Canwest News Service
Published: Monday, November 24, 2008
NATIONS - Islamic countries Monday won United Nations backing for an
anti-blasphemy measure Canada and other Western critics say risks being
used to limit freedom of speech.
Combating Defamation of
Religions passed 85-50 with 42 abstentions in a key UN General Assembly
committee, and will enter into the international record after an
expected rubber stamp by the plenary later in the year.
the draft's sponsors say it and earlier similar measures are aimed at
preventing violence against worshippers regardless of religion,
religious tolerance advocates warn the resolutions are being
accumulated for a more sinister goal.