Karen Lugo

Americans should pay close attention as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosts representatives of the Islamic states this week in Washington. The working session may be advertised as an effort to combat “religious hate,” but the record of the invited, sharia-dominated states reveals a relentless campaign to see criticism of Islamic human rights abuses and oppressive practices made a crime.

For this first official American sponsored meeting, it is most important to understand that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu seeks baseline agreement on the declaration that "no one has the right to insult another for their beliefs."

This Washington meeting is prelude to a vote by the entire U.N. General Assembly in New York. Member state Pakistan originally advanced the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution A/HRC/16/18 for the 57 members of the Islamic coalition. Spokesperson Zamir Akram, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, has said that the OIC would not compromise on three things: “anything against the Quran, anything against the Prophet, and anything against the Muslim community in terms of discrimination.”

One of the main objectives of the “Combating Intolerance and Incitement to Violence” resolution, as stated in Pakistan’s draft proposal, and the version passed by consensus at the March meeting, is to call upon all States to “adopt measures to criminalize incitement to imminent violence based on religion or belief.” The final report of Resolution A/HRC/16/18 to the full U.N. General Assembly for adoption contains the same language.

U.N. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe reportedly said after the July ministerial meeting in Istanbul that “the U.S. is willing to host in the fall of this year the first roll-up your sleeves hands-on meeting to discuss actions that the States can and should be taking to combat intolerance in their society.”


Karen Lugo

Karen Lugo is the Founder of the Libertas-West Project and a co-director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence.