The Islamic Faith Community, an umbrella organisation of 27 radical Muslim organisations in Denmark, is lodging a complaint against the state of Denmark with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva (by the way, take a look at the Office’s logo which ressembles the Arabic script for Allah). The reason for the complaint is last Wednesday’s refusal of the Danish director of public prosecutions to press criminal charges against Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that published 12 Muhammad cartoons in September 2005
(see them here, halfway down the page).
The Islamic Faith Community says that Denmark “acts as a barrier to justice” by its refusal to pursue the case against the paper. The Muslim organisation announced that it also plans to sue Jyllands-Posten for defamation in a Danish court.
Islamic Faith Community spokesman Kasem Said Ahmad said that
“Muslims living in the Islamic world have greater confidence in the United Nations than in the European Union.”
“our point is that in failing to censure Jyllands-Posten, Denmark has committed a breach of its duties as a signatory of UN conventions on human and political rights as well as international agreements on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination.”
The radical imams had previously announced that they planned to take the case to the European Human Rights Court in Strasburg. The European Court of Human Rights already received an application from French Muslims asking it to declare the publication of cartoons in French newspapers an infringement of the non-discrimination provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights.
As Paul Belien explains in a recent article in The American Conservative
“Those who believe that the whole issue has to do with 12 cartoons are naïve. Denmark is being punished for its alleged Islamophobia. Its crime is not the publication of 12 drawings […]. Its crime is the staunch refusal of the Danish Vikings to allow Muslim immigrants to impose their laws upon their host country. […] Since Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s center-right coalition came to power in 2001, Copenhagen has introduced the most sensible immigration policies in Europe.”
More on the cartoon affair can be found here.