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OIC Document on Islamophobia Agreed at UNHCR
The OIC document, processed on 24 July was made available only yesterday on the UN website for the 9th session of the UNCHR (8-26 September). We have reproduced four key paragraphs from this very pertinent Report – the introduction, one in the middle and two concluding passages:

... One of the challenges of today’s world is the issue of Islamophobia. In recent years, this phenomenon has assumed serious proportions and has become a major cause of concern for the Muslim world. As a result of this rising trend, Muslims, in the West in particular, are being stereotyped, profiled, and subjected to different forms of discriminatory treatment. The most sacred symbols of Islam are being defiled and denigrated in an insulting, offensive, and contemptuous manner to incite hatred and unrest in society. While Islam, as the religion of peace and tolerance, affirms moderation and balance and rejects all forms of extremism and terrorism, the proponents of Islamophobia continue their campaign to defame Islam and Muslims. (…)

The Observatory Report states that Islamophobia will continue to be an issue of concern for the international community in the near future unless the international community comes up with effective measures to contain it. The Report, however, argues that the Muslim world’s outcry at Islamophobic incidents, in particular the publication of the defamatory cartoon of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the unfortunate and unwarranted remarks by Pope Benedict XVI at a University in Germany on September 20, 2006, had a negative impact on the Muslim world and drew attention of its official and public opinion to the gravity of the issue. (…)

Since the submission of the first Observatory Report and immediately in the wake of the 11th OIC Summit, a major Islamophobic incident that shocked and dismayed all Muslims and the international community was the release of the film “Fitna” denigrating the Holy Qur’an. This was preceded by the reprint of cartoons of the Prophet (PBUH) by seventeen Danish newspapers. Condemning the release of the film in the strongest terms, the OIC Secretary General described it as a deliberate act of discrimination against Muslims, incitement of hatred, and an act of defamation of religions solely designed to incite and provoke unrest among peoples of different religious beliefs, and to jeopardize world peace and stability. He warned the international community against the repercussions of this serious development. He also took up the matter with the Dutch Government, urging it to initiate legal action against the acts committed under the pretext of freedom of expression.

The Observatory Report concludes that the relentless campaign of hatred and intolerance of Islam and Muslims by vested individuals and ultra-right wing groups notwithstanding, there is now a general awareness in the international community on Islamophobia’s serious implications. Western Governments, NGOs, and the civil society have started to take serious note of the concerns of the Muslim world over the dangers of defamation of Islam and have shown willingness to engage in dialogue. The Report also shows that these developments still fall short of the actions and political needed to address the issue in decisive and clear terms, since Islamophobes remain free to carry on their attacks in the absence of necessary legal measures to curb the misuse or abuse of the right to freedom of expression. The Report therefore concludes that OIC Member States may continue to vigorously pursue their efforts to combat Islamophobia at both multilateral and bilateral levels. ...

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Typical! They are having serious concerns over a totally fabricated terminology. I know what a phobia is. I live with one. Spiders scare the living daylights out of me, yet I know they are not going to take over the world and neither do they threaten to smite me wherever I may be. Islam on the other hand has been a threat to the world for 1400 years now, murdering millions in its wake, and this is suddenly twisted into a phobia? The civil society defending islam? What an oxymoron!
Understand this and make no mistake. Obamination's representative to OIC has been quoted as telling the Wilson Center that Obamination will work with the OIC to forward their effort to cast their objections to criticism of Islam into law. {June 23 '10}

I have been unable to find a transcript of the remarks which give the lie to Obamination's repeated statements and assurances by his Secretary of State that the U.S.A. rejects the concept of defamation of religions.

The Ad Hoc Cmte. is scheduled to meet at the end of November and through the first week in December. They may, even now, be putting together a compromise text to be rammed through in a hurry under the radar.

We must be proactive. Nobody is doing anything effective about this issue. If they succeed in amending ICERD, blog posts such as this will be punishable by law. Our First Amendment rights mean nothing in that case.

There is only one possibility: a forceful counter attack. ICERD, ICCPR and CPPCG contain provisions which, if enforced, require that Islam be proscribed by law. We must pile on the World Court the pressure of disrespectful demands for specific enforcement of those provisions.

It is necessary for this purpose to cause the International Qur'an Petition to go viral. It spiked from 182 signatures to 206 as a result of the publicity of the banning by Pakistan of one of my blogs.

Only by signing the petition and sending it to everyone we can hope to influence with an exhortation to sign and forward it can we hope to take Islam off balance and derail their legal offensive.

At you will find a signature widget which you may be able to copy and insert into your own web site. You will also find links to the petition and its supporting documentation package. Between the petition and Islam vs Human Rights.chm, you will have the information you need to establish the case against Islam.
"At you will find a signature widget which you may be able to copy and insert into your own web site."
I looked hard but couldn't find the widget. Could you please paste it here or mail it to me and I'll put it on the Homepage.
The UNHCR is an organisation that provides jobs for people who would not get a job unless they worked for the UN.
During the war in Croatia and Bosnia you could not get a hold of anyone at UN HQ in Zagreb on a Friday after 10 in the morning because although children were dying of hunger and hypothermia only 60 or 80 miles away they had all gone shopping in Europe for the week end, Any respect I had for the UN died in Croatia.
As for UNPROFOR (UN Protection force) well they were known as Serb Pro For (Serbian Protection Force).

I simply hate the UN, its corrupt to the pinnacle and evil.

Be Bold, Be Proud, Be British.

No Surrender.

I know.  It makes your blood boil, the bare faced cheek of the Islamic leaders - lying thru their teeth on camera, and the infantile gullibility of the leftists - that swallow it gladly, because it lets them off the hook of dealing with difficult issues.


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