Travel Diary: Finding New Paths to Bolster Fundamental Freedoms

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July 15, 2011
Secretary Clinton Participates in OIC Conference on Combating Religious Intolerance

In front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture in Istanbul, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined OIC Secretary General Ihsanoglu to co-chair a ministerial level meeting to advance the goal of promoting religious tolerance and freedom of expression across the globe.

“Together we have begun to overcome the false divide that pits religious sensitivities against freedom of expression and we are pursuing a new approach,” Secretary Clinton said. “These are fundamental freedoms that belong to all people in all places and they are certainly essential to democracy.”

Secretary Clinton and OIC Secretary General Ihsanoglu were joined by a host of senior government officials from around the world, including EU High Representative Catherine Ashton. Inside the red-paneled library where the meeting took place, Secretary Clinton told the assembled officials that United States will invite relevant experts from around the world to the first of what is slated to be a series of meetings to discuss best practices, exchange ideas, and keep all parties moving forward beyond the polarizing debates of the past.

This new approach was defined in March at the UN Human Rights Council, when that body passed Resolution 16/18. This landmark resolution, passed by consensus, established a new approach to combating religious intolerance that rejects prohibitions on speech and religious freedom and instead focuses on positive actions, including education, awareness building, government outreach, service projects, and dialogue.

As the Secretary noted at the time, adoption of Resolution 16/18 represented a desire on the part of the international community to move away from the divisive debate over “defamation of religions,” and away from the recent history of violence and controversy surrounding such issues as the Danish cartoons, minaret bans and prohibitions on religious dress, Koran burnings, and other explosive controversies.

You can Secretary Clinton's complete remarks from the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) High-Level Meeting on Combating Religious Intolerance here.

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few42
July 18, 2011

W.W. writes:

UN Security Council Resolution 1701

Is a Priority of Islam to stop Islam

Israel Is entitled to officially open a front of war against terrorism and against those who kills in the name of an Unexisting god called allah

S.P.Q.R. reminds to Y'ALL that Israel is part of International community as a state as a Nation as Humans wherever the Israeli citizen are spreaded.
Therefore International community is part of Israel and is its duty to protect who is being attacked in the name of a Violent Theocracy.

Therefore according to U.N. resolution Is a duty of Israel to put MORE Military and financial effort in fighting terrorism
along with international community.

higher45
July 17, 2011

WWW writes:

Communication among countries must be improved above all in Era of communication; its a war on Violence not on political ideals and ethics that may come from it.

Right on

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 21, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

In my experience as a buddhist infidel (small b) , upon presenting an orange and peeling it in front of a Muslim woman from Cairo who was suffering from dehydration to the point of expiring,; refusing to take it, a young woman from Tunisia who was of presence with good heart seeking the American dream according to her traditional values; sternly lectured this woman in Arabic, and took the orange I'd peeled and split, and held out, and forced it into her hands and walked away.

Deferring to her need for privacy I too turned and followed, asking, "What was it you said to her?""I told her that it was not haram to take from a man what has been made by God."

It is a shame indeed when a woman feels her life is over and refuses sustinance all due to the fact that her husband had just divorced her.

Upshot was this young lady called me some 6 months later to deliver a message from a now recovered mother, "thank you."

Sometimes it's the simplest of things that can teach the most.

EJ

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