Universal Human Rights declared dead
For the past eleven years the organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), representing the 57 Islamic States, has been tightening its grip on the throat of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yesterday, 28 March 2008, they finally killed it.
The fundamental human right to freedom of expression was fatally curbed when the HRC voted hat the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression will be required to report on its “abuse” by anyone who speaks out against Islam in what is deemed to be “an act of racial or religious discrimination”.
Roy Brown of the Humanist and Ethical Union described the amendment, voted for by the OIC and supported by those bastions of human rights China, Cuba, and Russia±
Yesterday’s attack by the Islamists, led by Pakistan, had the subtlety of a thin-bladed knife slipped silently under the ribs of the Human Rights Council.
He is now calling for states who are genuinely concerned with human rights to withdraw from the Council, and possibly create an alternative organisation which is not in thrall to “a narrow, medieval worldview defined exclusively in terms of man’s duties towards Allah”.