Islam and Human Rights
The year 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet its fundamental assumption - that human rights apply equally to all people, regardless of culture or religion - is challenged now more than ever. For decades, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has appropriated the traditions of Islam and Islamic law to contend that so-called "Western" conceptions of universal rights do not apply to citizens of Islamic states. This effort has penetrated even the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body charged with defending universal rights.
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