Thursday, July 12, 2012

The 2012 Brussels Declaration

My Dear Friends:

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              The EU Building In Brussels

I was invited to the International Civil Liberties Alliance[1] Conference in Brussels on July 9th, 2012, held in the EU Building in Brussels. Let me explain why the ICLA Conference on Civil Rights is necessary.

The OIC

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the largest and most powerful organization that no one has ever heard of, instituted a 10 year plan to fight “Islamophobia” in the West. In December 2005, an OIC Conference said the following:

“The Conference underlined the need to collectively endeavor to reflect the noble Islamic values, counter Islamophobia, defamation of Islam and its values and desecration of Islamic holy sites, and to effectively coordinate with States as well as regional and international institutions and organizations to urge them to criminalize this phenomenon as a form of racism. [2]  “

Definition of terms is critical here. “Islamophobia” Is a word contrived by British Muslims in the 1980’s. It sounds like “homophobia”, implying that concern for Islam is an irrational bigotry. But when you consider that Islam is a political system that calls for the death or enslavement of non-believers (Q9:5), that brutalizes women (Q4:34), that has killed 270 million people in Jihad[3] and that would roll mankind’s standard of living back to the seventh century, we have a good reason to be concerned about Islam.

Understand that “desecration”, “defamation” or “insult” all fall under the rubric of the Shari’ah definition of “slander”. Slander, in Islam, means saying something about Islam Muslims don’t like, or revealing something about Islam Muslims don’t want revealed.[4] Note that the truth or falsity of what is said is irrelevant.

In Europe today, people have been prosecuted and convicted for merely reading passages from the Qur’an in public![5] And if you want to talk about desecration of Holy Sites, the headlines today speak of Islamic rebels destroying Holy Sites in Mali! [6] This is a severe case of “the pot calling the kettle black!”

Thus, unlike in British common law, truth is no defense against Islamic charges of “slander”. If the OIC is successful in imposing the Shari’ah definition of slander in the West, it will criminalize telling the truth about Islam, rendering the West defenseless against the onslaught of Islam in the market place of free ideas. This is what the Brussels Declaration seeks to resist!

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At the Conference, held in the EU Parliament building

2012 BRUSSELS DECLARATION

To Safeguard Individual Liberties and Human Rights

International Conference for Free Speech & Human Rights

To Preserve Free Speech, Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Democracy, against all efforts to injure and usurp those universal principles, we call upon leaders in all nations to support this 2012 Brussels Declaration to Safeguard Individual Liberties and Human Rights:

Reasserting that Human rights and liberties are universal, individual, equal, inalienable, and self-evident irrespective of philosophical, cultural or religious considerations, as a matter of long-held principle;

Considering that any honest defender of Democracy has the right and the duty to uphold and defend free speech, civil liberties and human rights;

Affirming the irrefutable fact that sharia law as articulated and applied is incompatible with and destructive to free speech, civil liberties and human rights and as such is incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy (as stated in the 13 Feb 2003 judgment of the ECHR);

Acknowledging that the declaration known as “Cairo Declaration of Human Right in Islam” also commonly referred to as the “Cairo Declaration” curtails all human rights under sharia law and sharia normative behavior restrictions (CDHRI Articles 22, 23, 24)on the pretense that  “All human beings form one family whose members are united by their subordination to Allah”(CDHRI Article 1);

Observing that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), being the creator of Cairo Declaration and its current main proponent has, by its  continuous and single-minded activity, proven to be the principal international politico-religious organization working to restrict free speech, civil liberties and human rights and to enforce sharia  in the world;

Asserting that any official endorsement or promotion of the Cairo Declaration or any cooperation with OIC that leads, by the test of consequences, to more enforcement of sharia anywhere in the world identifies its perpetrator as an active opponent of Democracy, freedom of speech, civil liberties and human rights;

Noting that such an identification renders illegitimate  any attempt by the perpetrator to discuss or negotiate matters involving freedom of speech, civil liberties and human rights in any local, national or international forums;

The signatories solemnly require of their governments and civil society:

1)      To commence a process, to be known as the Brussels Process, to implement the content of this declaration through education and policy initiatives at all levels of government and sectors of civil society, in order to safeguard the future liberties and rights of our nations and our children, so that all members of the human family may prosper as free individuals.

2)      To decline any invitation to participate in any local, national or international forum to discuss civil liberties, free speech or human rights, if the organizers – individual persons or organizations – are known proponents of the Cairo Declaration or societal sharia enforcement unless the negotiated or discussed topic  is a transition of their codification and implementation of human rights to the UNDHR definitions and away from the Cairo Declaration definitions.

 

3)      To protest against any kind of participation in a local, national or international meeting dedicated to civil liberties, free speech or human rights’ discussions or negotiations by any known proponents of the Cairo Declaration or societal sharia enforcements, unless they are only attending in an observational capacity or negotiating their entry in the Brussels Process.

4)      To initiate a thorough inquiry before any bilateral or multilateral cooperation about civil liberties, free speech or human rights related matters, in order to clearly identify any participants who are proponents for the Cairo Declaration or sharia law, or who have cooperated or collaborated with the OIC or its associated organizations.

5)      To reject and forbid any public funding for promotion of the Cairo Declaration or of any sharia societal implementation and enforcement, because such promotions are a direct attack against our most fundamental democratic principles and human rights.

6)      To stop any cooperation with all known proponents of the Cairo Declaration at a national or international level, when that cooperation has as its aim or result, a restriction of civil liberties, free speech or human rights in a democratic country, until those proponents repudiate the Cairo Declaration.

7)      To extend cooperation and support in all forums to former proponents of the Cairo Declaration who repudiate the suppression by the OIC and sharia law of civil liberties, free speech and human rights, and who assert that human rights and liberties are universal, individual, equal, inalienable, and self-evident irrespective of philosophical, cultural or religious considerations.

8)      To engage with civil society and official organizations that work to safeguard  individual liberties from suppression by shariah law, especially those located in nations that are signatories of the Cairo Declaration or members of the OIC, to encourage dialogue, education and understanding on individual liberties and human rights, as these terms have been commonly used in Western nations.


[1] See <http://www.libertiesalliance.org/>

[2] Final Communique of the Third Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Converence “Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century, Solidarity in Action”< http://www.oic-oci.org/oicnew/english/conf/is/ex-3/fc-exsumm-en.htm >

[3]A Self Study Course on Political Islam Levels 2 & 3” CSPI, LLC 2008 page 2-79

[4] See “Reliance of the Traveller” Amana Publications, Beltsville MD 1991, §r2.2 and §r3.1

[5] http://english.savefreespeech.org/

[6] http://www.southafrica.diplo.de/Vertretung/suedafrika/en/__pr/1__GIC/2012/07/07-Mali.html

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