Skip to comments.UN rights council passes Islamic resolution on religious defamation
Posted on 03/27/2008 4:33:23 PM PDT by knighthawk
GENEVA (AP) - The top U.N. rights body on Thursday passed a resolution proposed by Islamic countries saying it is deeply concerned about the defamation of religions and urging governments to prohibit it. The European Union said the text was one-sided because it primarily focused on Islam.
The U.N. Human Rights Council, which is dominated by Arab and other Muslim countries, adopted the resolution on a 21-10 vote over the opposition of Europe and Canada. EU countries, including France, Germany and Britain, voted against. Previously EU diplomats had said they wanted to stop the growing worldwide trend of using religious anti-defamation laws to limited free speech. The document, which was put forward by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, expresses deep concern at attempts to identify Islam with terrorism, violence and human rights violations.
Although the text refers frequently to protecting all religions, the only religion specified as being attacked is Islam, to which eight paragraphs refer.
The resolution «notes with deep concern the intensification of the campaign of defamation of religions and the ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities in the aftermath of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The EU said, «International human rights law protects primarily individuals in their exercise of their freedom of religion or belief, not religions or beliefs as such. Speaking for the EU, Slovenian Ambassador Andrej Logar said the 27-nation body was committed to tolerance, nondiscrimination and freedom of religion. But instead of a one-sided approach, it would be better to engage in dialogue with mutual respect.
The resolution «urges states to take actions to prohibit the dissemination ... of racist and xenophobic ideas» and material that would incite to religious hatred. It also urges states to adopt laws that would protect against hatred and discrimination stemming from religious defamation.
Saudi Arabia said, «Maybe Islam is one of the most obvious victims of aggressions under the pretext of freedom of expression.
«It is regrettable that there are false translations and interpretations of the freedom of expression,» the Saudi delegation told the council, adding that no culture should incite to religious hatred by attacking sacred teachings.
Some 15 OIC members hold seats on the 47-nation council. All but Gabon, which abstained, voted for the resolution. India, as one of 14 countries to abstain, said the text addressed the problem insufficiently from a narrow perspective because it focused on one religion.
The pressure to protect religions from defamation has been growing ever since a Danish magazine published caricatures of Muhammad, provoking riots across the Islamic world in 2006 in which dozens of people were killed. The publication of a different caricature in a Swedish newspaper last year again led to protests from Muslims.
Islamic tradition forbids pictures of Muhammad, and Muslims claimed the caricatures were intended to insult their faith.
The resolution expresses «grave concern at the serious recent instances of deliberate stereotyping of religions, their adherents and sacred persons in the media.
In a separate vote, South Korea joined European countries and Japan in passing a U.N. resolution against human rights abuses in North Korea.
It was only the second time since 2003 that Seoul has supported a U.N. resolution on North Korean human rights rather than abstain.
The U.N. Human Rights Council in the resolution expressed deep concern about continuing reports of systematic violations in the North. The council decided to extend the appointment of a U.N. expert to investigate the country for another year.
It adopted the resolution on a 22-7 vote, with 18 abstentions. The no votes included China, Cuba, Russia, Indonesia, Egypt, Malaysia and Nicaragua.
"Maybe Islam is one of the most obvious victims of aggressions under the pretext of freedom of expression"
Maybe that is because islam is the most aggressive 'religion' in the world, looking at it's violent past and even more violent present. Like since 9/11 almost 10.800 acts of terrorism have been made by muslims. Maybe once mosques stop preaching hate, maybe when people like Palestinians will stop inciting their children to kill and die for allah, maybe then this resolution makes sence.
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No ~ all of this is because Moslems, as a group, are the world’s largest group of whiners.
Yet another reason to eject the UN from our soil. A quick google search reveals who is responsable for most acts of hate based on religion and lets just say it sure isn`t Hindus.
This pedophille death cult really needs to make up its mind because you cant cry like little girls after the horrific acts they commit are pointed out.
Telling the truth is not a hate crime !
Can any sane person entertain any islamic country being on a world-wide "Human Rights" council, never mind the majority of the membership?
I would call it the "Human Joke Council", and announce universal rejection of such a self-serving asinine proposal.
The OIC is the largest voting block in the UN and is the political arm of the global jihad, and its function is to serve as cover for their jihadis and protect them:
Terrorism As a Right
With the Organization of the Islamic Conference defending any act committed on behalf of "national liberation," the United Nations cannot even issue an unequivocal condemnation of terrorism, let alone join the struggle to eliminate it...
The reason for this failure is that the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which comprises fifty-[seven] of the UN's 191 members, defends terrorism as a right...
Part of their own declared agenda includes:
1. Strengthen:No prizes for guessing what that last one means.
a) Islamic solidarity among Member States;
b) Cooperation in the political, economic, social, cultural and scientific fields:
c) The struggle of all Muslim people to safeguard their dignity, independence and national rights.
2. Coordinate action to:
a) Safeguard the Holy Places;
b) Support the struggle of the Palestinian people and assist them in recovering their rights and liberating their occupied territories.
What we have here, is their own official to further their jihad by political and financial means, while undermining the kuffar at their own UN by voting as a block. They ignore the UN Declaration of Human rights whenever they see fit, and came up with their own rules, in effect conceding that islam is not compatible with human rights no matter how much lip service they pay to agreements.
...It is clear that Islamic militants are quite aware of the incompatibility of Islam and The 1948 Declaration of Human Rights. For these militants met in Paris in 1981 to draw up an Islamic Declaration of Human Rights which left out all freedoms that contradicted Islamic law...
In 1990 the IDHR became the "Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam," and was backed by the OIC itself. Essentially, the OIC picks up the ball from the terrorists and all those "misunderstanders of Islam" trying an attempt at plausible deniability, but not doing a good job of it.
Their aim of "coordinating action" to "safeguard the Holy Places" is in effect a declaration of acting as the saud/wahhabis international political arm to keep the hijaz under wahhabi control to legitimize their vile message as the custodians of the holy sites.
The only reason they want to unity in the islamic ummah is so they can build the strength to undermine and defeat us "filthy kuffar" once and for all.
Or as they say in the islamic world, "First the Saturday people and then the Sunday people."
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Without proportional representation, the UN is a joke. When a tiny city-state like Kuwait has as muchof a vote as a megastate, the process is no more democratic.
Even if it was, general incompetence would not get the UN to achieve anything substantial.
The UN is now officially part of the Islamic Jihad to subjugate the world.
Muzzies should pass this law unto themselves... they are the only bunch of neanderthal-minded buffoons whose official governments introduce concepts of intolerance and anti-infidelism, right from kindergarten.
It’s good. China has immeiately backed off their attack on Buddhists in Tibet and Palestinians have all gone home.
Islam is a murderous mideval tyranny that must be utterly and completely destroyed.
I EUronate on the UN, but I refuse to paeon them..