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U.N. Panel OKs Measure on Islam

by Mark5019 / April 2, 2007 1:00 AM PDT

GENEVA (AP) - Islamic countries pushed through a resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday urging a global prohibition on the public defamation of religion - a response largely to the furor last year over caricatures published in a Danish newspaper of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

The statement proposed by the Organization of Islamic Conference addressed what it called a "campaign" against Muslim minorities and the Islamic religion around the world since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The resolution, which was opposed by a number of other non-Muslim countries, "expresses deep concern at attempts to identify Islam with terrorism, violence and human rights violations."

It makes no mention of any other religion besides Islam, but urges countries "to take resolute action to prohibit the dissemination of racist and xenophobic ideas and material aimed at any religion or its followers that constitute incitement and religious hatred, hostility, or violence."

The resolution was adopted by a 24-14 vote with nine abstentions. Canada, Japan and South Korea joined European countries in opposition, primarily citing its excessive focus on Islam and incompatibility with fundamental rights such as the freedoms of speech and thought.

"The problem of religious intolerance is worldwide and not limited to certain religions," said Brigitta Maria Siefker-Eberle of Germany, speaking on behalf of the 27-nation European Union.

There are 17 Muslim countries in the 47-nation human rights council. Their alliance with China, Cuba, Russia and most of the African members means they can almost always achieve a majority.

Human Rights Watch said the resolution could endanger the basic rights of individuals.


"The resolution, which was opposed by a number of other non-Muslim countries, "expresses deep concern at attempts to identify Islam with terrorism, violence and human rights violations."

they havent done much to disprove it either Sad

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070331/D8O6R8V03.html

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Does this mean that Muslims
by Diana Forum moderator / April 3, 2007 12:47 AM PDT

have to stop defaming other religions? What happens if there is still religious defamation? Who decides what is defamation?

Curiousier and curiousier.

Diana

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nope they can continue to kill
by Mark5019 / April 3, 2007 3:01 AM PDT

in the name of allah such a peaceful people

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easy to explain
by jonah jones / April 3, 2007 1:09 AM PDT

The common refrain of this session was the need to complete "institution-building," and the concern that too much activity on pressing human rights issues would undermine that focus


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Re: 24 to 14 with 9 cop-outs.....
by caktus / April 3, 2007 3:54 AM PDT

favoring a ban on speech and thought. Yet another reason the nited [N]imcompoops are a lot more trouble than they're worth.

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