By Townhall. The United States took a lonely stand Monday against the United Nation’s General Assembly in a vote on the Global Compact on Refugees and on concerns about language related to abortion.
Hungary was the only country to join the United States in voting against an annual resolution on the work of the U.N. refugee agency which included approval of the compact on refugees. The resolution was approved with 181 countries voting in favor and three abstaining.
The U.S. explained its opposition to the compact, arguing that it represents “an effort by the United Nations to advance global governance at the expense of the sovereign right of States to manage their immigration systems in accordance with their national laws, policies, and interests.”
Reuters noted on Monday that the U.S. also “unsuccessfully tried to remove two paragraphs from a General Assembly resolution on preventing violence and sexual harassment of women and girls. It was the only country to vote against the language, while 131 countries voted to keep it in the resolution and 31 abstained.” (Read more from “U.S. Takes a Stand Against Global Compact on Refugees, Promotion of Abortion at the United Nations” HERE)
US Left Isolated at UN Over Stance on Abortion and Refugees
By The Guardian. The United States has found itself isolated at the 193-member United Nations general assembly over Washington’s concerns about the promotion of abortion and a voluntary plan to address the global refugee crisis.
Only Hungary backed the United States and voted against an annual resolution on the work of the UN refugee agency, while 181 countries voted in favor and three abstained. The resolution has generally been approved by consensus for more than 60 years. . .
The US also failed in a campaign – which started last month during negotiations on several draft resolutions in the general assembly human rights committee – against references to “sexual and reproductive health” and “sexual and reproductive health-care services”.
It has said the language has “accumulated connotations that suggest the promotion of abortion or a right to abortion that are unacceptable to our administration”.
On Monday, Washington unsuccessfully tried to remove two paragraphs from a general assembly resolution on preventing violence and sexual harassment of women and girls. It was the only country to vote against the language, while 131 countries voted to keep it in the resolution and 31 abstained. (Read more from “US Left Isolated at UN Over Stance on Abortion and Refugees” HERE)