International Day of the Family 2014

May 15, 2014

Today, 15 May 2014, the world celebrate the international day of the family which was established in the context of the International Year of the Family, twenty years ago at the United Nations (U.N.).

The steering committee

In order to celebrate these marking events, a small group of parliamentarians from diverse parts of the world, including representatives from Argentina, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, U.S.A, as well as others, assisted by international law experts, agreed to draft a document that would reaffirm the bedrock of human rights on the family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, existing in international law. They convened a steering committee, appointed Senator Jim Walsh of Ireland as its head, ensured the drafting, and are now promoting the signing of the Declaration on the Rights of the Family, hereinafter “The Declaration”.

Format of the Declaration

They agreed that what was needed was a clear re-affirmation of the rights of the family including  citations to specific international law that binds State Parties. In this way, during the 2014 U.N. Year of the Family the international community would be reminded of their international legal obligations to the family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, as well as the related rights of parents and rights of the child, and the elderly.

Use of the Declaration on the Family

Each representative is responsible for obtaining signatures from colleagues in their own countries for use at the domestic and international level. Efforts would be made to continuously cite the document, on various agenda items, in publications on domestic, regional and international levels and so forth, all in an effort to reaffirm existing international law.

The committee is grateful for being posted on this website for each successful citation of the Declaration on the Family (also on Twitter via #familyrights2014) and will share it to the community.

We encourage any and all elected representatives to sign the Declaration by clicking here.

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