Holy See refuses to sign UNO convention concerning persons with disabilities

Source: FSSPX News


On February 1st, the Holy See Press Office published the intervention by Bishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See permanent Observer at UNO at the 76th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom on the theme Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities.

“On December 13, 2006,” said the Communiqué of the Holy See, “the General Assembly of the United Nations approved a Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, which will be open for signature by the Member States on March 30, 2007.” “From the very beginning of the negotiations (July 2002) the Holy See was an active partner in the drawing up of the document, collaborating on the insertion of explicit references to the right to life and the recognition of the role of the home and family in the life of persons with disabilities.” However, unacceptable references in articles 23 and 25 led the “Holy See to refuse its support to the Convention.”

Last December, Bishop Migliore declared: “Protecting the rights, dignity and worth of persons with disabilities remains a major concern for the Holy See. The Holy See has consistently called for disabled individuals to be completely and compassionately integrated into society, convinced that they possess full and inalienable human rights. Therefore, from the very beginning, my delegation has been a constructive and active partner in these negotiations.”

Drawing attention to article 25, Bishop Migliore declared that the Holy See “understands access to reproductive health as being a holistic concept [considering the human person as a whole, Ed.] that does not consider abortion or access to abortion as a dimension of those terms.” And he concluded: “It is surely tragic that, wherever fetal defect is a precondition for offering or employing abortion, the same Convention created to protect persons with disabilities from all discrimination in the exercise of their rights, may be used to deny the very basic right to life of disabled unborn persons.”