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The UN’s Human Rights Council, on Friday, passed an Amendment to “report on instances where the abuse of the right of freedom of expression constitutes an act of racial or religious discrimination, taking into account Articles 19(3) and 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and General Comment 15 of the Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination which stipulates that the prohibition of the dissemination of all ideas based upon racial superiority or hatred is compatible with the freedom of opinion and expression.”



Quote:U.S. charges Islamic countries want to limit free speech
By Eliane Engeler, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GENEVA — The United States, Canada and some European countries said Tuesday that Islamic nations were trying to limit freedom of speech at the UN by trying to make an independent rights expert scrutinize individuals instead of dictatorial regimes.

The amendment passed by the UN Human Rights Council in its rush to adjourn Friday told its expert on freedom of expression to report on people who abuse their free speech rights to espouse racial and religious discrimination.

The measure, proposed by Egypt and Pakistan, passed 32-0 with the support of Islamic, Arab and African nations. European nations and some other countries abstained.

“The resolution adopted attempts to legitimize the criminalization of expression,” said Warren W. Tichenor, U.S. ambassador to the UN in Geneva.

The document seeks to impose “restrictions on individuals rather than to emphasize the duty and responsibility of governments to guarantee, uphold, promote and protect human rights,” he told the council.

The United States is not a member of the council but has rights to speak as an observer.

The expert should “report instances in which the abuse of the right of freedom of expression constitutes an act of racial or religious discrimination,” according to the measure.

Ambeyi Ligabo, a legal expert from Kenya, currently holds the post.

Slovenia’s ambassador Andrej Logar, speaking on behalf of the European Union, said “the focus of the mandate is shifting from protection of freedom of expression to limitation thereto.”

Terry Cormier, a member of the Canadian delegation, said the resolution “turns the special rapporteur’s mandate on its head.”

“The job of a special rapporteur is not to police the action of individuals. It is to monitor and support the compliance of states with their international human rights obligations,” he told the council.

The 47-nation council is dominated by Arab and other Muslim countries.

Pakistani Ambassador Masood Khan, who was speaking on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, denied that the resolution would limit free speech.

It only tries to make freedom of expression responsible, he said.

Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Shoukry said there was a growing trend to erode human rights law, permitting “some of the worst practices that incite racial and religious hatred.”

Islamic groups have been demanding limits on free speech since a Danish magazine published caricatures of Muhammad, provoking riots across the Islamic world in 2006.

Ligabo told the Associated Press in an interview last month that he was against any groups of individuals inciting hatred based on religious belief.

But, he said: “We advocate the rights of individuals, not of a particular belief or ideology.” Paris-based group Reporters Without Borders condemned the amendment.

“It turns someone who is supposed to defend freedom of opinion into a prosecutor whose job is to go after those who abuse this freedom,” it said.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the resolution turns the expert’s mandate into a policing function over individual freedom of expression and questioned the very basis of media freedom and independence.


ISLAMIC PETITION
Just another reason to get the UN out of the US, and that US out of the UN. We are totally wasting our time and resourceses keeping this Turkey afloat.

ENOUGH!!
Quote:European nations and some other countries abstained.

Wonder which nations and we should be criticizing them for their lack of a back bone.
scpg02 Wrote:
Quote:European nations and some other countries abstained.

Wonder which nations and we should be criticizing them for their lack of a back bone.

The best thing to do is just remain "mum" and just withdraw, when the lease is over for those Idiots. Just don't renew the property lease and calmly ask them to get out, and learn to get along without 25% PLUS of their budget.

Screw Them, and the horse they rode in on.
This is a serious threat to life as we know it.

Please help me to remember, wasn't it Bush who criticized the Europeans for the Mohammed cartoons? Bush, the coward? Seems you country is afraid to publish stuff like that, not Europe. We don't have the problem of integrating Muslims of course, we marginalize them, thus protecting our culture.
Q, deranged garbage as usual. I find I am using 'garbage' alot, because it is what I keep seeing more and more of these days.

Human rights council, last I checked it was held by some real champions of freedom.
Gunnen4you, you're an idiot. The precondition for your job, if I may add. :lol:
quadrat Wrote:Gunnen4you, you're an idiot. The precondition for your job, if I may add. :lol:

"Q" Check your PM.
Now that they are 'found out' they are hot to get their hearings closed to the public. Tryanny always thrives in the dark, where the light of day is not possible. Shock