Monday, February 20, 2006

Blasphemy as a new human right at the UN?

Even though the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is pushing United Nations to adopt a reference against blasphemy in the tenets of a new human rights body, I don’t see how it’ll ever happen. Even if Mr Javier Solana, the High Representative of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Secretary-General of both the Council of the European Union (EU) and the Western European Union (WEU) said that the EU might be supportive of this idea, I believe that is just a pose to conciliate the oil-producer countries. In Europe he Poles might buy it but not the French or the Dutch. But even if the Europeans agreed, many Arab countries won’t do what it takes. I don’t think the Americans will buy it either.

Besides, the irony of having a top EU official talk about UN conventions on human rights in Saudi Arabia is just addind more ridicule to the whole idea, and there is only so much ridicule one can take for oil.

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