OIC slams Danish book of cartoons

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Author: ARAB NEWS

Friday 1 October 2010

JEDDAH: The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on Thursday condemned the republication of blasphemous cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that triggered violent international protests five years ago.

In a statement on Thursday, OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin
Ihsanoglu said Danish authorities should take moral responsibility for the
republication of the cartoons, this time in a book called the “The Tyranny of
Silence”.
Flemming Rose, cultural editor of the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten,
reproduced Thursday the cartoons by Kurt Westergaard, originally published by
the newspaper in 2005.
“The publication of the book is a deliberate attempt to
stoke sectarian feelings and undermine the efforts of the international
community to strengthen mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence between
followers of various religions,” Ihsanoglu said.
“Further, it is a violation of the 20th article of the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) of 1966, besides
violating article 140 of the Danish law that stipulates the protection against
ridiculing religious sentiments and article 266 for the protection against
religious contempt.”
The publication of the book reaffirms the concern of the OIC
about the misuse of the right of freedom of press to fuel and spread
Islamophobia in the West, he added.
Ihsanoglu said that he had discussed the issue with Danish
Foreign Minister Lene Espersen in New York.
Diplomats from Muslim countries based in Copenhagen had
urged the Danish government to halt the publication of Rose's book, which
features 12 anti-Islamic cartoons.
Exactly five years ago, the newspaper ran a front-page
spread with the same cartoons featuring the Prophet. The drawings sparked outrage
across the Muslim world and led to violent protests against Denmark and Danish
interests in 2006. The OIC had made it clear at the time that calls for
Westergaard’s death were un-Islamic and urged Muslims to refrain from violent
protests.

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