Questions for Ms. Arbour: Is not being offended a human right? Should “appropriate restrictions” target the clear and present danger of possibly having one’s feelings hurt? In that event, there will need to be a U.N. court on every elementary school playground. “Louise Arbour condemns the film ‘Fitna’,” from Kuwait News Agency:
GENEVA, March 28 (KUNA) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said Friday that she joins in the condemnation, as expressed by the Secretary-General and the three UN Special Rapporteurs, of the tone and content of the film ‘Fitna’ by Dutch Geert Wilders.
Arbour urged all those who understandably feel profoundly offended by its provocative message to restrict themselves to denouncing its hateful content by peaceful means.
“There is a protective legal framework, and the resolution of the controversy that this film will generate should take place within it,” she added.
She also urged lawmakers everywhere to discharge their responsibility under Articles 19 and 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
“They should offer strong protective measures to all forms of freedom of expression, while at the same time enacting appropriate restrictions, as necessary, to protect the rights of others,” Arbour said.
She noted that equally, they should prohibit any advocacy of national, racial, or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.