What kind of honour is it?
Mr President, integrating the human rights of women throughout the United Nations system must start here in the Human Rights Council. No State should be permitted to hide behind tradition, culture or religion in order to justify any abuse of women’s human rights. This Council is the World’s primary institution charged with the promotion and protection of human rights, and has a sacred duty to fulfil. It must be possible here to freely exercise the right to freedom of expression in order to defend the human rights of all, including women, and to expose abuse, whatever the attempted justification.
Including women indeed; women most of all, since we’re the ones whose rights get snatched away and trampled in the dust by the religious bullies.
But of course Roy Brown wasn’t allowed to get away with it completely unopposed.
Later, a Pakistani delegate stopped Brown on the way to lunch to complain that he had “told only half of the truth” because honour killings were outlawed in Pakistan and that the police had arrested several people in connection with the two barbaric killings we had mentioned. Furthermore, the marriage of young girls was not on the increase in Saudi Arabia as we had claimed.
Too bad the Pakistani delegate is more worried about Roy Brown than about murders of women and child marriage in Pakistan.