Press Statements

Expression of Islamophobia is not protected by human rights

MACSA follows the unrevealing of the incidences in France with great concern. It is bad enough that the Government of France has allowed Charlie Hebdo to incite prejudices and hatred towards Islam as a religion and towards Muslim communities that profess this peaceful religion. To further inflame the gravity of the situation, its President has blunderingly blamed Islam as “a religion in crisis all over the world” while defending Charlie Hebdo’s caricatures that meekly veil hate-speech as freedom of expression. While Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 (UDHR) has proclaimed that freedom of speech is enjoyed by all but Article 1 itself stands to promote dignity and rights in the spirit of brotherhood. As such, any expression that undermines dignity and the spirit of brotherhood can...

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