Defamation of religion passages dropped from Durban II document
Excellent news from the UN, where threats by the European Union to join the US, Italy, Israel and Canada in boycotting April’s anti-racism conference, Durban II, have resulted in a victory over the OIC. Passages relating to “defamation of religions”, as well as perceived anti-semitic references to the Palestinian territories and Middle East, have been dropped from the meeting’s draft declaration.
Durban II may not turn out to be such a farce after all.
the Dutch, for instance, demand that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation be condemned, and the U.S. doesn’t want a full reaffirmation of the 2001 Durban Declaration, which accused Israel of racist practices.
The Dutch have submitted their own proposal which adds new language affirming the importance of free expression, and the inadmissability of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Good luck with that one, you Dutch.