CFI Delivers Statement to UN Opposing “Defamation of Religions” Resolution

The CFI statement contains the following recommendations:

Rather than hewing to the misguided and problematic idea of preventing “defamation of religions,” draw on the legal concept of “incitement to national, racial and religious hatred, hostility or violence,” which is grounded in existing international legal instruments.

Ensure that any protection of religious believers against incitement must equally protect nonbelievers, who may be the targets of hateful expression on the basis of their disbelief or dissenting belief.

Stipulate that protections against incitement must not restrict proselytizing, discussion, criticism or expressions of antipathy, dislike, ridicule, insult or abuse.

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I don't think the Islamic nations who sponsor these "defamation of religions" resolutions are open to discussion about this.


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