OIC muslims get TV crew kicked out of UN debate on human rights, free speech

by Kal El on January 24, 2009 · View Comments

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The religion of peace won’t even allow a meeting on free speech to be filmed. I wonder why…

TV crew expelled from UN meeting on freedom of expression

The journalists were working on a documentary on how the issue of human rights is debated at the United Nations.

Geneva — A television production crew was expelled Thursday from a United Nations meeting discussing freedom of expression and defamation of religions.

Two journalists from the French-German cultural channel ARTE were asked to leave a meeting room at the UN’s European headquarters during a public session of a human rights body preparing for a racism conference in South Africa later this year.

The journalists were working on a documentary on how the issue of human rights is debated at the United Nations.

According to a diplomatic source, the expulsion announced by the chairman of the session, Russian representative Yuri Boychenko, was requested by the Organisation of Islamic Conference and by the African group of states.

“It is regrettable that he was not informed of the procedures that allow a public session to become a private one,” Marie Heuze, chief spokeswoman at the UN in Geneva said.

The expulsion took place when the debate was raging on freedom of expression and the defamation of religions, two issues which are proving particularly sensitive in a proposed declaration for the conference in Durban, South Africa.

According to Muslim participants, human rights should take into account defamation of religions, while the Europeans are opposed to its inclusion.

A British delegate said any mention of this concept in the resolution “damages the prospects” of a successful conference in Durban.

According to a diplomatic source, at least three European countries — Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands, have threatened to boycott the conference if the resolution is accepted.

The United States, Canada and Israel have already said they would not attend the event, which is scheduled to take place April 20 to 24.

The earlier 2001 Durban conference on racism, held just a few days before the September 11 attacks on the United States and against the backdrop of the second Palestinian intifada, ended in acrimony amid accusations of anti-Semitism.

Is this how the UN defends freedom of speech and expression? With resolutions criminalizing the defamation of religion? No one ever whines when someone insults Christianity or Judaism, or Buddhism for that matter. But tell the truth about islam, like saying it’s violent and intolerant, and muslims react with violence and intolerance.

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  • Alice in Wonderland

    As long as Muslims condemn cartoons, they forfeit their right of free speech.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JEWHAWK JEWHAWK

    That's what happen when 57 muslim countries DOMINATE an entire agenda in which NONE of them has the minimum qualification to even speak about .
    Receiving a lecture about racism and human rights from the racists and human rights abusers themselves is a giant,bitter pill to swallow.

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