Archive for April 2008

HRW on the UN and Congo and Human Rights *

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HRC failed to renew the mandate of the special rapporteur for DR Congo despite mass rapes and killings.… Read the rest

Reporters Without Borders on UN HRC *

Apr 1st, 2008 | Filed by

‘The change to the mandate of the
special rapporteur on free expression is dramatic.’… Read the rest

Critics Say UN HRC Undermines Rights *

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International activist groups accused HRC of acting as a cover for states aiming to restrict free speech.… Read the rest

Parents Indicted in Faith-Healing Death *

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15-month-old died of bronchial pneumonia and blood infection; antibiotics would have saved her.… Read the rest

Saudi Woman Killed for Chatting on Facebook *

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She was beaten and shot dead by her father.… Read the rest

Leave Allah out

Apr 1st, 2008 11:20 am | By

I re-read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this morning, to confirm that it’s as secular as I remembered. It is. This is crucial.

If you look at the preamble of the UDHR, you will see that there is no mention of any religion. All religions and cultures are assumed to be equal…But in the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (hereafter called the Cairo Declaration), we can detect a completely different tone. Right from the first paragraph of the preamble, the Cairo Declaration confidently asserts the superiority of Islam by referring to the Islamic Ummah as the “best nation”…This is no implication, unlike in the UDHR, that all cultures and religions are equal. Indeed the rest of

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The Cairo Declaration again

Apr 1st, 2008 9:00 am | By

Let’s take another, closer look at the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, focusing on certain aspects of it. This is not a selective excerpt, this is one that pulls out certain words and ideas, so it’s not fair in the sense of quoting a fair sample in context. Be sure to look at the Declaration itself – there is plenty of sensible stuff in it. But it’s startling and interesting what a large amount of non-sensible stuff there is in it – what a lot of Allah there is and what an enormous amount of Shari’ah there is.

Keenly aware of the place of mankind in Islam as vicegerent of Allah…Recognizing the importance of issuing a Document
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