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U.N. Human Rights Council Moves Away From ‘Dangerous’ Defamation of Religion Concept

Posted in Christian, Civil Rights, Constitution, Fascism, Islam, United Nations with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by saynsumthn

CNS News 3/25/2011

Revulsion at Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and the murder this year of two leading opponents of those laws may have dealt a final blow to the Islamic world’s controversial “religious defamation” campaign at the United Nations.

In a significant development in Geneva late Thursday, the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted, by consensus, a resolution on combating intolerance based on religion.

Unlike similar measures in previous years, the resolution dropped altogether the Organization of the Islamic Conference’s cherished concept of “defamation” of religions, and it dropped all direct references to Islam.

It also did not, as was the case with previous texts, promote legal restrictions on peaceful free expression – although it did call on countries to adopt “measures to criminalize incitement to imminent violence based on religion or belief.”

It was the first time since 1999 that the U.N.’s top human rights body – either the HRC or its now defunct predecessor, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights – has not adopted an annual OIC-sponsored defamation resolution.

The annual resolution also has been adopted by the full U.N. General Assembly every year since 2005.

In both the HRC and General Assembly, support for the resolution has been eroding in recent years, amid an escalating counter-campaign by religious freedom, free speech and other Christian and secular advocacy groups, some of which describe it as a “global blasphemy law.” While people can be defamed, critics say, religions cannot be.

In the most recent vote, at the General Assembly last December, the OIC resolution passed by a margin of just 12 votes – down from 57 in 2007.

With each year’s dwindling support, the OIC has tried to stem the erosion by softening the language – limiting the number of references to Islam and inserting terms like “Judeophobia” and “Christianophobia” alongside “Islamophobia.” Drafters also removed references to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Earlier versions spoke of discrimination against “Muslim minorities following the events of 11 September 2001.”)

But on Thursday, for the first time, the “defamation” concept was abandoned altogether.

Some critics of the OIC’s campaign linked the development directly to the assassinations earlier this year of the only Christian in Pakistan’s federal cabinet and a Muslim state governor, both opponents of the country’s blasphemy laws.

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