The Tundra Tabloids publishes this at the behest of David Littman himself after Jihad Watch posted it first. Vlad Tepes has done a lions job on the subtitling and editing of the video. Once again, hats off to him and David for capturing the event for us all, it provides an excellent picture of the inner workings of the UN, where bullying and intimidation mixed with outright threats by the Islamic block, against those who wish to expose the connection of honor murders and Female Genital Mutilation with Islamic Sharia.KGS
Comments: David G. Littman, NGO Representative UN, Geneva: Association
for World Education (AWE); World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)
We would add, however, that this – and other attempts – to muzzle freedom of expression at the UN Human Rights Council is being more and more challenged by Western delegates, and it is also possible that the influence of cyberspace to convey such ‘news’ is having a beneficial effect too. What we were able to say in our 10 CHR statements last month in the absence of Egypt’s comic trouble-maker is indicative.
* * * * * Landmark ‘Sharia-gate Shipwreck’ at the UNHRC and its aftermath
On 16 June 2008 (@16:40), we were given the floor at the 26th session by the president of the Human Rights Council, Romanian Ambassador Doru Romulus Costea, to deliver a joint statement for AWE and the International Humanist and Ethical Union on ‘Integrating the Human Rights of Women throughout the United Nations system’ (item 8). The first ‘point of order’ by Egypt’s delegate came after our mention of ‘FGM’, and just before ‘Egypt’. There were a total of 12 points of order: 7 by Egypt, 2 by Pakistan, 2 by the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1 by Cuba; with 4 positive points: 2 by Slovenia (for the EU), 1 by Canada, 1, Germany; and 11 explanations by the president, who gave the floor to me 4 times to conclude the original 3-minute statement. The entire verbatim text below, taken from the UN webcast, illustrates a common OIC tactic, especially used by Egypt and Pakistan, with backers (Cuba), but not only on his issue (China re: Tibet, etc.). It is reproduced for viewers to see how the gangrene is spreads if it is not challenged. Our statement at the end has [ ] brackets with documentation & auto-censored words on presidential advice.
Our statement concluded with a quoted denunciation, the previous week in Geneva, by Noble Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi: that a girl in her native country, Iran, is considered an adult and liable to punishment, even execution, at 9 and a boy at 15; and her total rejection of “cultural relativism”. Two months earlier she told Reuters that Iran’s human rights record had regressed since 2006. After her Nobel Prize was confiscated, she released a statement: “Threats against my life and security and those of my family, which began some time ago, have intensified”; she was warned against speaking abroad and defending Iran’s minorities. Nonetheless, she agreed to defend Baha’is arrested in Iran in May 2008. In a keynote address at Emory University School of Law (“Islam, Human Rights & Iran”, October 17, 2008) at Atlanta (GE), she stated, inter alia: “I have always opposed the Islamic Declaration on Human Rights.” http://www.law.emory.edu/current-students/student-organizations/epic/atc/about-the-conference.html
Two months later she spoke very courageously on Human Rights Day (10 December 2008) at the UN Palais des Nations. In anticipation, we prepared a question (below) and handing it to her after the debate.
* * * * * Question to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shrin Ebadi on the 60th Anniversary: Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day
The Geneva Lecture Series (Prince Albert of Monaco) Open debate: Nobel Prize Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Wole Soyinka UN Assembly Hall, Palais des Nations, Geneva Wednesday, 10 December (Human Rights Day) Question to: Nobel Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi
By David G. Littman (Representative: AWE & WUPJ)
My question is addressed to Madam Shirin Ebadi, Thank you for your remarkable frank speaking here and your courage – a true lesson for us all.
A year ago, on Human Rights Day 2007, OIC Secretary-General Prof. Elmeleddin Ihsanoglu stated that the OIC General Secretariat is considering the establishment of an independent permanent body to promote Human Rights in Member States in accordance with the provision of the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam and to elaborate an OIC Charter on Human Rights.
Four days later, on 14 December 2007, Pakistan’s Ambassador Masood Khan – speaking for the OIC at the Human Rights Council –claimed that the 1990 Cairo Declaration was “not an alternative competing worldview on human rights,” but failed to mention that the shari’a law was “the only source of reference” in that Declaration’s articles 24 and 25 – the same shari’a law in which there is no equality between Muslim men and women and Muslims and non-Muslims. The Final Communiqué of the 3rd Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Mecca Summit on 8 December 2005 had provided a clear message on this – and on the UN system of human rights.
Madam, do you feel that the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam – and a future Islamic Charter based on shari’a law – would clash with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Islam and the International bill of Human Rights? To give one example: the marriage of girls at nine years old, as in Iran, since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Thank you Madam
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OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu’s UN “happy note” (1 March 2010)
On 1 March 2010, the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, delivered a statement at the opening ‘High Segment’ of the 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Having referred at length, as is customary, to “the plight and permanent suffering of the Palestinian people, under the continuous and deliberate aggression by Israeli military forces…” he then spoke of “promoting and protecting human rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” followed by Islamophobia as “a contemporary form of racism.” And: “Events like the recent ban on construction of Minarets in Switzerland continue to fuel our concerns.” And then his “happy note” announcement:
Let me conclude on a happy note. I am pleased to inform this Council that the OIC is on the verge of establishing an Independent Permanent Commission on Human Rights. The vision and the mandate for the establishment of the Commission was provided by the leadership of the OIC Ten-Year Programme of Action adopted by the 3rd Extraordinary Islamic Summit held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah in [December] 2005. This vision was accorded a statuary status in the new OIC Charter, unanimously approved and entered into force in March 2008. (…)
Islam places a premium on human rights by according primacy to ‘Hukook-ul-ibad’ or the rights of people. We take pride that Islam was the first religion that called for full equality among people regardless of their race, language, ethnic origin, social status, etc. This equality has been associated with preserving human dignity, a concept that goes far beyond that of human rights.The establishment of the Commission will introduce a paradigm shift withinthe OIC in the way universal Human Rights and freedoms flow together with Islamic values to offer a coherent and strong system aimed at facilitating the full enjoyment of all Human Rights in the Member States.
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He, thereby, confirmed that the 1990 Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI) continues to be hailed steadfastly by the OIC as having primacy – for its 57 Member States – over the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We have denounced this aberration at the Commission from January 1990, and in several articles since; as well as the publication of the Cairo Declaration, A Compilation of International Instruments Vol. II: Regional Instruments (UN-OHCHR, New York / Geneva, 1997). [HERE] and [HERE]: http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/Comment-littman011903.asp ; International Bill Human Rights: Universality / International Standards / National Practices: E/CN.4/Sub.2/2003/NGO/15 http://www.unhchr.ch/huridocda/huridoca.nsf/(Symbol)/E.CN.4.Sub.2.2003.NGO.15.En?Opendocument Nothing could be clearer than this solemn announcement by the OIC’s Secretary-General.
Complete verbatim transcript of the Landmark 16 June 2008 Sharia-gate Shipwreck is available at Jihad Watch. KGS