Prophet cartoon issue taken up abroadProphet cartoon issue taken up abroad
International Muslim organisations are to take over the discussion about whether a Danish newspaper was in its rights to print caricatures of the prophet Mohammed. A group of eleven Muslim ambassadors who sent a letter of protest to Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen over the tone of the debate over Islam in Denmark have decided to let the issue run its course internationally, rather than continue to try to press the issue with domestic politicians. The ambassadors had requested Rasmussen to step in to tone down a debate that in recent weeks has seen a Copenhagen City Council candidate and the Minister of Culture withdraw critical statements about Islam, and a newspaper's violation of the Muslim ban on pictorial depictions of Mohammed. After Rasmussen also refused to meet with the ambassadors, Egyptian Ambassador Mona Omar Attia said in a Danish news broadcast on Tuesday that the group planned to meet to discuss contacting other parliamentary leaders, some of whom had urged the PM to hear the ambassador's complaints. After meeting at the Saudi Arabian Embassy on Wednesday, however, the group said they had decided to let international Muslim groups take over the cause, allowing groups such as the Organisation of the Islamic Conference to try to influence the prime minister. The conference represents 56 member states and has already sent a letter of protest to the government. 'It's out of our hands,' said Attia after the meeting. 'Now it is moving up to the international level. Therefore, we will not try to contact Denmark's political leaders. 'One could imagine that the Arab League will weigh in soon,' she said.
UNCHR: Protecting Religion– Specifically Islam
In an astonishing move on 12 April 2005, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) moved from promoting respect for human rights to promoting "respect for all religions and their value systems". On Tuesday 12 April 2005, the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) passed Human Rights Resolution 2005/3 entitled, "Combating Defamation of Religions". Islam On Line (IOL) reported it this way: "The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted on Tuesday, April 12, a resolution calling for combating defamation campaigns against Islam and Muslims in the West." IOL quotes Cuba's delegate who claimed that Islam has been the subject of a "very deep campaign of defamation". The resolution was pushed forward by Pakistan on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC). It was put under Agenda Item 6 that deals with racism and all forms of discrimination."