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The UN 'Inhuman' Rights Council

by Alamgir Hossain

05 Apr, 2008

Islamic leaders, in the recently concluded OIC summit in Dakar (13-14 March), adopted "A Ten-Year Program of Action" to meet challenges facing the Muslim Ummah. The action plan, among other goals, calls on the United Nations to combat Islamophobia, and to enact laws to counter defamation, denigration and stereotyping of Islam, including penalties as deterrent.

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was waiting on its toes to follow the OIC agenda. On 29 March, UNHRC adopted a resolution, proposed by Islamic countries, condemning defamation of religion and urging nation states to ban it, on a 21-10 vote, despite opposition from Europe and Canada.

Western countries voted against the resolution because of its potential usage to limit freedom of expression. The Saudi delegation, spearheading the resolution, countered the European position by charging that "it is regrettable that there are false translations and interpretations of the freedom of expression."

The problem with the Saudi position is that their society has no concept of free  expression. It existed in pre-Islamic Arabia and the Prophet Muhammad used it to its limit, allowing him to openly preach that the existing pagan religion of Mecca was false and condemned by Allah and that Judaism and Christianity were perverted, corrupted or misunderstood. He preached these messages without ever suffering any violence or physical harm, whatsoever.

While exploiting the existing tolerance and freedom of expression to its extreme, the Prophet also banned any freedom of expression that questioned his actions and doctrines. He ordered the poets, critics and apostates to be killed as recorded in Quranic passages and in his original early biographies written by pious Muslim historians. The Saudi society has never seen freedom of expression ever since.

Even today, carrying the Bible or any other religious scripture is banned.  One faces imprisonment for preaching non-Muslim religions and definite death for converting Muslims to other religions. Saudis are building mosques all over the West and spreading virulent Islamist extremism, but a Catholic delegation, seeking to negotiate the building of a church in Saudi Arabia, recently returned empty handed from the holy kingdom.

This is the concept of Saudi freedom of expression, of religion and of human rights. Probably, the Christian West should apply this correct interpretation of freedom of expression and religious rights in their countries to make the Saudis happy.

Socrates was put to death in 399 BCE for insisting on his right to speak his mind. In 1644 CE, John Milton, in his fight for freedom of expression long dead in Europe, urged the British parliament: "Give me the liberty to know, to utter, to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties." He emphasized that the duty of the government was to serve the people, and central to this was freedom of expression.

The great legal mind of 18th century, Sir William Blackstone, while arguing (1769-69) in favor of unfettered freedom of expression also warned of the downside of it that if one expresses or publishes what is improper, mischievous, or illegal: "he must take the consequences of his own temerity."

These ideas of freedom of expression were codified in a government charter, namely the French Constitution, for the first time in 1789. It was adopted in the US constitution two years later and all Western liberal democracies gradually followed suit.

The UNHRC charter adopted the idea of freedom of expression in article 19 of its Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, which reads: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

The UN also adopted another clause on freedom of religion in Article 18, which reads: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."

While the Saudis lecture the world about 'what is correct and what is not' about freedom of expression, one is left to wonder how the Saudi system of freedom of expression conforms to those of the UNHRC charter.

Of course, one must be responsible for what he expresses. Any complaint against someone's views must be brought to the court of law to determine whether the person expressed views are correct or not and where those ideas came from. If incorrect, then whether they are motivated by mischievous goals or not! Imposing a wholesale ban on any kind of expression, as intended in the latest UNHRC resolution, is exactly the opposite of what freedom of expression stands for.

The UNHRC, in its own charter, is committed to upholding freedom of expression, not to undermining it as it has done by adopting this latest resolution. Instead, the UNHRC should some time looking into how these core values of its charter are being applied in Saudi Arabia and make sure that, as a co-signatory, the Saudis apply those principles meticulously.

It is an insult to the very name of UNHRC to kowtow to the lectures and design of the Saudis who are among the worst violators of human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of religion. The wider Islamic world also violates these basic rights of citizens more often and widely than most nations in the rest of the world.

It is obvious that the real intent of the UNHRC's latest resolution is to silence criticism and freedom of expression in Western countries where this fundamental human right is exercised in good measure in the true sense of it—albeit lately stunted by Islamist intimidation, threats of violence and even murder.

Obviously, Islam and Muslims have been on the receiving side of criticism through the exercise of freedom of expression in Western countries, mostly for valid reasons. Instead of taking measures to rectify their shortcomings—such as reforming their religious texts and doctrines as well as scrutinizing their behaviors—Muslims have launched a campaign to undermine this basic right of man, established in the West, at the cost of great deal of human blood and sufferings.

The UNHRC's decision to join hands with the supersensitive and intolerant Muslims to undermine its own central mission will turn it into an "Inhuman Rights Council" in the least.

Name: Gail
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 06:14:57 -0700


If defamation of religion and language to incite violence is banned, it actually bans the Koran which itself openly defames Judaism, Christianity and polytheism, which are all religions and further, it incites violence. It meets all of the criteria of language which is banned by its own resolution. Think it through. Best regards, Gail 

Name: The quran is right!!! Evidence that sperm turns into clot!
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 06:43:08 -0700


Just look at the stains on your bed! They all become clot blots after a while. 

Just discovered a little muslim in my refrigerator. Kept blood sausages there. 

Just look at the suicide bombers. They all become clot again. 

Name: UN Hater
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 08:06:14 -0700


Okay, the UN approved the resolution. We are America... "We don't need no stinken UN!" 

Name: Muslims want everything
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 10:33:10 -0700


It´s really not so funny with Islam. Muslim countries don´t sign the human rights declaration because they think islam is more important than freedom and humanity. Now they are against the freedom to critisize their religion while they keep fighting everywhere for their right to deny the holocaust. And muslim women fight for their right for hidjab and to get beaten by their husbands. In a few years when they are out of oil and water they will complain if we don´t feed them. This is really too much. 

Name: Cletus
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 11:10:35 -0700


It's funny that the UNHRC as Egypt, China, Russia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Qatar, Mexico and Cuba as members. Human Rights indeed. 

Name: Judas Thomas
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 12:12:22 -0700


What we really need is a law against superstition, creationism and all the islamic Hula-Bula Hokus Pokus stuff. Instead we have laws that protect religion and rights to keep all this witchcraft alive until we are all dead and the world is back in the dark age. comfort ye! If the world would be perfect, we all progressive people would´nt have anything to do to improve it. There wouldn´t be any heroes like us on the world!  

Name: The Prophet Mohammed
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 12:43:22 -0700


The UN is a useless organisation and that is all it is. It is a company that produces nothing that has patented the name United Nations. It is an organisation only good at issuing orders and doing nothing else. It offers well paid salaries and a lot of travelling and other perks such as little girls as prostitutes when the UN organisation send their people to some country or other. 

Name: Human Rights Activist
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 15:57:29 -0700


1) Only Islam can be practiced. 2) Non-Muslims will go to hell upon death, finare jahannam. 3) To enjoy the 72 virgins, a little sacrifice has to be made on earth for men. muslim women are doomed anyway and are brainless to think. 4) Every male is encouraged to grow a billy goat beard, as women love massaging it, it's very sexy, the bigger the better as preached by Mo. 5) Anybody with opposing views will be sent to heaven instantly by Mo's mob. Lets all fight for a better world. Congratulations to the UN for destroying the right to live. 

Name: agnostic
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 16:55:21 -0700


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been murdered by the evil OIC. Yesterday’s attack by the Islamists, led by Pakistan, the bastard nation created by the evil British to punish Hindu India because their parasitism ended, wielded the knife that stabbed the right of freedom of expression and constitutes an act of racial or religious discrimination .What next? We have to seek the permission of braindead rapists muslims to breathe? The West has in its power to immediately stop all funding to the UN, throw the United Nazis out of comfortable New York to the vast desert of Arabia where they rightly belong . These their camel buggering and goat shagging filthy muslims should not be let off. We non muslims should all push for nuking all islamic countries, staring with Pakistan that has nukes. It's either them or us. The sooner the better. We simply do not have the luxury of time. Islam and muslims have nothing to lose - they all love death and yearn for it. We should assist them to reach their allah busy making virgins for them to deflower. Nuke Mecca and Medina dissolving into a mushroom cloud - the land unfit for a thousand years for starters. Muslims must be made to understand that the Free World will not stand idly to allow the last left over barbarism to enslave us.  

Name: Another UN Hater
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 17:09:02 -0700


Hater is too strong a word. Contempt is better. The current UN building is about sixty years old and is rotting away. The UN wants the US to build it a new headquarters in NYC. I would prefer we give them an eviction notice. That would free up a lot of land and office space in Manhattan, for people who WORK for a living.  

Name: balam
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 19:33:45 -0700


Time has come to wake up from this dream of United Nations.It should be broken up into two.The united nations of UMMAH with its head quarters in Saudi Arabia,with Human Rights for Muslims only and no Human Rights for Non-Muslims.Sharia Laws To be applied to non-muslims till they submit to allah without reservations and allow muslims to enter thir houses to be violated by their muslim masters,who believe that they are superior to non-Muslim people as told by allah.The non-muslims can have their Head- Quarters in any Non-Muslim country,which is Democratic and believes and respects human rights for all.Let no body try to interfere and try to resolve disputes of the Muslim Ummah.If they kill one another,they can easily reproduce and make up the number.Let them live in the seventh centuary Arabian Culture called ISLAM.  

Name: SomeOne
Date: Saturday April 05, 2008
Time: 07:28:15 -0700


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Name: Re: Quran on Jews and Christians
Date: Saturday April 05, 2008
Time: 11:49:35 -0700


The quran is the only holy scripture that declares that humans are made from clot. This is revealed in the very first surah 96 which was ever made public. The quran is wrong from the beginning, from the first day islam teaches wrong things! 

Name: Hey clot idiot!
Date: Saturday April 05, 2008
Time: 12:58:03 -0700


Hey clot idiot! Stop spamming the forum with the same BS! 

Name: Re: Hey clot idiot!
Date: Saturday April 05, 2008
Time: 14:11:11 -0700


If you are out of arguments you start insulting. The same strategy as before. But who is the greatest spammer here? It´s you, the superpasters and clot-believers! Here, read this: . This reveals why we CANNOT be made from clot!  

Name: Free Speaker
Date: Saturday April 05, 2008
Time: 23:22:39 -0700


You want free speech? Go down to Harlem and start screaming, "I hate niggers!!!"  

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