Thursday, March 26, 2009

UN Human Rights Council removes rights from humans...

... and gives them to inanimate objects and ideas.

Full Story here: A United Nations forum on Thursday passed a resolution condemning "defamation of religion" as a human rights violation, despite wide concerns that it could be used to justify curbs on free speech in Muslim countries.

The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted the non-binding text, proposed by Pakistan on behalf of Islamic states, with a vote of 23 states in favor and 11 against, with 13 abstentions.

"Defamation of religious is a serious affront to human dignity leading to a restriction on the freedom of their adherents and incitement to religious violence," the adopted text read, adding that "Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism."

It called on states to ensure that religious places, sites, shrines and symbols are protected, to reinforce laws "to deny impunity" for those exhibiting intolerance of ethnic and religious minorities, and "to take all possible measures to promote tolerance and respect for all religions and beliefs."


Unbelievable! Real rights removed from people and given to religions instead. What the hell is going on in the UN?


How was something as insane as this even considered, never mind how it passed a vote with 23 countries in favour and 13 countries who apparently couldn't care less and abstained. When I find out how the countries voted I will post up the list.

So what was Canada's position? (at least currently, I have doubts it would remain the same under a Liberal Government)

"It is individuals who have rights, not religions," Ottawa's representative told the body. "Canada believes that to extend (the notion of) defamation beyond its proper scope would jeopardize the fundamental right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom of expression on religious subjects."

A voice of common sense for now, but it did not do any good in the end.

5 comments:

Fred said...

The UNHRC is is stupid as the CHRC.

Both can go fuck themselves.

Sideways.

Ardvark said...

Watch out Darwin, you are about to become subject to anti blasphemy laws.

Anonymous said...

When are people going to realize what a waste of time and money the Useless Notions have become.

Rob C

Ardvark said...

Don't slag the UN. After all they are the ones that gave us a consensus on global warming courtesy of the IPCC; who I heard through deep anonymous sources are planning to get the UNHRC to pass an anti-AGW blasphemy resolution.

Why not?

AGW is just as much theory as religion is, and some say AGW is both.

Not Ardvark said...

I think the above post just violated the latest UNHRC resolution.

Someone call the cops!

I will give $500 dollars to anyone who emails me with Ardvarks real name and location.