...a large proportion of them have absolutely no say in anything - even how to dress!
Well, if by this you are referring to a "disadvantaged minority" [What is the English word for a term that is completely the opposite of the truth - would that be "a lie"?] then there's no need to worry. The UN Council on Human Rights looks to have it all under control.
For example, the afternoon of 6 August 2012 was the time that the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee discusses traditional values and human rights
There, they had a weighty matter to discuss:Preliminary study on promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms through a better understanding of traditional values of humankind
. See working paper here - A/HRC/AC/9/2
The Council’s Membership is based on equitable geographical distribution. Seats are distributed as follows:
- African States: 13 seats
- Asian States: 13 seats
- Latin American and Caribbean States: 8 seats
- Western European and other States: 7 seats
- Eastern European States: 6 seats
Since membership of the UNHRC (UN Human Rights Commission) includes the People's Republic of China, Zimbabwe, Russia, Saudi Arabia
, and Pakistan
, and the past memberships of Algeria, Syria, Libya, Uganda and Vietnam, then I think you will see that we can all rest easy that the matter of choice of and approved/acceptable standard of dress to align with "traditional values of humankind"
will be cleared up for us, pretty soon.
By the way, according to the working paper (above), "traditional values of humankind" is not currently a defined term. Yet they are still using it anyway - odd, that.
I think the thing to note here is that whatever dress standards are stipulated as approved/acceptable, the UN must ensure that no offence is given to any religion, as a separate working group is apparently moving to make that (giving religious offence) a criminal offence, worldwide.
Quite right, and about time too.