June 14, 2024

US urges Benin to end international life-saving cooperation

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The United States under the Biden administration has asked the African country of Benin to withdraw from the international Geneva consensus declaration. The reports C family

Accordingly, US Ambassador Michael Taylor called on Benin State to implement agreements already passed by the United Nations, such as the 1994 International Population Conference, which proposed liberal abortion legislation. Furthermore, Benin must “abstain from anti-social initiatives such as the Geneva Consensus Declaration”.

Valerie Huber, who served as the health department’s special ambassador for global women’s health, told C-Fam:

“I am surprised that the US government insists that a sovereign country withdraw from the Geneva Consensus Declaration, which reaffirms and cites the ICPD agenda and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is inexcusable to use the US government’s influence to advance ideological agendas under the false guise of promoting human rights.

The Geneva Consensus Declaration was launched in October 2020 by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo under the administration of Donald Trump. However, current US President Joe Biden allowed the US to leave the country within days of his inauguration in January 2021.

There are four themes to which signatory states commit themselves to the Declaration. These include women’s rights, human dignity, the family as the natural and fundamental unit of society, and the sovereignty of nation-states to adopt their own rights. The Declaration currently includes 37 countries worldwide.

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