Organisasjonen av islamske stater, OIC, har reagert på Charlie Hebdo-massakren ved å be om fornyet anstrengelse for å få vedtatt et globalt forbud mot hatefulle ytringer.
OICs representant i FN, Ufuk Gokcen, sendte ut en tweet mandag der han tok til orde for å intensivere arbeidet for et universelt forbud mot hatefulle ytringer. Der man tidligere krevde forbud mot blasfemi, har man nå blitt litt rundere i kantene. Men innholdet er det samme.
But this afternoon, the UN representative for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ufuk Gokcen, was expressing another view with respect to free speech.
So it is noteworthy that after the Charlie Hebdo attack, Gokcen is now calling for more implementation of the OIC-sponsored UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 and the follow-up Rabat Plan of Action that would criminalize the very type of speech that Charlie Hebdo engaged in:
Justprofessor Robert Blitt har en artikkel i USA Today der han tar for seg OICs utrettelige kampanje for å få forbudt blasfemi.
For more than a decade, “the collective voice of the Muslim world” has spread the belief that any insult directed against the Muslim faith or its prophet demands absolute suppression. Quashing “defamation of Islam” is enshrined as a chief objective in the organization’s charter.
With countless internal resolutions, relentless lobbying of the international community and block voting on resolutions advocating a prohibition on defamation of religion at the U.N., the OIC continuously pushes to silence criticism of Islam.
Translated into practice inside Islamic nations and increasingly elsewhere, this toxic vision breeds contempt for freedom of religion and expression, justifies the killing of Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and casts a pall of self-censorship over academia and the arts.
By building the expectation that dissent or insult merits suppression, groups such as the OIC and the Arab League have emboldened extremists to take protection of Islam to the next level. With the most authoritative Muslim voices prepared to denounce violence but not to combat the idea that Islam should be immune from criticism, a meaningful response to counteract the resulting violence continues to be glaringly absent.
An OIC statement released after a 2011 Charlie Hebdo issue “guest-edited” by the prophet Mohammed typifies this troubling position: “Publication of the insulting cartoon … was an outrageous act of incitement and hatred and abuse of freedom of expression. … The publishers and editors of the Charlie Hebdo magazine must assume full responsibility for their … incitement of religious intolerance.”
Det utrolige er at USA under Obama har deltatt i prosessen som kalles Istanbul-prosessen, fordi Tyrkia spiller en så prominent rolle.
Resolusjon 16/18 ble vedtatt med USAs stemme i desember 2011. Den var fremmet av Pakistan og USA. Den ble den gang fremhevet som en forbedring fra OICs tidligere fremstøt for forbud mot krenkelse av religion. Nå valgte man å legge vekt på det mer generelle «hatefulle ytringer». Men i virkeligheten er det stikk motsatt: hatefulle ytringer er en enda større sekk å putte ting man ikke liker i.
The OIC’s push to criminalize “defamation of Islam” goes back to the OIC’s 10 Year Plan of Action adopted in 2005. Under the section “Countering Islamophobia” (VII), the plan says:
3. Endeavor to have the United Nations adopt an international resolution to counter Islamophobia, and call upon all States to enact laws to counter it, including deterrent punishments.
In their published implementation plan for their 10 Year Plan of Action, they are more clear that combating “defamation of religion” is not what they were after, but rather criminalizing “Islamophobia”:
Obama-administrasjonen er med på ferden. Obama har lagt seg på en kurs som inkluderer islam og da må islam fremstå som fredens religion. Da gir hatefulle ytringer mer mening. Jonas Gahr Støres syn på blasfemi ligger langs samme kurs.
It’s hardly surprising that even after the Charlie Hebdo attack the OIC is not content to abandon their decade-long effort to criminalize “Islamophobia.” But, much as Professor Blitt has warned in his oped today, by doing so they are pushing the global Islamic community further away from the rest of the world.