Saturday, December 10, 2005

UN regrets ... me, too!

Fjordman posts a translation of a Berlingske Tidende article covering recent UN involvement in the controversy over 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that were printed by the paper Jyllands-Posten in September:

The leader [Louise Arbour, High Commissioner for Human Rights] of the UN's work on human rights is saying in plain words that she is concerned over the drawings that Jyllands-Posten printed in September, expressing "apologies" for statements and actions demonstrating a lack of respect for the religion of other people. In a letter to the 56 member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), she states: "I understand your concerns and would like to emphasize that I regret any statement or act that could express a lack of respect for the religion of others". In a complaint to the High Commissioner, the 56 Islamic governments have asked Louise Arbour to raise the matter with the Danish government "to help contain this encroachment on Islam, so the situation won't get out of control." Two UN experts, on religous freedom and on racism and xenophobia, are said to be working on the case. The Islamic governments have expressed satisfaction with the reply from Louise Arbour.
The article also notes UNHCR passed a rather specific mission to itself back in April 2005 that now justifies it's interference in the controversy and is used to by the Islamic extreme left to manipulate the UN Organization:

In an astonishing move on 12 April 2005, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) moved from promoting respect for human rights to promoting "respect for all religions and their value systems". On Tuesday 12 April 2005, the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) passed Human Rights Resolution 2005/3 entitled, "Combating Defamation of Religions". Islam On Line (IOL) reported it this way: "The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted on Tuesday, April 12, a resolution calling for combating defamation campaigns against Islam and Muslims in the West."

There's a link to the Jyllands-Posten if you want to express your support for their freedom from oppression. I found this via Geopolitical Review, which notes, rightly, how ominous this is considering the UN is casting it's greedy little eye on the Internet.

My regrets? Well, there are actually two. One is that, while the article notes the major parties who voted against the resolution in April, it doesn't bother to tell you how Denmark did. It would have been ironic if they voted "Yea!", and, if noted, would be additional fodder for those inclined to making subtle remarks, like me. The other regret is better left unsaid.

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