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Saudi based and steered islamofascist sharia OIC has NEVER abandoned its commitment to its Human Rights violating original sharia declaration - only transferred the word 'sharia' to an international sharia courtThis is why Klevius keeps referring to OIC's original Cairo declaration with its naked islamofascist sharia expressions. Nothing has changed.
Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, the Cato Institute: Washington should encourage responsible Islamic voices. One is the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. According the group diplomatic status would give Americans greater opportunity to influence an important forum for Islamic activism.
Klevius, Senior Fellow of the Free World: "Diplomatic status" for an organization that is clashing head on with the most basic of Human Rights - including the rights of half of the world's population, i.e. women!
On 5 August 1990, 45 foreign ministers of the OIC adopted the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam to serve as a guidance for the member states in the matters of human rights in as much as they are compatible with the Shari.
In June 2008 and in part (how big is hard to tell but Klevius was the only one really pointing it out on the world wide web) due to Klevius work, the OIC conducted a formal revision of its charter. The revised charter pretended to set out to promote human rights, fundamental freedoms, and good governance in all member states. The revisions also removed any mention of sharia and the original Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam. Simultaneously a bridge was made to safeguard its commitment to sharia via member states and an international sharia court that would decide which human rights could be accepted according to sharia.
Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, the Cato Institute: In 2008 the OIC amended its charter with an emphasis on human rights and liberty. It dropped the Cairo Declaration and endorsed the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Law. The organization also established the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, an advisory body tasked with monitoring human rights within member states.
Klevius: At the inaugural speech in IPHRC’s first session in Jakarta in 2012 and during the opening remarks at the third session on Oct. 26, 2013 in Jeddah (the seat of OIC), the secretary-general Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu outlined five principles. First, the commission will complement rather than replace other national and international mechanisms. Second, it will follow an introspective approach, helping OIC member states improve human rights practices (in accordance with sharia). Third, it will fulfill a guidance function, providing member states with services like human rights (i.e. sharia) training for the police. Fourth, it will take an incremental approach, building its credibility and mandate over time. And finally, the commission will prioritize the most pressing human rights problems.
Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, the Cato Institute: Obviously, the group’s reach is limited and the behavior of many member states remains awful. However, its work helps highlight the failings of the most repressive Islamic states.
Klevius:Like Saudi Arabia who both harbors and steers OIC - really?!
Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, the Cato Institute: Perhaps most dramatic, in 2011 the OIC abandoned its campaign on religious defamation and backed a resolution more friendly to religious liberty. The organization’s previous secretary-general, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, admitted that opposition from America and Europe was too strong. The OIC shifted to Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, which encourages “universal respect for” freedom of “religion or belief.” ”
Klevius:This is utterly laughable. Resolution 16/18 was a compromise and a job half done from an islamic point of view. However, 16/18 is in reality already a "blasphemy" resolution that is mainly in place to protect evil islam and its evil followers.
Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, the Cato Institute: Admittedly, not everyone is satisfied. George Washington Law School Professor Jonathan Turley pointed to the resolution’s call for countries to approve “measures to criminalize incitement to imminent violence based on religion or belief.” While U.S. law does not protect an appeal to lawless violence, it does safeguard peaceful discourse even if others might be angered by it. Yet Ihsanoglu, among others, considered an anti-Islamic video to be “incitement to hatred, incitement to violence.”
Klevius: Indeed. In Saudi Arabia the very defense of the most basic of Human Rights is considered "acts of terrorism".
Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, the Cato Institute: Despite this difference, the OIC appears to have moved significantly toward Western standards. For instance, the group promoted the 2012 Rabat Plan of Action to combat incitement. The document acknowledged disagreements over free speech and called for countering hate speech, while applying a “high threshold” before enacting limited speech restrictions. Last year the Fez declaration, adopted at a UN forum backed by the OIC, emphasized the role of religious leaders in countering religious hatred, not government in imposing legislative solutions.
Klevius:The "high threshold" is there only to allow islamic hate speech - just check islamic education, while at the same time, evil islam itself is protected from "religious hatred".
Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, the Cato Institute: Finally, while continuing to try to separate Islam from terrorism, the group acknowledged that some terrorists claim their faith as a justification for murder and mayhem. At its April summit in Istanbul, reported Diplomatic Opinion, the OIC condemned “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations regardless of motives.” Moreover, the OIC-backed Marrakesh Declaration concluded that “It is unconscionable to employ religion for the purpose of aggressing upon the rights of religious minorities in Muslim countries.”
Klevius: That OIC condemned “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations" means condemning "islamophobia".
Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, the Cato Institute: Last year the group’s executive committee developed a program to confront violent extremism and partner with organizations involved in counterterrorism. The group is in the process of setting up a Center on Violent Extremism in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Admittedly that’s an ironic location, given Saudi Arabia’s support for fundamentalist Wahhabism around the globe, but Joseph Grieboski, head of Grieboski Global Strategies, was hopeful about the OIC’s plans to review language and messaging, as well as develop programs to reach groups susceptible to radicalization.
Klevius:Always this "hopefulness" when it comes to the Saudi dictator family and islam.