The Trump administration has sent two groups who have advocated against expanding rights and funding for women and the LGBTIQ community to represent the U.S at a United Nations meeting on women’s rights.
Both groups were named by the State Department as part of the US delegation to the 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women taking place in New York this month, reported The Independent.
The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) is a think tank that has been labeled as a “hate group” for their international anti-LGBTQI advocacy work and violent rhetoric by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal advocacy organization which specializes in the protection of civil rights.
according to the report, C-FAM’s aim is “discrediting socially radical policies” at the UN, as outlined in their mission statement. They have referred to gay marriage and adoption as “truly harmful” to society and “public health”.
The Heritage Foundation is often referred to as right-wing group who opposes the UN’s “misguided women’s agenda” and how UN conventions on women “undermine family, religion, and sovereignty”.
They have also called for deep cuts in Trump’s upcoming proposed federal budget to programs meant to combat violence against women, according to a statement from OutRight Action International, international human rights advocacy group.
The Heritage Foundation wrote that “funding those federal programs in their recent ‘Blueprint to Balance’ report on the federal budget as a misuse of federal resources and a distraction from concerns that are truly the province of the federal government.”
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley will serve as the Head of Delegation for the US at the meeting and will likely interact with both groups’ members. The US Mission to UN could not be reached for comment.
“They will be there as advisors to and direct pressure on the US delegation” and will have unfettered access to other country delegations as well,” said Jessica Stern, the Executive Director of OutRight Action International,
What has Stern and other CSW attendees particularly perturbed by the decision to include the groups is that both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ms. Haley upheld “the right to be free from discrimination as an American value” during their respective Senate confirmation hearings, Stern said.
“Many Americans have recently asked themselves, what does foreign policy matter to human rights at home? Now, we have our answer,” she told The Independent.