Islamic violence will Kofi Annan respond ?

Posted: May 20, 2006 in Uncategorized

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There is an organisation called Christian solidarity international whose aim is to defend the rights of people to belive what they want, where they want.

This is enbodied in article 10 of the universal declaration of human rights,it states :

'Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance. '

Recently this organisation sent a letter to Kofi Annan (Secretary general of the united nations) detailing the rise of Islamic violence towards those of other beliefs,

Heres the Christian solidarity international press release:

CSI Deplores Wave of Islamic Violence against Freedom of Expression Islamic States Urged to End Religious IntoleranceChristian Solidarity International (CSI) deplores the continuing use of violence and threats of violence in Islamic states, especially last weekend’s demonstrations for the restriction of freedom of opinion and expression regarding Islam as a religion and political ideology.

We are particularly dismayed at the murder of Catholic priest Fr. Andrea Santoro in the Turkish city of Trabzon by a youth shouting “Allahu akhbar”, the stoning by Muslim mobs of St. Maroun Church in Beirut, the arrest in Amman of Jordanian newspaper editor Jihad Momani, and the burning of Western embassy buildings.

The role of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), representing 57 Muslim states in creating a climate for violent confrontation and press censorship is a cause of deep concern.

The OIC set the stage for demonstrations against free speech at its extraordinary summit in Mecca in early December 2005. The Muslim heads of state resolved to pressure, through a program of Joint Islamic Action, international institutions to criminalize insults of Islam and its founder, Mohammed. The summit’s final resolution referred specifically to the satirical caricatures of Mohammed published last September in Denmark, which were used as a pretext for the violent demonstrations. On the 4th of February – the day the mob violence commenced – the OIC described publication of the caricatures as acts of “blasphemy”. Blasphemy is punishable by death, according to Shariah law.

The OIC’s understanding of freedom is enshrined in its 1990 Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam. This Islamic charter subordinates international norms for human rights to discriminatory Shariah law. Political repression, religious discrimination and the publication of anti-Jewish and anti-Christian literature are widespread phenomena within OIC member states, especially in its Arab heartland. Last weekend’s demonstrations have the hallmarks of an OIC power-play aimed at imposing censorship on public discussion of Islam.

CSI urges the OIC and member states to desist from fanning the flames of religious intolerance. We also call on the Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar, Mohammed Tantawi, and the Supreme Leader of Shiite Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to create conditions for genuine, non-violent dialogue with the non-Muslim world by affirming unconditional support for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, which provides for freedom of expression, religion and conscience for all of mankind, regardless of race, creed or gender. Finally, CSI urges Western governments and civil society, especially the media, to resist the OIC’s efforts to manipulate and censor public discussion about Islam and the Islamic world.

 
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