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Family planning, a human right: What this means in Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 11, 2018   /  03:32 pm
Family planning, a human right: What this means in Indonesia Indonesia is recognized globally for its pioneering family planning efforts. (Shutterstock/Valeriya Anufriyeva)

The theme of this year’s World Population Day (July 11), “Family Planning is a human right”, reminds current and future generations that this hard-won human right should not be taken for granted, refuting any role for population control. The day is about reinforcing understanding of family planning (FP) within a rights-based paradigm, celebrating national achievements and repledging commitment to voluntary and informed family planning.

Fifty years ago, the United Nations human rights conference resolved in the 1968 Teheran Proclamation that “Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.” Here the idea of FP was born as a rights-based issue — a human right for couples to exercise, not state-imposed population control.

Since then treaties, conventions and agree...

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