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Hatred against Muslims sweeping West

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GENEVA: Muslim states said on Wednesday that what they call ‘Islamophobia’ is sweeping the West and its media and demanded that the United Nations take tougher action against it.

Delegates from Muslim countries, including Pakistan and Egypt, told the United Nations Human Rights Council that treatment of Muslims in western countries amounted to racism and discrimination and must be fought.

“People of Arab origin face new forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance and experience discrimination and marginalisation,” an Egyptian delegate said, according to a UN summary.

And Pakistan, speaking for the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said the council’s special investigator into religious freedom should look into such racism “especially in western societies”.

Acting for the OIC, Pakistan has tabled a resolution at the council instructing its special investigator on religious freedom “to work closely with mass media organisations to ensure that they create and promote an atmosphere of respect and tolerance for religious and cultural diversity”.

The OIC – and its allies in the 47-nation council, including Russia, China and Cuba – dub criticism of Muslim practices and linking of terrorism waged under the proclaimed banner of Islamism as “Islamophobia” that pillories all Muslims.

Diplomats say the resolution, which also tells the investigator to make recommendations to the Human Rights Council on how its strictures might be implemented, is bound to pass given the majority the OIC and its allies have in the body.

The countries of the majority group, which also include India and Brazil, ensure that its members and their friends outside the council – such as Sri Lanka and Iran – are shielded from any serious criticism of their rights record. The group ensures that council fire is largely aimed at Israel over its occupation of Palestine and treatment of Palestinians living there.

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  1. Anonymous
    2010.06.17 13:27


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