Center for Inquiry Defends Freedom of Expression at the U.N. Human Rights Council

September 17, 2008

New Report Critiques Movement at United Nations that would Prohibit
"Defamation of Religions"


As a coalition of Islamic states leads a movement to restrict freedom of expression that "defames" religion, the Center for Inquiry is speaking at the Ninth Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to defend liberty to doubt, dissent, and blaspheme. At a September 17 briefing at the Council, CFI will release a new position paper  "Islam & human rights: Defending Universality at the United Nations," written by Austin Dacey and Colin Koproske. The paper critiques an effort led by the Organization of the Islamic Conference to undermine the universality of human rights.

"Islam & human rights: Defending Universality at the United Nations" can be read in its entirety as a PDF file here .