Family and International Human Rights Law

A Theme Conference by Forum Azzahrae for Moroccan  Women

On the subject of "Family and International Human Rights Law"


The second edition of the World Human Rights Forum is taking place in a context of rapid international changes. Hence, the challenge of such human rights related manifestation is to secure an annual meeting that is diverse to discuss the most important universal Human Rights concerns. Such a platform would help draw the priorities shared by developing countries in order for the latter to enhance their role as important stakeholder within the global human rights field.


As a matter of fact, this edition of the forum coincides with the 20th anniversary of a set of events that shaped the human rights in general and the rights of women and the family in particular, namely the World Conference on Population and Development, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the International Day of Families, as well as the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs Millennium +15), and the announcement of the post-2015 ones.


 Looking forward to this event, we, in Azzahrae Forum for Moroccan Women, believe it is an opportunity to evaluate the success of the Beijing plan in creating a just status for women and families, and an occasion to assess the challenges facing the elaboration of the post 2015 Millennium goals, particularly as we prepare for the 59th session of the Commission on the status of women, which will be held in New York in March 2015.


Based on the fact that the right to found a family is one of the most important human rights that have been quoted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and given that the family is the building bloc of the communities,  and the most important social institution for the education, and the exercise of democracy and human rights, and in spite the fact that the UN chose, to celebrate the International Day for families this year, as a logo "Families are important in achieving the Millennium Development goals," the international community still has not given sufficient attention to this vital component. As a matter of fact, we notice that the outcome of the last Millennium summit for development (General Assembly resolution 65/1) does not address the family except in the context of family planning when, in fact, most of the Millennium Development Goals, especially those related to poverty reduction, and the education of children and the reduction of maternal mortality will continue to face significant difficulties unless a family centered approach is adopted. Some international experiences, which focused on the family in their policies, proved the efficacy of this approach in making tangible progress at this level, which calls for concerted international efforts to adopt a global policy based on the family and on the protection of its rights when drawing the post-2015 landmarks.


In recent years, we are witnessing the features of an emerging current asking for the re-consideration of the family as a basic unit in the development of the human rights system. This trend manifested mainly in the emergence of a range of global networks and coalitions calling for the protection of the family. In this context comes the Human Rights Council Resolution N° A / HRC / 26 / L.20 / REV, which was approved by the council's twenty sixth session, held last summer, a decision that confirmed the primary responsibility of the family in the upbringing of the child and its sponsorship as the natural and fundamental social unit, and that children must grow in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness,  love and understanding for the full development of their personalities.


For these reasons, we believe that the World Human Rights Forum must have its mark in the drafting of a new agenda for the rights of the family in the era of globalization by shedding lights on the empowerment of the rights of the family in the international system  and reviewing the dangerous deviations that threatens the core existence of the family and its continuity. and a new form of women servitude incompatible with the noble concept of equality, and a blatant abuse of the children's rights to having a sane family.


The holding of this Theme Conference mainly aims to open a deep intellectual debate about the value transformations experienced by the families in the world, and the impact of the international system of rights on these changes. Moreover, it is an opportunity to clarify the role of actors and stakeholders, whether they are human rights associations, decision makers, parliamentarians, experts or others in ensuring the protection of family rights and making it a center of interest of the international human rights system. This can be done through the opening of an international debate which focuses on the implementation mechanisms of international obligations and conventions in this respect, and the ways to make the necessary revisions to improve the international system in a way to ensure the right to difference and diversity and the preservation of the Natural human instinct laws which are governing the family.


We will address these issues through the following themes:

Axis I: the family system between religious rights and international human rights system


1.      The concept and function of the family in the religious rights system,

  1. A reading in the evolution of human rights in the international system in relation to the family

3.      The position of cultural and religious values in the international system of human rights


Axis II: The reality of the family 20 years after the adoption of the International Day of Families

1.      The human rights system: what is its impact on the reality of the family and its role in securing its protection?

2.      What guarantees are there to support the stability of the family and to protect communities from violence and family disintegration?

3.      Are UN mechanisms efficient in monitoring the implementation of states" obligations in the field of family?


Axis III: A global strategy for the protection and promotion of the rights of the family in the international system:

  Intersecting approaches