Magazine May 16, 2011, Issue

Sharia Censors Go Global

The jihad for a world-wide blasphemy law

On March 24, the U.N. Human Rights Council one again adopted a resolution intended to combat “negative stereotypes” and “intolerance” of persons based on religion or belief. For the first time since 1999, a resolution of this recurrent type did not include a reference to “defamation of religion,” the concept by which the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has sought imposition of a global blasphemy law to protect Islam from criticism. The development has been heralded as a victory for the West and for human-rights organizations that have long campaigned against this attack on free speech.

The issue of defamation

Jacob Mchangama — Mr. Mchangama is head of legal affairs at the Danish Center for Political Studies, lecturer on international human-rights law at the University of Copenhagen, and co-founder of Fri Debat, a Danish-based network committed to the protection of freedom of expression.

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Features

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Books, Arts & Manners

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Sections

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