Note that Meshaal Bin Ali Al Balawi is not talking about “Islamophobia” as vigilante attacks on innocent Muslims, which are never justified. He is talking about speech that he considers to be promoting “racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia,” and above all, “Islamophobia.”
For years now, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other Islamic groups have condemned any and all honest discussion of how jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and oppression as “Islamophobic.”
If the UN heeds Saudi Arabia’s words, which it will do sooner or later, all criticism of Islam will be criminalized — which is exactly the situation of criticism of Islam in Islamic law.
Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia has called on Tendai Akum – the United Nations Human Rights Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia – to continue to focus on eliminating “Islamophobia”.
In a speech before the Human Rights Council, the head of the Human Rights Section at the United Nations Mission in Geneva, Meshaal Bin Ali Al Balawi, said, “The Internet is an available space for practicing racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia, which requires efforts to find solutions to make it a safe and accurately balanced space between respecting freedom of opinion and expression, and combating racism and racial discrimination.”
He explained that spreading ideas based on racial discrimination and inciting racism and hatred using information technology, the internet and social media is a crime, whose perpetrator is punished according to the laws of the kingdom, including what was included in the Information Crime Prevention System of 2007, as it includes punishing those who harm others through various information technology means with imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year and a fine not exceeding SR500,000, equivalent to $133,000 or one of these two penalties.
Regarding the prohibition of organisations that promote racial, religious and national hatred, the head of the Human Rights Section of the kingdom’s mission at the United Nations in Geneva said, “The 2015 System of Associations and Private Institutions includes a ban on the establishment of any association whose regulations include provisions that conflict with the provisions of Islamic Sharia, or public order, or public morals, or violate national unity.”…
Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer
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