Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The international order, for your own benefit

The same United Nations that has designs on regulatory control over the internet has, to noone's surprise, its own particular views on the subject of free speech. From Agora, a translation of a part of a report by UN special rapporteur Doudou Diéne on the Danish cartoon controversy:

Finally, the Danish government’s first reaction - rejecting to take an official position on the nature and publication of the cartoons while referring to Freedom of Speech as well as rejecting to meet with the ambassadors from the Moslem countries - is symptomatic not only for the political trivialisation of Islamophobia but also, due to its consequences, to the central role those politically responsible have for the national extent and the international consequences in the shape of demonstrations and expressions of Islamophobia.

Judicially, the Danish government ought therefore, especially considering its international obligations, to have, respecting Freedom of Speech, taken a position not only on the consequnces of the caricatures for its community of 200.000 Moslems but also for the protection of peace and order.

[…] Their uncompromising defense of a Freedom of Speech without limits or restrictions is not in accordance with the international rules which are based on a necessary balance between Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion, especially to combat calls for racial and religious hatred, and which all the member countries of UN have decided are the basic rules for Human Rights. This attitude shows an alarming lack of sensitivity and understanding of the religious conviction and deep emotions of the groups of society in question. Thus the newspapers strengthen the connection between Islam and Terrorism which arose after September 11th and which is the most important reason for Islamophobia being on the rise in the world at large and in their own countries.
"[T]he connection between Islam and Terrorism which arose after September 11th"? Read the whole thing here. HT The Brussels Journal.

1 Comment:

Pietr said...

Mapmaster, stop abusing that educationally subnormal dwarf.

It isn't big and it isn't clever.