, pose significant danger to the political, economic and social stability and freedoms of CARICOM countries and their peoples in particular, the family, the foundation of society; 

DO HEREBY call on the Heads of State and Government and all political leadership of the CARICOM, to uphold the following principles in their national, regional and international deliberations and agreements on behalf of the CARICOM nations and peoples: 

Clause 1 AFFIRM the inherent dignity of every human person, being made in the image of the Creator, the sole source of fundamental human rights. Every human being is entitled to the free exercise of fundamental human rights. 12 

Clause 2  REITERATE that nothing in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person, any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.13 

Clause 3  REAFFIRM the CARICOM States’ obligation to protect the family as the natural and fundamental unit of society by urgently placing the welfare of the natural family as a paramount consideration in evaluating and implementing political, legal, economic and social policies and programmes. 

Clause 4  RE-EMPHASISE the CARICOM States’ commitment to respect and protect the common religious and cultural values of our people and to ensure the protection of these values in any and all regional and international instruments. 

Clause 5  AFFIRM the natural family based on the complementarity of the biologically determined sexes, male and female, and that each child is the offspring of one man and one woman. Marriage is therefore the voluntary union of one man and one woman. Children are entitled to be raised by their biological parents and if not, then by a similar combination of a male and female. No other parenting gender combination shall be recognized in law. 

Clause 6  ACKNOWLEDGE that the male and female sex are rooted in biology, determined from conception and not interchangeable. These are not interchangeable or malleable without surgical or psychological interventions that are contrary to human dignity. Deviation from this norm represents pathology upon which no law or policy ought to be framed.14 

Clause 7  REAFFIRM the indivisibility and universality of fundamental human rights for all persons simply by virtue of being human beings from the moment of conception to natural death. 

Clause 8  REJECT the creation of special categories of human ‘rights’15 which lead to irreconcilable conflict and competition. 

Clause 9  REJECT the assertion of absolute personal autonomy which is an impediment to the enjoyment of fundamental human rights and is inimical to cohesion and proper functioning of community. 

Clause 10  UNDERTAKE every effort to preserve the inherent sanctity of life of all human beings without further qualification and reject notions of a ‘right’ to die. ‘Dignity’ or any similar term shall not be understood as promoting choices and behaviours that are contrary to life, morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society. 16

Clause 11  PROTECT public health and morals by encouraging virtue and discouraging forms of behaviour that are inherently harmful to the self and thereby contrary to the common good. 

Clause 12  REJECT calls to endorse behaviours that are socially dysfunctional, demonstrably unhealthy and which jeopardize the future of Caribbean societies. 

Clause 13  INSTITUTE and monitor educational curricula to ensure that only sound and morally wholesome values, especially regarding human sexuality, are communicated to the region’s students. 

Clause 14  PRESERVE the prior rights of parents to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.17 

Clause 15  DISMISS notions of ‘rights’, or revision to laws, public health policies, educational curricula and other public policies, based on false theories of human sexuality.18 

Clause 16   REJECT the strategy of labeling the expression of contrary opinions as hatred, bigotry or other similar pejorative description toward any person or group of persons. 19 

Clause 17  DENOUNCE attempts by any State or transnational actor to violate the sovereignty of CARICOM peoples and their nations by imposing false notions of ‘rights’ on, or interfering in, their political, economic or social systems.20 

Clause 18  DECLARE that the State is subject to a higher natural law and therefore can merely recognise but not create fundamental human rights. 21 Consequently not all claims to human rights are universal or fundamental.22 

1 Charter of the Organisation of American States, Art.3B 
2 Id, Art.3E 
3 Id, Art. 13 
4 Id, Art.3E 
5 Id, Art.19 
6 Singapore Declaration, Art.1 
7 Adopted by CARICOM Heads of Government at their Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting, 1997 
CARICOM Charter of Civil Society, Art XVII 
9 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Art. 16(3) 
10 Sustainable Demographic Dividend, www.sustaindemographicdividend.org. Accessed 3 June 2015 
11 CARICOM Charter of Civil Society, Art. XVI 
12 Explanatory Note: The only logical mooring for human rights is the Imago Dei . Human beings are endowed with rights by the Creator. Rights that do not accord with laws of the Creator are illogical and contrary to design creating an irreconcilable conflict between reality and that claim to rights. 
13 UDHR, Art. 30 
14 Explanatory Note: By design, male and female sex are determined by the genetic constitution which informs the structure and function of the internal and external genitalia. A deviation in any one of these three components represents pathology. 
15 Explanatory Note: These include morally controversial issues or political claims that have been framed as a ‘human right’ but do not enjoy universal acceptance. 
16 UDHR, Art. 29 (2) 
17 UDHR, Art. 26 (3) 
18 Explanatory Note: Prominent among the false theories are those of Alfred C Kinsey. 
19 Explanatory Note: This includes claims that speaking the truth about sexual behaviour, in particular high risk behaviours, is homophobic, bigoted or hate speech 
20 Explanatory Note: False notions of ‘rights’ do not accord with laws of the Creator. They are illogical and contrary to design creating an irreconcilable conflict between reality and that claim to rights. 
21 Explanatory Note: This recognises that the State is not a law unto itself nor is it a dispenser of human rights but rather the state is subject a higher law and its role is to recognise and conform to this higher law. 
22 Explanatory Note: The imposition of desires or passions on law is false and not to be entertained. This has been recognised from the 4th century B.C. when Aristotle famously said “The law is reason unaffected by desire" and "It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it". 

 

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