The Organization of Islamic Co-operation Needs To Get Its Own House In Order Before It Lectures The West
Following the lobbying efforts of the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), resolution 16/18 was agreed by the United Nations. The resolution reads as follows:
“Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against, persons based on religion or belief”
Is the OIC’s motivation with regard to defamation of religion motivated by a sincere belief in protecting religious freedom or is it a means to protect religious dogma? The plight of minority religious opinion in many OIC member states may perhaps suggest an answer to this question.
We have therefore looked at two websites that look at persecution: WikiIslam, and persecution.org. There are relevant links to each site next to the OIC member state listed. Some member states have more entries than others, there is even an indication of positive measures in a small number of states.
The following OIC states appear to have the best record of tolerance based on a quick look at the two sources and are not included in the list below: Kingdom of Bahrain, Burkina-Faso (then Upper Volta), Republic of Togo, Republic of Djibouti, Republic of Suriname, Sultanate of Oman, Republic of Gabon, Republic of The Gambia, Republic of Guyana, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Republic of Mali, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Cameroon, and State of Qatar.
However, the overall picture that is created of the OIC area with regard to persecution of religious minorities is disgraceful. The OIC clearly has much work to do with its a large number of its own member states before lecturing the West and the wider world about religious tolerance. If the example of many OIC countries is anything to go by then laws to prevent defamation of religion are far from positive in their effects. This is just a snapshot based on articles included at these two websites and there are some articles that do suggest positive measures in some cases.
Consider the articles that can be viewed via the following links:
Republic of Azerbaijan: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: WikiIslam
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Albania: persecution.org
State of The United Arab Emirates: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Indonesia: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Uzbekistan: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Uganda: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Islamic Republic of Iran: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Islamic Republic of Pakistan: WikiIslam, persecution.org
People’s Republic of Bangladesh: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Benin: persecution.org
Republic of Tajikistan: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Turkey: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Turkmenistan: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Chad: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Tunisia: WikiIslam, persecution.org
People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Senegal: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of The Sudan: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Syrian Arab Republic: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Sierra Leone: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Sommalia: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Iraq: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Guinea: persecution.org
State of Palestine (NB. Not universally recognised by the world at large): WikiIslam, persecution.org: Palestine, Palestinian Areas.
Union of The Comoros: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Kyrgyz Republic: WikiIslam
Republic of Kazakhstan: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Cote D’Ivoire: persecution.org
State of Kuwait: WikiIslam
Republic of Lebanon: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Libya: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Maldives: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Malaysia: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Arab Republic of Egypt: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Kingdom of Morocco: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Islamic Republic of Mauritania: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Niger: WikiIslam
Federal Republic of Nigeria: WikiIslam, persecution.org
Republic of Yemen: WikiIslam, persecution.org
It would appear that based on the amount of religious persecution that takes place in many OIC member states their rationale for the expansion of OIC norms to the rest of the world is motivated not by a commitment to religious freedom but by a desire to destroy such freedom?
None of these states should have any say whatsoever on what is permitted speech in the Western world? It is time for Western governments to end the ‘Istanbul Process’ and tell these states to stop being hypocrites. It is quite clear that many OIC member states actually need laws to allow freedom of religion. Perhaps if they are sincerely concerned about the rights of religious minorities they should really be creating laws that allow full freedom of expression within their territories.
By TL Winslow @ Historyscoper on January 25th, 2012 at 17:47
If the U.N.’s new resolution against “inciting violence” is enforced, about half of the Muslim world will have to be arrested. Thus I’m calling Hilary’s sneaky clause an infidel victory 🙂
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By BayouCoyote on January 26th, 2012 at 11:26
Goto the CIA world fact-book for more detailed reports on everyone of those koranimal fiefdoms.
The more you know, the less islam grows.
By ecks why on January 26th, 2012 at 12:36
Informed rational freedom loving people have all the reasons in the world to fear islam. The twin fogs of political correctness & ignorance must be dispersed before western society better understands this menace. Even a brief review of islamic theology & history quickly exposes the deadly roots of this evil ideology.
Mohamhead was a 7th century murdering warlord who rose to power on a river of blood surrounded by thugs and gangsters using intimidation, violence, deception and trickery to expand their criminal empire while mercilessly suppressing and killing their opponents and enriching themselves on stolen booty.
The evil koran is a collection of sayings and speeches by this diabolical madman claiming divine guidance from some mythical sky-god which has inspired generations of crazed fanatics to abhorrent behavior resulting in historys worst ever crimes against humanity starting 1400 years ago and still continuing even today.
Islam is just another fascist totalitarian ideology used by power hungry fanatics on yet another quest for worldwide domination and includes all the usual human rights abuses & suppression of freedoms.
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