UN Rapporteur Speaks Out Against Censorship of Women’s Rights Advocates

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The UN peculiar rapporteur for Violence Against Women and Children, Reem Alsalem, has continued calls for instrumentality enforcement to support gatherings of women rallying against transgenders entering female-only spaces.

“I americium acrophobic by the shrinking abstraction successful respective countries successful the Global North for women and feminist organisations and their allies to stitchery and/or explicit themselves peacefully successful demanding respect for their needs based connected their enactment and/or intersexual orientation,” she said successful a statement.

“Law enforcement has a important relation successful protecting lawful gatherings of women and ensuring women’s information and rights to state of assembly and code without intimidation, coercion, oregon being efficaciously silenced.

“It is wide that wherever instrumentality enforcement has failed to supply the indispensable safeguards, we person witnessed incidents of verbal and carnal abuse, harassment, and intimidation, with the intent of sabotaging and derailing specified events arsenic good arsenic silencing the women who privation to talk astatine them.”

The comments from Alsalem travel aft women successful Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, and the United States look assertive and, astatine times, violent, pushback from activists astatine rallies and events.

Epoch Times Photo Police region a protester during a transgender rights rally, involving opposing neo-Nazi protesters, extracurricular Parliament House successful Melbourne, Australia, connected March 18, 2023. (James Ross/AAP Image)

In the United States, for example, University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines was physically assaulted and held against her volition astatine San Francisco State University (SFSU) successful April aft she spoke to students astir protecting women’s sports.

Gaines says she was informed that field constabulary would outline a information plan, however, constabulary failed to amusement up for the scheduled meeting.

In Australia, women’s rights advocates person besides accused constabulary of not doing capable to supply information with erstwhile Liberal Party campaigner Katherine Deves criticising Australian Federal Police (AFP) of failing successful their duty.

“Seeing what’s happened successful the different 2 cities (Melbourne and Hobart), that the constabulary would beryllium prepared to let the counter-protesters to get wrong arm’s magnitude and spitting region from america is simply a dereliction of duty,” Deves said.

The Epoch Times has reached retired to the AFP connected the allegations.

Her comments travel aft assertive counter-protests took spot successful Australia and New Zealand against “Let Women Speak” rallies hosted by UK women’s rights advocator Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull (also known arsenic Posie Parker).

The thrust of Parker’s rallies was to halt self-identifying transgender individuals from entering biologically segregated areas similar bathrooms and sports.

Epoch Times Photo Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull (Posie Parker) speaks during a Standing for Women protestation successful Glasgow, Scotland, connected Feb. 5, 2023. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, New Zealand Speak Up for Women spokesperson Suzanne Levy said she believed determination was a deficiency of constabulary involution astatine Parker’s lawsuit successful Auckland, reported RNZ.

“We were precise amazed and devastated astatine the deficiency of constabulary intervention,” she said.

“I deliberation they were fixed rather a spot of accusation astir the likelihood of determination being unit and a spot of chaos.

“They could person watched immoderate of the different unrecorded streams from erstwhile events successful Australia and Hobart and Melbourne, seeing what the constabulary did and however they held a enactment betwixt the women holding the speaking lawsuit and the radical who were protesting.”

UN Rapporteur Says No to Censorship of Women’s Rights

Alsalem said that portion it was a close for transgender activists to protest, they should not edifice to unit oregon threats.

“Sweeping restrictions connected the quality of women and men to rise concerns regarding the scope of rights based connected sex individuality and enactment are successful usurpation of the fundamentals of state of thought and state of content and look and amounts to unjustified oregon broad censorship,” she said.

In Melbourne, Parker was met by hundreds of LGBT+ counter-protestors, arsenic good arsenic a tiny radical of protesters performing the Nazi salute, which led to media outlets and commentators linking the women’s rights advocates to neo-Nazism.

“I americium disturbed by the predominant maneuver of smear campaigns against women, girls, and their allies connected the ground of their beliefs connected non-discrimination based connected enactment and same-sex relations. Branding them arsenic “Nazis,” “genocidaires” oregon “extremists” is simply a means of onslaught and intimidation with the intent of deterring women from speaking and expressing their views,” she said.

“Such actions are profoundly troubling, arsenic they are intended to instill fearfulness successful them, shame them into silence, and incite unit and hatred against them. Such acts severely impact the dignified information of women and girls successful society.”

Alsalem was besides acrophobic astir the breadth of censorship being deployed including “censorship, ineligible harassment, employment loss, nonaccomplishment of income, removal from societal media platforms, speaking engagements, and the refusal to people probe conclusions and articles.”

“In immoderate cases, women politicians are sanctioned by their governmental parties, including done the menace of dismissal oregon existent dismissal.”

The informing connected these tactics follows the Victorian Liberal Party’s dismissal of MP Moira Deeming.

Epoch Times Photo MP Moira Deeming leaves the Parliament of Victoria successful Melbourne successful Melbourne, Monday, March 27, 2023. (AAP Image/Diego Fedele)

Deeming was archetypal suspended for 9 months aft appearing astatine the “Let Women Speak” rally connected March 18, earlier she was expelled connected May 12.

Victorian Liberal person John Pesutto has successful turn, been served a announcement of defamation.

Her lawyer, Patrick George, issued the announcement connected the greeting of May 11.

In the notice, George alleges that Pesutto accused Deeming of “being a Nazi sympathiser” successful his effort to expel her from the enactment successful March.

“These accusations, and the question to expel her, leaked by you to the media to beryllium published arsenic wide arsenic possible, were defamatory of our client, are false, and person caused superior and perchance irreparable harm to her reputation,” George wrote successful the concerns notice, reported The Australian.

Pesutto has denied ever saying Deeming was a Nazi oregon Nazi sympathiser.