Organisasjonen av islamske stater, 57 i tallet, har på et to dager langt møte i Senegal diskutert det de oppfatter som en tiltagende islamofobi og håning av islam. Organisasjonen overvåker nå krenkelse av islam i hele verden og vurderer å gå til rettslige skritt mot land der islam blir krenket. Danmark ble nevnt.

OIC har opprettet et organ som føre nøye oppsikt med hva som skrives og lages av kunst om islam. Det utarbeides månedlige rapporter.

Though the legal measures being considered have not been spelled out, the idea pits many Muslims against principles of freedom of speech enshrined in the constitutions of numerous Western governments.

«I don’t think freedom of expression should mean freedom from blasphemy,» said Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade, the chairman of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference. «There can be no freedom without limits.»

Delegates were given a voluminous report by the OIC that recorded anti-Islamic speech and actions from around the world. The report concludes that Islam is under attack and that a defense must be mounted.

«Muslims are being targeted by a campaign of defamation, denigration, stereotyping, intolerance and discrimination,» charged Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the group.

The report urges the creation of a «legal instrument» to crack down on defamation of Islam. Some delegates point to laws in Europe criminalizing the denial of the Holocaust and other anti-Semitic rhetoric. They also point to articles within various U.N. charters that condemn discrimination based on religion and argue that these should be ramped up.

«In our relation with the western world, we are going through a difficult time,» Ihsanoglu told the summit’s general assembly. «Islamophobia cannot be dealt with only through cultural activities but (through) a robust political engagement.»

Muslimske land har tidligere drevet en boikott-kampanje mot Israel, der et selskap som handlet med Israel øyeblikkelig ble svartelistet i den muslimske verden. Boikotten har de senere år fått sprekker og blir ikke håndhevet like iherdig. Fremgangsmåten kan bli et mønster overfor utvalgte land som OIC mener håner islam. Man har allerede opprettet et charter og overvåkingsorgan:

A new charter drafted by the OIC commits the Muslim body «to protect and defend the true image of Islam» and «to combat the defamation of Islam.»

To protect the faith, Muslim nations have created an «observatory» that meets regularly to monitor Islamophobia. It examines lectures and workshops taking place around the world and prints a monthly record of offensive content.

Hemayet Uddin, the lead author of the OIC report and head of cultural affairs for the group said legal action is needed because «this Islamophobia that we see in the world has gone far beyond a phobia. It is now at the level of hatred, of xenophobia, and we need to act.»

Ikke alle muslimske land er like ivrige. Bangladesh var mot å gå til rettslige skritt.

OIC risikerer også en konfrontasjon med forsvarerne av ytringsfrihet i Vesten.

The International Humanist and Ethical Union in Geneva released a statement accusing the Islamic states of attempting to limit freedom of expression and of attempting to misuse the U.N.

Human Rights Watch said in a statement that objectionable depictions of the Prophet Muhammad do not «give them the right under international human rights law to insist that others abide by their views.»

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