In 2013, 20 US and European campaigners began strategizing
‘achievable goals’ to roll back human rights for
sexual and reproductive health in Europe. Documents
have recently emerged which reveal a detailed, extremist
strategy called Restoring the Natural Order: an Agenda
for Europe, which seeks to overturn existing laws on
basic human rights related to sexuality and reproduction,
such as the right to divorce; for a woman to access
contraception, assisted reproduction technologies or
have an abortion; equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
trans or intersex (LGBTI) persons; or the right to change
one’s gender or sex without fear of legal repercussions.
The initial group of campaigners has grown to
attract over 100 anti-human rights, anti-women’s rights
and anti-LGBTI organizations from over 30 European
countries and now goes by the name ‘Agenda Europe’.
Agenda Europe is a Vatican-inspired, professional
advocacy network, whose members meet in secret, and
which is directly responsible for implementing a
detailed strategy to roll back human rights.
The Agenda Europe strategy is producing concrete
results, such as the 2016 Polish bill to ban abortion,
bans on equal marriage in several Central European
countries and over a dozen comparable acts at national
level and in European institutions aiming to limit
women’s and LGBTI rights. This paper details Agenda
Europe’s aims, strategies and key players, to help
human rights defenders respond appropriately.
Keywords: Rise of ultra-conservatism in Europe,
Rolling back of Human Rights, Secret strategy of the
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