For decades the Organisation of the Islamic Conference has been trying to undermine international human rights via the UN’s Human Rights Council. The concept of “Islamic Human Rights”, as presented in the Cairo Declaration, has been continually pushed forward as being “complementary” to the International Declaration of Human Rights. But, in fact, it severely limits freedom of expression and equality by putting universal rights through the mincer of sharia law.
Now, sixty years on from the original Declaration, the UN Human Rights Council is meeting again in Geneva. The council has effectively been castrated by the OIC, to the extent that any discussion of religion (ie Islam) is now taboo.
But all is not yet lost. The Center for Inquiry has sent along Austin Dacey to report (PDF) on the state of affairs, and awareness of the danger is on the rise. You can read a summary over at Butterflies and Wheels.
The fact that the OIC thinks that Islamic humans require fewer rights than the universal declaration guarantees them is worrying. It is even more worrying that, after applying the sharia filter to universal human rights, non-Islamic humans end up with ever fewer. The OIC needs to drop the idea that there is a difference between Islamic and non-Islamic humans. There are only humans, and we all have equal rights.