Calling on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Ban incestophobic national laws

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“As men and women of conscience, we reject discrimination in general, and in particular discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Where there is a tension between cultural attitudes and universal human rights, rights must carry the day.”

Human Rights Day (10 December) 2010, the Secretary-General delivered the first of several major policy speeches on the quest for LGBT equality, calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality and for other measures to tackle violence and discrimination against LGBT people, however he omitted mention of discrimination against people in Adult Consensual Incest Oriented relationships (CIAO people.)

Every year in about 80% of countries, people are being punished, jailed and sometimes even killed because of incestophobic laws, laws that often were introduced by one or other of the former imperialist countries over the last 500 years. Fortunately after the Napoleonic Code was introduced, many countries (about 40) have since followed France's example and jettisoned archaic laws based on religious superstition and bigotry, including laws against homosexuality and adult consensual incest. (Some countries had partially justified introducing such 'morals-based' anti-incest laws using pseudo-scientific 'Eugenics' arguments. But today roughly 53% of the world's population live in countries where it is not a criminal offence to be in a consensual adult relationship with a close family member. The legal establishments of those 40 countries acknowledge there is no reason for the state to jail, fine, punish or remove the children from the custody of, CIAO (Consensual Incestuous Adult Oriented) people. Most children of CIAO people are born healthy and normal, and thanks to more modern scientific education, and modern medical and contraceptive techniques, there is no reason for CIAO people to have any unhealthy children come into the world. France, where ACI is not an offence, has one of the lowest if not the lowest rate of child birth defects in the world. There is simply no rational reason for countries to criminalize, penalize or punish CIAO people in any way. Yet CIAO people are being discriminated against and harshly punished in those countries that make CIAO a crime and which spread incestophobic anti-CIAO hate propaganda via state propaganda systems - schools, print media, movies and TV shows etc.. The civil and human rights of CIAO people are being wantonly abused in the 80% of countries where CIAO is illegal. But in all 100% of countries CIAO people are prevented from legal marriage, With many countries now claiming to have introduced 'Marriage Equality' for homosexuals, it is clear that CIAO people are being neglected even by the so-called progressives, (such is the power of incestophobia, just as homophobia used to be). CIAO people also need to be free to marry if they so choose

Protecting CIAO (Consensual Incestuous Adult Oriented)  people from violence and discrimination does not require the creation of a new set of CIAO-specific rights, nor does it require the establishment of new international human rights standards. The legal obligations of States to safeguard the human rights of CIAO people are well established in international human rights law on the basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequently agreed international human rights treaties. All people, irrespective of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, are entitled to enjoy the protections provided for by international human rights law, including in respect of rights to life, security of person and privacy, the right to be free from torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, the right to be free from discrimination and the right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

The core legal obligations of States with respect to protecting the human rights of CIAO people include obligations to:

Protect individuals from incestophobic  violence.
Prevent torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
Repeal laws criminalizing adult consensual consanguineous-sexuality and consanguineous (CIAO)  people.
Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Safeguard freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly for all CIAO  people

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