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The Obama administration has marked its first foray into the UN human rights establishment by backing calls for limits on freedom of expression. The newly-minted American policy was rolled out at the latest session of the UN Human Rights Council, which ended in Geneva on Friday. American diplomats were there for the first time as full Council members and intent on making friends.
President Obama chose to join the Council despite the fact that the Organization of the Islamic Conference holds the balance of power and human rights abusers are among its lead actors, including China, Cuba, and S
The new resolution, championed by the Obama administration, has a number of disturbing elements. It emphasizes that "the exercise of the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities . . ." which include taking action against anything meeting the description of "negative racial and religious stereotyping." It also purports to "recognize . . . the moral and social responsibilities of the media" and supports "the media's elaboration of voluntary codes of professional ethical conduct" in relation to "combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance."
Today, the Human Rights Council adopted, by consensus, a resolution affirming the fundamental universal values of freedom of speech, opinion, expression, and freedom of the media. The resolution also speaks out forcefully against efforts to interfere with the exercise of free speech, including journalists, writers, internet users, and human rights defenders. It calls on all states to end these violations and provide adequate remedies for those victimized by them. Finally, the resolution confirms the central role of free speech, open debate, and the battle of ideas in combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and other forms of intolerance.
The obvious importance of this resolution is amplified by a key fact of which you may not be aware: This resolution had two sponsors; the United States and Egypt. Over the preceding weeks, we have been engaged with discussions with the Egyptians toward a shared goal, discussions conducted in the spirit of openness and cooperation. The resulting draft resolution eventually attracted 49 co-sponsors and underscores the important truth best expressed by the President in Cairo, when he said – quote – “I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to each other things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another, and to seek common ground.” – end quote. Thank you.
Oh, we can only hope....
Originally posted by StinkyFeet
So does this mean black folks will have to quit calling each other the N-word or face UN sanctions?
If that happens there will not be a black comedian left standing. It will be a sad day on Earth.
which include taking action against anything meeting the description of "negative racial and religious stereotyping."
Originally posted by abecedarian
Black people speaking negatively, or otherwise aggregating and aligning themselves against white people, or otherwise grouping 'white people' in to a 'community' of like-minded people then speaking about that community of white people, either individually or in aggregate, in the pejorative will no longer be tolerated.
Well I got a news flash for anyone who thinks thats gonna work. It will be with that the same as it is with racism. Black people cannot be racist and are obviously not subject to the same hate crime penalties as white people, that fact has been proven several times recently by failure of prosecutors to enforce the law equally.