UNHRC descends further into farce

The President of the UN Human Rights Council, Doru-Romulus Costea, has ruled that Islam and sharia law may not be mentioned during debates because there are no “scholars” on the council qualified to discuss them.

The decision was made on Monday after pressure from Egypt, Pakistan, and Iran. Delegates from those nations reacted angrily to a three-minute speech on behalf of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and the Association for World Education (AWE) calling on Muslim countries to take firmer action against honour killings and female genital mutilation.

The Egyptian delegate repeatedly interrupted the speaker, accusing him of criticising Islam, and insisting that discussion of sharia “will not happen”.

As a result, mention of religion at the UNHRC is now officially taboo.

Even the Louise Arbour, the High Commissioner for Human Rights – previously a somewhat half-hearted proponent of the right to free expression – is beginning to baulk at the monster the UNHRC has become:

It is very concerning in a Council which should be… the guardian of freedom of expression, to see constraints or taboos, or subjects that become taboo for discussion. […] It is difficult for me to accept that a Council that is the guardian of legality, prevents the presentation of serious analysis or discussion on questions of the evolution of the concept of non-discrimination.

6 Responses to “UNHRC descends further into farce”

  1. marc draco says:

    Worrying, very worrying.

  2. Strappado says:

    Clearly, there are no-one on the council qualified to discuss human rights.

  3. Britannia says:

    The UNHRC fortunately has no legal power; however this latest move by the islamofacists is deeply disturbing as it applies to all fairy tales.
    So the UNHRC says “only religious scholars should be allowed to discuss matters of faith”. Yet the religionists continue to demand the right to poke their bigoted snouts into every area of politics and scientific research. I sense a new totalitarianism.

  4. marc draco says:

    Strappado: it seems to me, there’s no one on the UNHRC with either brains or a decent backbone.

  5. Steve says:

    BAsically human righths now comes down to…oooooo…we can’t insult any made-up religous code even if it it wold be considered sick, unethical and barbaric if it were secular and didn’t have any mythical being as and excuse for its existence.

    So, now once again I wait for the C of E to create their own version of Sharia Law so they can be as biggoted as they want to be without any recourse form any human rights council.

  6. G. Tingey says:

    How about some REAL scholars?
    Ones who are expert in the unfair and fair treatment of all people< and the exercise of cruelty, and why it is wrong?
    And why Sharia is, therefore wrong?

    Could be interesting.