Algerian ambassador Idriss Al-Jazairy, as head of the U.N.’s “Ad Hoc Committe on Complementary Standards,” has drafted an additional protocol to amend the International Covenant on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

At first glance, the text speaks only of stopping “incitement,” and of seeking to protect freedom of religion, cleverly using the existing legal terminology of the ICCPR and the ICERD. However, all of this is code. In reality, as the explanatory notes to the amendments make clear, the true purpose is to ban “defamation of religions,” i.e., any expression that questions Islamic dogma, diverges from state-sponsored Islamic orthodoxy, or that offends Islamic sensibilties.

If successful, it would be the first time in history that one of the world’s core human rights treaties were rewritten according to the Islamic states’ decade-long U.N. campaign against free speech, a move that would have dramatic consequences for the legal systems of countries around the world. The adoption of the changes would mark a dramatic setback for the cause of free speech and free exercise of religion worldwide.

Geneva insiders say that former UN racism official Doudou Diene helped the Algerian diplomat with the drafting.



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