Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) is a unique pro-life, pro-family group working to “monitor and affect the social policy debate at the United Nations and other international institutions”. C-FAM has this week reported on new attempts to put gay ‘rights’ on the international agenda and Australia is very much a part of it.

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted this week to accredit the New York-based International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) with “consultative status” at the United Nations. Essentially the accreditation is a ‘grounds pass’ which gives the group access to open UN meetings.

Other reports reveal that the Obama administration was heavily behind the IGLHRC push, with 15 Congressional House members sending letters urging UN members to support the gay rights group, and US ambassador to the UN Susan E. Rice working behind the scenes to inform key governments, including African states, of the importance placed on the issue by President Obama.

The diplomacy was said to have been critical in persuading African states that might have voted against the measure to abstain or to not show up. The resolution to grant IGLHRC accreditation passed with 23 in favour, 13 against, 13 abstentions, with 5 absences. Australia was one of the countries that supported the group’s accreditation.

The accreditation of IGLHRC was extremely controversial because the group endorses a document called the Yogyakarta Principles, which calls for “sexual orientation and gender identity” to be new categories of non-discrimination in UN human rights treaties. Among other things the Yogyakarta Principles seeks criminal penalties against those who criticise homosexuality.

It has also been claimed that IGLHRC was evasive on questions of religious freedom and freedom of expression, which are fundamental tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Charter. In a June committee hearing it refused to answer a question on whether a religious preacher should be prosecuted for preaching against homosexuality.

Further evidence of Australia’s involvement in supporting the homosexual agenda at the United Nations is the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) recently-published submission to United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

AHRC’s submission, which is scheduled to be presented to the UN in January next year, recommends that the Australian “Government take all possible steps to enable equal recognition of same-sex marriage”. It repeats the claims of the gay lobby that same-sex couples are discriminated against because they cannot adopt children in New South Wales, and because there is a “lack of clarity in the law in relation to surrogacy”.

ACL had previously sent the AHRC correspondence on its draft UPR submission reminding it that Australia has no obligation under international law to recognise same-sex marriage.