UN Bans "Defamation of Religion" in Islamic Bid to Curb Free Speech
Tuesday, 25 November 2008, 11:03 am
Press Release: UN Watch
UN Bans "Defamation of Religion" in Islamic Bid to Curb Free Speech but advocacy campaign reduces support from 108 to 85 votes
Geneva, November 24, 2008 - By a vote of 85 to 50, with 42 abstaining, the UN General Assembly today adopted a draft resolution calling on all countries to alter their legal and constitutional systems to prevent "defamation of religions," asserting that "Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism."
The decision, sponsored by Islamic states with the support of Venezuela and Belarus, drew immediate protests from human rights activists and legal experts.
"This is just the latest shot in an intensifying campaign of UN resolutions that dangerously seek to import Islamic anti-blasphemy prohibitions into the discourse of international human rights law," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, an independent human rights monitoring group in Geneva.
"Human rights were designed to protect individuals -- to guarantee every person free speech and free exercise of religion -- but most certainly not to shield any set of beliefs, religion included."
"These resolutions legitimize the criminalization of free speech in countries like Sudan, Egypt, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia," said Neuer. "Muslim moderates, bloggers, women seeking basic freedoms -- all of these will be the first to suffer from the worsening climate of state repression in the name of state-supported Islamic orthodoxy."
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I am, quite literally, gobsmacked ... I thought we lived in a world that enshrines the principles of free speech but it would seem, that if this becomes law, that we do not. There are now Sharia, Jewish & other law courts in the UK, creationism and other faith-based initiatives are sneaking their way into UK schools via the wide open back door of the academy programme, and somehow it remains respectable to believe in invisible, undetectable entities.
There was once a time when people were not able to speak out about the excesses of religion, afraid because they feared the consequences and that time was known as the Dark Ages and I am very scared that we may be on our way back there.
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