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The Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations and the European Union mark the determination of the free world to build institutions that would protect all human beings against the resurgence of tyrannical systems. Are they becoming, tragically, facilitators of a movement - global jihad - dedicated to the destruction of Western values?

The EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) - part of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia - held its first annual conference in Paris last December, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Declaration. Delegates split up into five working groups to review freedom of expression from five angles: its relation to democratic society, the new media, defamation, diversity in the media and "challenges". The working groups reported briefly on their conclusions at a plenary session open to the media.

Freedom of expression is indeed challenged by Islamic fundamentalism. The universality of human rights is attacked at the UN. Anti-blasphemy legislation is pushed aggressively at all levels, both domestically and internationally. The expression of certain opinions has become life-threatening. But the FRA only has eyes for the rights of "visible minorities" and the values of "diversity". The issue of Islamic thought control is, however, broached obliquely in a background paper entitled "Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech: some points for consideration". It states:

"Free expression is a cornerstone of democracy and one of the core values of the European Union, but so is equal treatment and non-discrimination. Socially vulnerable groups and individuals who are often the target of intolerance, racial abuse and hatred need to be protected not only from discrimination, but also from verbal abuse. It should not be forgotten that the battle for freedom of expression in European history was a battle of the oppressed for a voice against their oppressors. This historical lesson should not be forgotten. Therefore insensitivity for the existing societal power relationships is crucial for the interpretation of the limits of free expression."

The document concludes with the warning that hate speech regulation is inadequate if it is not extended to active promotion of diversity and non-discrimination, as proposed by the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

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July 2nd, 2009
3:07 AM
For a daily reminder of the threat of Islam to Western freedoms, go to if you haven't already done so. Its very eye-opening, as this article should be to those who haven't faced what the threats are.

Jon M
February 10th, 2009
10:02 PM
Heroic post. It brings this new reader much joy to see people standing up to Islam, the 21st century Fascism!

Gary O
February 6th, 2009
1:02 PM
I am begining to like Standpoint. What with Douglas Murray's article and now this, a ray of hope has shone through my state of dispair regarding the cowardly attitude of our main stream media in the face of islamisation of the West. Britain (and the West in general) still has a chance of preserving its culture, religion and identity given people like Messrs Murray and Redeker. Just one final point: criticising islam is neither islamophobic nor racist and those who have the courage to speak out must not be labelled as such in order that they may fall silent. Thank you Standpoint.

February 2nd, 2009
12:02 PM
Bravo. It is becoming clear that Islam is at war with the west, we must quickly put a stop to it's expansion, or we will all be slaves. Mohamed killed people, it's only a matter of time...

Geoffrey Cain
February 1st, 2009
10:02 PM
Everyone should support Robert Redeker in every way they can.

January 31st, 2009
10:01 PM
The Editors of Standpoint and its readership must educate themselves in the following facts: There is the UN sponsored Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed in 1948 by most members of the UN and then there is the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam signed in 1990 by 54 Moslem nations. The Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam is in direct contravention of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: it does not grant freedom of religion, it states that all crimes and punishments are determined only by Sharia Law and it asserts the domination of Islam over all other belief systems, political ideologies and jurisprudences. Note especially Articles 19, 24 and 25 of this Cairo Declaration. Here is the link to a site which provides the texts of both the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam: It is essential that this is made widely known in the British, European and American media because it is this Cairo Declaration which the EU and the UN, by acceding to the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Conference) demand to declare criticism of Islam to be "islamophobic" and therefore a crime,will actually assist in bringing Europe and even America, under the yoke of Islam and its degrading Sharia law. Also, little things do matter and words have power: kindly cease referring to Islam's warlord founder, Mohamed, as "Prophet": to billions of people throughout the world, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, etc, this man could never be described or revered as such. Also, start informing your readership of the doctrines of Islam (taqiyya, Abrogation of verses in the Koran), of Jihad, of Islam's history of bloody conquest, denigration of peoples, cultures, faiths and lands and, especially, of Mohamed (the supporting Hadiths, especially of Bukhari and the Sira, biography of Mohamed will assist as these are considered, along with the Qur'an, to be the 'holy' texts in Islam). The truth shall set us ALL free, including those enslaved by Islam.

January 29th, 2009
1:01 PM
bravo r redeker, bravo the writer. reader in ireland .

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