Pakistan Churches Back UN on Defamation Call

April 29, 2008

Author: George Conger

Source: Religious Intelligence

The National Council of Churches in Pakistan (NCCP) has backed the UN Human Rights Council’s call for legislation forbidding the defamation of religion.

On April 16, the NCCP voiced its concern over “the mischievous acts, maligning the Islamic faith in the name of modernisation, secularism and so-called freedom of expression.” Freedom of speech should not be used to hurt the feelings of Muslims, said the group’s chairman, the Anglican Bishop of Iran and in the Persian Gulf, the Rt Rev Azad Marshall.

On March 27 the UN’s top human rights body passed a resolution proposed by the Organization of the Islamic Conference that expressed “deep concern at attempts to identify Islam with terrorism, violence and human rights violations.”

The resolution noted “with deep concern the intensification of the campaign of defamation of religions and the ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities in the aftermath of the tragic events of Sept 11, 2001."