GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Why would Canada abstain on this????

The Harper Government is usually good about these things...why on earth did they abstain???
Muslim and Western nations clashed at the United Nations on Tuesday after a measure backed by Islamic countries added monitoring religious prejudice to the duties of a U.N. free speech expert.

The U.N. investigator on freedom of opinion and expression is responsible for reporting on repressive governments' restriction of free speech. The change sponsored by Egypt and Pakistan now requires him to also report acts of "racial or religious discrimination" that constitute "abuse of the right of freedom of expression."

The change passed 32-0 by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday was seen as a move against forms of expression that have offended Muslims, such as Danish newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The U.S., Canada and some European countries said the measure could curtail freedom of expression and help dictatorial regimes block dissenting views.

"The resolution adopted attempts to legitimize the criminalization of expression," U.S. Ambassador Warren W. Tichenor told the 47-nation Human Rights Council.

European countries, Canada and some other nations abstained from voting last week. The United States is not a member of the council but can speak as an observer.

4 Comments:

Blogger Simeon (Sam) George Drakich said...

Harper's true colours are showing.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canada's delegation to the UN is still a largely Liberal outfit.

Given that international diplomacy is driven by personal interaction, that will not likely change.

There is very little domestic reporting on the radical agendas of many Canadian NGO's, many of whom were Liberal pet causes.

UN reporting by the Canadian media is ususally an exuse to bash Harper rather than put issues into complete cotnext.

Much like the recent reporting from the Parlaimentary Press gallery.

10:50 AM  
Blogger kursk said...

..and what colours would those be Sam?

..surely not the yellow of the belly or white of the backstripe of Canadas left?

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam is still pissed about the whole Serbia thing.

No doubt he will be happier with a Bob Rae government.

12:17 PM  

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