The ECHR does not impose an obligation on contracting states to grant same-sex couples access to mar...

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Grégor Puppinck, Ph.D  The European Court of Human Rights, sitting as a Grand Chamber, in the case of Hämäläinen v. Finland, Application no. 37359/09, 16 July 2014 reaffirmed: Regarding article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights:  “71.  The Court reiterates its case-law according to which Article 8 of the Convention cannot be interpreted as imposing an obligation on Contracting States to grant same-sex couples access to marriage (see Schalk and Kopf v. Austria, no. 30141/04, §...

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Human Rights and human dignity: unmasking the Trojan horse

Jun 18, 2014 by

Jurisprudence professor Julian Rivers persuasively argues that postmodern values are in danger of subverting our understanding of human dignity. This is creating a ‘Trojan horse’ which insinuates a deceptive ideology into public life as the basis of human rights.

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Disparate bedfellows: same-sex marriage and human rights

Apr 22, 2014 by

Barend Vlaardingerbroek, MercatorNet The claim that same-sex marriage is a basic human right finds no support in international human rights declarations. The acceptance that SSM is a basic human right has spread like wildfire across the western world. – Irish Examiner, 6 February 2014   So it would appear. The argument with which we are all familiar is that marriage is a universal human right, and it is accordingly arbitrary and discriminatory to disallow two people of the same sex...

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The Dilution of the Family in Human Rights

Apr 1, 2014 by

From Zenit Comments on Vallianatos and Other ECHR Cases on 'Family Life': Reinforcing the State's Hold Over Society in Exchange for the Promise of Greater Freedom for Individuals. In the decision of Vallianatos and others v. Greece (No. 29381/09 and 32684/09) delivered on 7th November 2013, the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) considered that two adult men living separately should benefit from the protection granted to families in the particular case where they maintained...

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Rights and Responsibilities

Mar 9, 2014 by

By Vic van den Burgh Heard today how some clergy were becoming members of Unison (the union) so that they have support for them in what they obviously perceive will be a battle over their rights. A few days back I chatted to a member of the clergy who was telling me about all their rights and how the church needs to understand and respect them . . . or else! Often meet with members of church and and other organisations who are all too ready to tell me about their rights and what 'they...

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Cardinal Turkson on Human Rights

Mar 6, 2014 by

Address given by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace,to a conference on human rights. The conference was in Bratislava, organized by the Slovakian bishops' conference. Many people speak of human rights. Very rightly, they refer to their violations. Very rightly, they proclaim that human rights must be protected. Very rightly, they advocate that human rights must be promoted. Yet what are the human rights we are talking about? … The first...

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