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5.4 Million Names Submitted to UN in Favor of the Family and the Right to Life

Contact: Estelle Duval, FEFA, +32-495-257-444

BRUSSELS, Dec. 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, December 10th, two Members of the European Parliament, Anna Záborská and Carlo Casini held a press conference in the European Parliament to announce that 5.4 million families had sent a petition to the UN, calling to interpret the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as protecting the unborn child and the family. The Familiokratos coalition, established one year ago on the 10 December 2007 gathers leaders from profamily prolife movements. See: http://familiokratosen.blogspot.com/.  It has presented this petition to the Gabon ambassador to the Holy See, Firmin Mboutsou, as well as to other UN ambassadors in order to be distributed among UN delegates.

The group was formed in order to remind the world of the good news of the Universal Declaration and to uphold this good news in all international instruments.

As we come to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we celebrate the historic role that the family plays in drawing all these themes together and is acknowledged as the ultimate expression of our human dignity - the recognition of which is the bedrock of the UDHR.

"The family is a cultural anchor universal to all cultures." Said Záborská. She concluded: "The family is where we learn that the authentic role of the state is to serve its people; and not to reinvent humanity along the lines of some artificial ideology: the first and last sign of the approach of totalitarianism is the collapse of the family. Finally, we promote the family because it is the primary repository of love in our society."

The FAMILIOKRATOS CALL in favour respect and dignity of life in the human family asserts that the rights presented in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are inherent to every human being and that governmental representatives, politicians, and all other decision-makers to interpret UDHR in order to respect, promote and reinforce the commitment of their government in the UDHR, and should reaffirm the right to life to all members of the human family, including the unborn child. The petition also calls on governments to: protect the family "as the fundamental group unit of society," give special assistance to motherhood and childhood and promote the rights of parents. (UDHR articles 3, 16, 25 and 26).