We strongly condemn the horrible massacre perpetrated against the Islamic community in New Zealand, we also denounce the hypocrisy and impunity of the Western powers, especially the US, which camouflage as «freedom of expression» their instigation of hatred, hysteria and division, against Muslims and immigrants
What do human rights say about freedom of religion?
Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, enshrines the right of people to freely profess their religion, without being a reason for discrimination or unequal treatment, in turn according to the provisions of the Human Rights Act of 1993, prohibits and punishes all forms of discrimination based on race, color of skin, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and other characteristics.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, states that: “any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred, which constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, is prohibited by law”; Article 26 states: “(…) the law shall prohibit all discrimination and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection against any discrimination on the grounds of (…) religion (…) or of any kind (. ..) “; and Art. 27 provides: “In states where ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to said minorities shall not be denied the right that they have, in common with the other members of their group, to have their own cultural life, to profess and practice their own religion and to use their own language.”
What do human rights say about refugees?
On the other hand, regarding the right to free movement, the international legation maintains that it is a human right in Art. 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) that holds that «immigrants can not be subject to restrictions.» (Article 12.3)
The Geneva Convention of 1951 prohibits States parties from imposing sanctions on refugees who have been forced to enter the territory in an «illegal» manner and who are obliged to guarantee their freedom of movement once they have been recognized as such. (art. 31 and art. 26).
Why then do we observe the escalation of extremism and intolerance?
From the hegemonic media corporations, almost since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, we repeatedly observed attempts to install Islam as a horrible enemy. The provocation of a feeling of horror and hatred and its use, unfortunately, has a long history in the political history of the West.
The humiliation and spreading hatred and illusionary fear of the “other” have been the common base of all those oppressive profiteers. We, wonder:
Why the old policy that installs «phobia» and hatred, has targeted against Islam and Muslims with unprecedented intensity? Why does the power structure in the world want Islamic thought to be marginalized? What concepts and values in Islam disturb the programs of the superpowers and what interests are protected in the shadow of distorting the image of Islam?
We make a call on human rights organizations worldwide to express their highest rejection against terrorism, and to make a massive appeal to rationality, moderation and dialogue. The reasons behind this historical distortion of Islam must be investigated through a direct and firsthand knowledge of this religion, to give appropriate answers to the disinformation campaigns and the flood of prejudgments that circulate worldwide.