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Update: Global Conference on Racism

March 3, 2009

A few links on the UN conference on racism and the defamation of religion

 

1 ) Boycotts mar UN racism conference– Part 1  [Aljazeera Reports]

 The two videos mostly talk about racism and Israel and defamation of religion is addressed briefly in the 2nd video (around the 3:20 mark)

 

 

 

Boycotts mar UN racism conference– Part 2 [Aljazeera Reports]

 

 

2 ) EU countries oppose Muslim views on racism meeting [The Washington Post reports]

European Union countries Tuesday stepped up their opposition to Muslim attempts to shield Islam from criticism and attack Israel through a U.N. conference on racism.

EU members were unusually outspoken in appearances before the U.N. Human Rights Council, saying they were worried about preparations for a global racism conference to be held next month because attention was being diverted from the real problems of racial discrimination.

I am deeply disturbed by the turn this event is taking,” Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen said.

“The thematic world conference is used by some to try to force their concept of defamation of religions and their focus on one regional conflict on all of us,” Verhagen told the 47-member council

…We cannot accept any text, which would put religion above individuals, not condemn discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, condone anti-Semitism or single out Israel,” he said. Denmark, Germany, Belgium and Italy voiced similar concerns.

 

 3 ) Here is another article on the same topic by Christopher Hitchens

Don’t Say a WordA U.N. resolution seeks to criminalize opinions that differ with the Islamic faith [Slate.com reports

 

4) U.S. May Boycott U.N. Racism Conference Over Document [The Washington Post reports]

 

5 ) And finally the document specifying  UN General Assembly Resolution 62/154 (Combating the defamation of religion) – 4 pages

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