The UN Human Rights Council Put Itself In Conflict Over The Motion On The Burning Of The Koran

The UN Human Rights Council Put Itself In Conflict Over The Motion On The Burning Of The Koran

The UN Human Rights Council Put Itself In Conflict Over The Motion On The Burning Of The Koran

 

Following the burning of a Koran in Sweden, the Human Rights Council will debate a controversial draft resolution on religious intolerance. This initiative has exposed divisions within the UN body and posed issues with human rights protection procedures.

The 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) referred to the burning of the Koran in Stockholm last month as “offensive, disrespectful, and a clear act of provocation” that incites hatred and violates human rights in a draft resolution submitted by Pakistan on their behalf.

Western diplomats have fueled opposition to the draft, which denounced “repeated acts of public burning of the Holy Koran in some European and other countries,” claiming that it serves to protect religious symbols rather than human rights.

The OIC proposal also fuels hostility between Western nations and the Islamic organization at a time when it has unprecedented influence in the council, the only group of countries in the world with the responsibility of defending human rights.

The 47-member council has 19 OIC nations that have voting rights, while additional states like China have sided with their proposed resolution.

“If the resolution passes, as seems likely, it will strengthen the impression the council is flipping and the West is losing ground on key debates such as the boundary between free speech and hate speech, and whether religions have rights,” said Marc Limon, director of the Geneva-based Universal Rights Group.

The European Union has asked parties to agree on the matter.

 

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