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UN-Sponsored Report Would Destroy Communities by Gutting Criminal Law

Originally published at the Epoch Times

​If you like the chaos and criminality unleashed in some of our greatest cities by progressive district attorneys refusing to enforce the criminal law, you will love the “reforms” a new UN-sponsored report advocates for the entire world.

The “8 March Principles,” (pdf) as they are called, are a woke nightmare. Drafted by the International Commission of Jurists in conjunction with two UN agencies—the proposals would decriminalize socially dissipating activities such as prostitution, homeless squatter encampments, public defecation, and hard drug use. Not only that, but statutory rape laws would be hobbled, adult incest would have to be allowed, and all abortion—even at the end of gestation—would become sacrosanct.

​The Principles aren’t aimed at protecting society. Rather, they seek to ensure that decadence isn’t stigmatized. The report makes that intention clear in the introduction: “While retribution, deterrence, incapacitation and rehabilitation are generally considered to be its main purposes, criminal law may also perform an expressive function, through public condemnation of certain conduct seen as deserving reprobation and punishment.”

Continue reading at the Epoch Times.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.