Friday, 29 March 2013

UN HRC Draft Resolution on Religion

From Reuters:

"The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a resolution drafted by the EU calling for an end to religious intolerance and violence and for all governments to observe freedom of religion and belief.

Introducing the non-binding resolution to the council, the EU described it as condemning "all forms of violence against, intolerance towards and discrimination of people on the basis of their religious or non-religious identity." "

However the Resolution has been criticised by some Atheist groups:

"Elizabeth O'Casey of the U.S.-based Centre for Inquiry said the EU refusal to include a direct reference to non-believers as needing protection alongside religious minorities "fails many millions of people across the globe".

According to Sonja Eggericks, president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, "[t]he wording of this resolution shows how the world, even the secular West, ignores the plight of atheists and other non-believers in many countries,"

But officials from the 27-member EU said they believed it was clear that the resolution - passed by consensus in the council where in the past there have been fierce struggles over religious freedom - covered believers and non-believers..."

See http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/22/us-rights-atheists-eu-idUSBRE92L0N520130322

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