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U.N. Human Rights Council Votes to Prevent Free Speech

U.N. Human Rights Council Votes to Prevent Free Speech

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Published by Curtis Edward Clark
It would seem now that Islam and the Human Rights Council is legitimately associated with the violations of free speech.
It would seem now that Islam and the Human Rights Council is legitimately associated with the violations of free speech.

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Published by: Curtis Edward Clark on Apr 01, 2009
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The original doc. at http://freeassemblage.blogspot.com/2009/04/un-human-rights-council-votes-to.html contains hyperlinks to references.Wednesday, April 1, 2009U.N. Human Rights Council Votes to Prevent Free Speech >It would seem now that Islam and the Human Rights Council is legitimatelyassociated with the violations of free speech.<Muslim countries have been pressing for a United Nations Human Rights Councilresolution calling on nations around the world to pass laws criminalizing thealleged “defamation” of religion – specifically Islam.This week the Council passed the resolution.A simple majority of 23 members of the 47-nation Human Rights Council voted infavor of the resolution. Eleven mostly Western nations opposed it and 13 countriesabstained. "It is individuals who have rights and not religions," said Canadiandiplomat Terry Cormier. Canada's criticism was echoed by European Union countries,all of which voted against the proposal."Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations andterrorism," the resolution said. It would seem now that Islam and the Human RightsCouncil is legitimately associated with the violations of free speech.The United States did not vote on the resolution because it is not a member of thecouncil. The Bush administration announced it was virtually giving up on the bodyand would participate in debates only if absolutely necessary because of thecouncil's anti-Israel statements and its failure to act on abuses in Sudan andelsewhere.The proposal by Pakistan had drawn strong criticism from free-speech campaignersand liberal democracies. The resolution urges states to provide "protectionagainst acts of hatred, discrimination, intimidation and coercion resulting fromdefamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred in general."Muslim nations have argued that religions, in particular Islam, must be shieldedfrom criticism in the media and other areas of public life. They cited cartoonsdepicting the Prophet Muhammad as an example of unacceptable free speech.But the "laws" or cannons of one religion should not be binding on people of otherfaiths, nor even upon those within the faith who disagree. In many cases, however,Muslim Shura, a form of social rules backed up by, in many cases, Sharia Law,forces other Muslims to adhere to the wishes of the community.http://www.alhewar.com/SadekShura.htmIndia, which normally votes along with the council's majority of developingnations, abstained in protest at the fact that Islam was the only religionspecifically named as deserving protection.Efforts by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) have paid off ingetting such a resolution passed – and we can count on the OIC to continue itsglobal campaign to criminalize free speech that allegedly “defames” Islam.Condensed and edited fromhttp://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iRHXSIoJJdXQpG3kPrRO2LWMnWTAD975SKN01 and http://www.actforamerica.org/index.php/learn/recent-news

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