UN Report: ‘War on Terror’ Hurts Women, ‘Transgendered’

Oct 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

UN Report: ‘War on Terror’ Hurts Women, ‘Transgendered’

by Maayana Miskin
Martin Scheinin

Martin Scheinin

(IsraelNN.com) The latest United Nations report by Rapporteur Martin Scheinin expresses concern that the war on terrorism harms women. Scheinin, whose position involves investigating counterterror efforts around the world, advises that nations fighting terrorism “abandon the use of a ‘war paradigm’… because of the adverse impacts it has on gender equality.”

By using terms like “war on terror,” counterterror forces make abuses such as rape and the enforcement of dress codes on women more likely, he claimed. Scheinin also criticized increasing military involvement in counterterror efforts, stating that military involvement in fighting terrorism “has exposed women to rape and sexual assault by the armed forces.”

Concern: Counterterror Laws Make Gender Change a Challenge

Scheinin also expressed concern for those he defined as “transgendered” — men who identify as women, or vice versa. Security personnel who are on the lookout for male terrorists dressed as women may inadvertantly target all men dressed as women, he worried.

In addition, he said, counterterror measures that make it difficult for citizens to change their identity “risk unduly penalizing transgender persons, whose personal appearance and data are subject to change.”

TransgenderedUN member states have an obligation to ensure that all ID cards, passports, and other such documents that indicate whether the bearer is male or female “reflect the person’s profound self-defined gender identity” – in other words, that citizens be allowed to choose whether they wish to be male or female and to change their ID in accordance, Scheinin concluded.

Compensate Terrorists’ Families

Scheinin also determined that terrorists’ families have their rights violated by the detention of male terrorists. “Female family members… bear the burden of anxiety, harassment, social exclusion and economic hardship occasioned by the loss of the male breadwinner,” he found.

The fact that women suffer when their husbands are arrested for terrorist activity means that states fighting terrorism risk violating “the right to adequate housing and the right to family life,” he cautioned.

UN member states should compensate the families of those detained under counterterror laws, Scheinin concluded.

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  1. UN absurdity knows no bounds

    Bottom line: We shouldn’t fight terrorism because it could hurt men who like to dress as women and makes it tough for the innocent families the terrorists leave behind.

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  2. WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT?????
    IS HE FROM THIS PLANET?????

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