Muslims: Criminalize Defamation of Islam

Ad Feedback - GENEVA - Representatives of Islamic states have proposed a resolution criminalizing defamation of Islam.

Proponents of the resolution, entitled "Combating Defamation of Religions," circulated the document at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.

The resolution states that anything deemed an affront to Islam would be subject to criminal charges.

"It is a covert package coordinated by Pakistan to the West," Leon Saltiel, communications director of Geneva-based UN Watch, explained.

"They think there is too much liberty and freedom of expression in the Western world, which therefore defames religion," Saltiel said.

"The ideas of the resolution will be incorporated into the Durban texts," Saltiel said, which will be used at the UN-sponsored Durban II conference to be held in Geneva in April.

The latest proposal banning defamation of Islam is being promoted by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, composed of 56 Islamic member states at the United Nations, which has produced annual resolutions of like kind since 1999.

"Tragically, given that Islamic states completely dominate the Human Rights Council, with the support of non-democratic members like Russia, China and Cuba, adoption of the regressive resolution is a foregone conclusion," said UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer.

"The most dire threat is coming from Geneva, where an Algerian-chaired subcommittee of the UN's Durban II racism conference has this week been seeking to amend international human rights treaty law to ban 'defamation of religion' especially Islam," Neuer said last December.

Algeria has been drafting an international protocol on the same theme, which it plans to present to the UN General Assembly in September 2009.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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