Islamic countries press UN to ‘root out’ Islamophobia in Western nations

From The National Post

Muslim states push for UN action on ‘Islamophobia’

A woman demonstrates outside the Saudi government-funded Islamic  Saudi Academy on Jun. 17, 2008 in Alexandria, Virginia.

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A woman demonstrates outside the Saudi government-funded Islamic Saudi Academy on Jun. 17, 2008 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Steven Edwards, Canwest News Service · Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2010

UNITED NATIONS — Muslim governments on Wednesday pressed the United Nations to step up investigations of Western countries to root out what they call “Islamophobia” — defined by them as discrimination against people of the Muslim faith.

Delegates from Islamic countries, such as Egypt, Iran and Pakistan, drafted new guidelines for the UN’s freedom-of-religion investigator that say Western diplomats aim to shield Islam from commentary Muslims might deem derogatory.

During a debate in front of the UN Human Rights Council, they also charged that the UN’s anti-racism investigator — in a report he tabled about his activities — had not focused enough on what they called the rising incidence of discrimination against Muslims in Western countries.

According to the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the anti-racism investigator should focus on what it called “contemporary” racism, “particularly in Western societies.”

The group said Islamophobia was growing “particularly in the countries of the North.”

Egypt and Libya also charged that Muslims were targets of racism and discrimination in Western countries.

“People of foreign descent, such as Africans, Arabs, Muslims and Asians, do face derogatory stereotyping and stigmatization in an environment of victimization and xenophobia and, at times, violence,” said Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin, the Egyptian delegate.

From Ottawa, Canada called for a “constructive approach” to ensuring the right of freedom of religion.

But the OIC is likely to see their new guidelines for the freedom-of-religion investigator approved, since Muslim countries and allies — such as Cuba, Russia and China — form a voting bloc in the Geneva-based body that overshadows that of the Western democracies.

Once passed, the new mandate is likely to see Western countries come under increased UN pressure to prevent criticism of Islam, even if that means overriding traditional freedom-of-speech protections.

One provision calls on the UN investigator to “work closely with mass media organizations to ensure that they create and promote an atmosphere of respect and tolerance for religious and cultural diversity,” according to the draft that Pakistan tabled on behalf of the OIC.

Many human-rights groups have argued that Islamic countries seek enhanced “protections” against religious discrimination in order to justify crackdowns in their own countries against apostates and others deemed to be working against the Islam religion.

“UN Watch is alarmed by the Islamic bloc’s attempt to turn an international shield for religious freedom into a sword for religious-motivated state censorship,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based watchdog group. “It’s part of a larger campaign to invert the real danger of Islamist extremism into an imagined narrative of Western victimization of Islam and its adherents.”

Veteran UN-accredited activist David Littman highlighted that the focus on the West appeared out of place when the council has “yet to address” a charge made in the chamber last week by Syria that Israeli children are taught to sing about drinking the blood off Arabs.

The claim recalls an ancient blood libel claiming that Jews use human blood in their religious and other rituals.

Related reading: ” Eight years after 9/11, where’s the Islamophobia” by Barbara Kay

5 Replies to “Islamic countries press UN to ‘root out’ Islamophobia in Western nations”

  1. Give me a freakin break there is very little discrimination against most ordinary Muslims who go about their daily lives like the rest of us. However when the radical islamist hate mongers start all of this in your face crap that they frequently pull. You can bet your bottom dollar WE are not going to take it. Perhaps all of this perceived Islamophobia would subside when Christophobia, Budaphobia, Hinduphobia, Jewophobia, and all hate and disdain toward the dreaded and ‘unclean ‘Infidel stops or subsides we will look upon the practitioners of ‘The Religion Of Peace’ in a more friendly and understanding manner. How many people were killed in the last 1400+ yrs. when their only crime was to be an infidel?

  2. they want to shut us up these fffffff…… Morons ass……… (&$/(&%_(/*&%_( and all the bible terms J……… C……. dammits !!

  3. The UN proves once again that its acronym stands for United Ayrabs and Dunked-in-Camel-Dung-Ayrab-Sandal Lickers, period. And, by allowing this nonsense to go ahead, all gutless Western political leaders sure prove over and over again how much they love to get their mouths totally stuffed with that camel poop.

    I’m sorry about the scatological analogy, but that’s truly what’s going on, and anyone who’s woken up and smelled the coffee (or, rather, the camel crap) knows that.

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