While the Asia Bibi affair, linked to the blasphemy law in Pakistan is not quite over, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering proposing an International Convention to prevent "freedom of expression from being able to be used as a pretext to harm ”Muslims.
Ln October 25, the European Court of Human Rights spoke about the case of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, sentenced in Austria for "denigration of religious doctrines" in the context of lectures she gave on the dangers of fundamentalist Islam. Gatestone institute recalls the words of the latter about the relationship between the prophet Muhammad and his wife, little Aicha: "56 years on one side and six years on the other?" If it's not pedophilia, what is it then? ".
La European court of human rights approved the Austrian authorities who found Ms. Sabaditsch-Wolff "guilty of denigrating religious doctrines".
“The applicant's statements were such as to arouse justified indignation; in particular, they had not been done in an objective manner, contributing to a debate of public interest (for example on child marriage), but can only be understood as having the aim of demonstrating that Muhammad is not worthy of worship. […] Mrs. S. had subjectively characterized Muhammad's general sexual preference as pedophilia, and she failed to neutrally inform her audience of the historical context, which therefore did not allow for a serious debate on this issue. . "
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the event, saying on the anniversary of Prophet Muhammad:
“The Court of Human Rights of the European Union [sic] declared for the first time that one cannot attack the religion of others under the pretext of freedom of expression, but above all it declared that one cannot blaspheme against the honor of Mohammed. "
The Pakistani leader, asserting for example that "Jesus is not mentioned in history", or that Muslims "must make the West understand the place of the Prophet in their hearts", then announced that he was preparing a proposal for an “International Convention for the Prevention of Defamation of Religions”, which would limit freedom of expression.
"We want countries around the world to sign a convention called the 'International Convention for the Prevention of Defamation of Religions', which will mean that freedom of expression cannot be used as a pretext to harm the 1,25, XNUMX billion Muslims in the world. If Allah wills, [my special envoy] will travel to different countries to meet with people, meet lawyers and prepare the convention. Allah willing, we Pakistan will spearhead [this effort] and, for the first time in the world, get this convention signed. "
MEMRI translated several excerpts from this speech.
“There were prophets of Allah other than Muhammad, but they are not mentioned in human history. They are rarely mentioned. Moses is well mentioned, but Jesus is not mentioned in the story. On the other hand, the whole life of Mohammed, the last prophet of Allah, is part of history. […]
Every few years, in some Western countries, our dear Prophet suffers blasphemy and dishonor. What is the consequence? Muslims get angry. We take to the streets in protest, [the demonstrators] are breaking things up in our country. But what do we gain from all this? This allows enemies of Muslims to tell Westerners, “You see, Islam is a great religion that spreads violence. This gives them the opportunity to propagate against Islam. […]
In Holland, someone blasphemed against Mohammed by drawing his caricature. [My government] has addressed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and their Ambassador, and I am delighted that, for the first time, at our request, they have withdrawn these cartoons. […]
We have raised the issue with the OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation], [suggesting] that all Muslim countries speak with one voice to the West… Their people do not understand. They cannot grasp what place our Prophet occupies in our hearts. They can't understand, so it's up to us to make them understand. We went to the OIC, and our Foreign Minister raised the issue at the United Nations for the first time, and something happened that had never happened before. The Court of Human Rights of the European Union [sic] declared for the first time that one cannot attack the religion of others under the pretext of freedom of expression, but above all it declared that one cannot blaspheme against the honor of Mohammed. "
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