OIC will urge United Nations to criminalize blasphemy

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  1. LurkerBaba

    LurkerBaba Staff Administrator

    Jul 2, 2010
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    All this over a poorly made Youtube video. Also, currently Turkey heads the OIC

    THE divide in world opinion over what constitutes free speech will be on display again this week at the United Nations, where arguments over a proposed blasphemy law were an annual feature for a decade.

    This time it is the global reaction to a YouTube video that disparages Islam's prophet Muhammad that is sure to roil the meeting of the UN General Assembly.

    Muslim leaders have vowed to discuss the offensive video from their UN platforms, sowing concern among free-speech activists of a fresh push toward an international law that would criminalise blasphemy
    . Human rights groups and Western democracies resisted such a law for years and thought they had finally quashed the matter after convincing enough nations that repressive regimes used blasphemy laws to imprison or execute dissidents.

    ''I expect that we'll regress to where we were a couple of years ago,'' said Courtney Radsch, program manager for the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at the non-profit group Freedom House.

    ''Human rights are not about protecting religions; human rights are to protect humans,'' she said. ''Who is going to be the decision-maker on deciding what blasphemy is?''

    At one end of the spectrum is France, where a magazine on Wednesday published cartoons of Muhammad as a naked, cowering man to underscore a point that even the most offensive expression should be protected.

    At the other end of the spectrum is the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, who disappointed many free-speech activists last week by suggesting limitations to freedom of speech when it was ''used to provoke or humiliate''.

    For years the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, a 57-member bloc of countries, has proposed a resolution criminalising the defamation of religion. By last year free-speech proponents had persuaded so many countries to ditch the cause that no new defamation-of-religion resolution was proposed.

    Now, Turkey heads the Organisation and the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said he would raise the topic in New York next week.

    Read more: Push to call blasphemy a crime
  3. Apollyon

    Apollyon Führer Senior Member

    Nov 13, 2011
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    Isn't Blasphemy Law doing wonders in Pakistan :rolleyes:
    Accusing anyone of Blasphemy in Pakistan is like a death warrant issued against that person usually belonging to minority. Beshram Pakistani Kaum :tsk::tsk:
  4. trackwhack

    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

    Jul 20, 2011
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    Has our species peaked intellectually? Maybe this is the beginning of the extinction of human beings. Or are these the last stands that religions are taking?

    Blasphemy at the UN by Islam, Abortion at the UN by Christianity ... Is our species going mental?
  5. rock127

    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

    Aug 12, 2009
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    Seems like Turkey has given up for membership of Europe.

    Religious fanatics now led by Turks. :dude:
  6. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

    Aug 17, 2009
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    I think it would be great oppturnity by christians /hindus/sikh`s/Buddhis /jainism and (any other which are left) to take cause with islam at UN and make some kind of interenational law that any body hurting religious feeling of above mentioned religion would be considered as blasphemy

    and then expect each other to oppose such law and them case would be automatically dropped form UN :thumb:

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