Kathryn posted a link in the Corner to a horrible story on how the UN is sending a racism investigator, Doudou Diene, to the United States to check up on us.
Well, I hope Diene’s first stop is the gift shop at the Capitol and he buys himself a copy of our Constitution. Here’s what the Hudson Institute wrote up earlier this year:
Trying to Change the Rules
A proposal for new rules came in the form of a September 14, 2007 report by Doudou Diene, United Nations Special Rapporteur on “Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance.” The report stated that Articles 18, 19, and 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights should be reinterpreted by “adopting complementary standards on the interrelations between freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and non-discrimination.” Speaking for the OIC, Pakistani diplomat Marghoob Saleem Butt then criticized “unrestricted and disrespectful enjoyment of freedom of expression.”
The strategy behind these calls for repression of free speech and a free press go back almost a decade, but recently include an April 2005 U.N. Human Rights Commission call for “combating defamation of religions,” especially Islam. At an OIC meeting in early February 2006, 57 OIC members, following a plan devised at their December 2005 Mecca meeting, and riding the outrage over Jyllands-Posten’s cartoons, moved that the “defamation of religions and prophets is inconsistent with the right to freedom of expression.” The U.N. Special Rapporteur on racism (whose predecessor had been summarily dismissed for referring to a document that the OIC regarded as a “blasphemy against the Koran”) was asked to investigate only “the situation of the Muslim and Arab populations.”
Referring to the recent controversial depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspaper cartoons and the violent reactions, he said the cartoons illustrated the increasing emergence of the racist and xenophobic currents in everyday life. But the political context in Denmark was what had given birth to the cartoons.
It was one in which an extremist political party enjoyed 13 per cent of the vote and had formed part of the governing coalition. The development of Islamophobia or any racism and racial discrimination always took place in the context of the emergence of strong racist, extremist political parties and a corresponding absence of reaction against such racism by the country’s political leaders, Mr. Diène said.
Got it? Freedom of speech = racism.
(Paging John McCain: Make an issue of this as you talk up your League of Democracies)