West’s free speech stand bars blasphemy ban: OIC

By Reuters
ISTANBUL

Western opposition has made it impossible for Muslim states to obtain a ban on blasphemy, including anti-Islamic videos and cartoons that have touched off deadly riots, the Islamic world’s top diplomat said.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said his 57-nation body would not try again for United Nations support to ban insults to religion, but appealed for states to apply hate-speech laws concerning Islam.

“We could not convince them,” said the Turkish head of the 57-member organization which had tried from 1998 until 2011 to get a United Nations-backed ban on blasphemy.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/16/244049.html

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