Sunday, March 12, 2006

Do as we say, not as we do

Daily Times, Pakistan:
A 14-member delegation of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) met the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour to state the Muslim world’s concerns over the publication of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten and their reprinting in other European newspapers.

Ambassador Masood Khan, the OIC’s coordinator on human rights and humanitarian issues in Geneva, led the delegation.The ambassadors urged the UN high commissioner to help Muslim countries redress legal deficits regarding respect for religions and also mobilise the human rights machinery to prevent any recurrence.
Meanwhile in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation...

From AsiaNews:
The Islamic Defender Front, an Indonesian Islamic fundamentalist movement, has shut down a Catholic “home” church in Sumedang in Garut, around 350km from the capital Jakarta, and ordered local worshippers “not to search for another place where to profess their faith”… After their chapel was shut down, a group of Catholics went to the police to denounce the case but “for the sake of keeping peace in the area”, they were “advised” not to make too much fuss.
From Monsters & Critics:
In the months following the tsunami, the Aceh government inexplicably began vigorously enforcing a three-year-old provincial statute on Sharia, or Islamic Law. The provincial Islamic law department was unleashed to crackdown on 'immorality' - alcohol, gambling, women appearing in public without headscarves or venturing out at night without a male escort.

The 'Sharia police,' as they are known across the province, have become a power unto themselves - uneducated, arrogant young men operating outside of any legal framework or rules, human and women's rights activists say.

Their illegal detentions and harassment of women, intimidation of the population and violent behaviour - they've publicly flogged more than 135 people for various violations in the past nine months - has earned them comparisons to Adolf Hitler's 'Brown Shirts' in Nazi Germany…

One young Acehnese woman was publicly flogged for kissing her boyfriend in public, while another 23-year-old has been locked up in Acehnese jail for more than two weeks without access to an attorney after being caught drinking beer. She could be flogged up to 40 times if found guilty by a local religious court.
Before giving lectures on religious tolerance and human rights, the Muslim world should take a damn good look in its own backyard.


Blogger Grumpy Troll said...

Oh, the irony of Muslim countries wanting to "mobilise the human rights machinery to prevent any recurrence [of the publication of Muhammad cartoons]" when those human rights include freedom of speech in defence of which those cartoons were published!

4:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The muslim would look in its own backyard and say "so, whats the problem?"

10:59 am  

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