The Universial Declaration of Human Rights
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom,
either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Source The Universial Declaration of Human Rights - Article 18
PLAIN LANGUAGE VERSION:
You have the right to profess your religion freely, to change it, and to practise it either on your own or with other people.
Countries are made of many different kinds of people from many different places. But sometimes countries have an official religion, or a national
political party. If you are different from the majority, you still have the right to your own religion and your own opinions, and have the right to
practise your religion and express your opinions in public and in private.
March 29, 2011
The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution endorsing individual religious freedom and abandoning the "defamation of religion"
language it has supported for many years. And the vote was unanimous
U.S.-based Human Rights First praised the resolution as "a huge achievement because for the first time in many years it focuses on the protection
of individuals rather than religions."
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomed the UN Human Rights Council's significant step away from the pernicious
"defamation of religions" concept.
Today, the Council adopted a resolution on religious intolerance that does not include this dangerous concept. The defamation concept undermines
individual rights to freedom of religion and expression; exacerbates religious intolerance, discrimination, and violence; and provides international
support for domestic blasphemy laws that often have led to gross human rights abuses. The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has promoted
this flawed concept at the United Nations for more than a decade.
"USCIRF and others, including the State Department, members of Congress, and NGOs, have worked hard against the defamation of religions concept for
years. USCIRF specifically applauds Secretary Clinton and her team for today's result. We also thank Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Christopher
Smith (R-NJ), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), and Frank Wolf (R-VA), for their leadership roles on this issue," said Leonard Leo, USCIRF chair.
"Thanks to these efforts, and those of previous administrations and Congresses, more countries each year voted against the defamation of religions
concept because they understood that blasphemy laws increase intolerance and violence. Tragically, it took the assassinations of two prominent
Pakistani officials who opposed that country's draconian blasphemy laws-Federal Minister of Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti and Punjab governor
Salman Taseer-to convince the OIC that the annual defamation of religions resolutions embolden extremists rather than bolster religious harmony."
The efforts over the past several years by USCIRF, the State Department, Congress, and a broad coalition of NGOs helped bring about a steady loss of
support both in Geneva and New York for the defamation resolutions.
Since 2008, the resolutions have been supported by only a plurality of member states. In 2010, at both the UN Human Rights Council and General
Assembly, defamation of religions resolutions garnered the least support and most opposition the issue had ever received, coming within, respectively,
four and 13 votes of defeat.
In place of the divisive "combating defamation of religions" resolution, today the UN Human Rights Council adopted a consensus resolution on
"combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence, and violence against persons based
on religion or belief."
The resolution properly focuses on protecting individuals from discrimination or violence, instead of protecting religions from criticism. The
resolution protects the adherents of all religions or beliefs, instead of focusing on one religion. Unlike the defamation of religions resolution, the
new consensus resolution does not call for legal restrictions on peaceful expression, but rather, for positive measures, such as education and
awareness-building, to address intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief.
"USCIRF is gratified that this new resolution recognizes that religious intolerance is best fought through efforts to encourage respect for every
individual's human rights, not through national or international anti-blasphemy laws," said Mr. Leo. "What is needed now is for countries, such as
Pakistan, that have blasphemy laws to eliminate them."
The One World Religion Conspiracists really needs to read through and actually comprehend what the UN Charter says and actually MEANS!!! and stay
Looks like OWRC are relying on their blind followers/groupies NOT to do their OWN research