Muslims want ban on blasphemyBlog, Saturday, May 26, 2012 22:20:01
Four years after he published in a Danish newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed sparked violent protests across the Muslim world, Islamic countries launched a campaign to establish an international treaty to protect religious symbols of mockery and ridicule.
In fact it is a prohibition of blasphemy, which is essentially contrary to the law on freedom of speech without which democracy in Western countries is unthinkable. Initiative in lobbying for a new international agreement is assumed by Algeria and Pakistan, which ultimately could lead to vote by the UN General Assembly. The proposal of Muslim countries has provoked bitter resistance from Western countries, incl. and the U.S. in the past repeatedly denied other UN treaties, such as protection of migrant workers. Experts say such a contract is likely to fail to be moved if the Muslim countries exhibit persistence. Regardless of the outcome of the campaign, there is serious risk of new tensions between Muslims and the West - what actually Obama has promised to avoid. In the event that such agreement is approved, all 192 Member States of the United Nations that ratify it will have to comply, but others may be criticized that refused to join.
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