SBY to Propose Protocol vs Religious Defamation at UN Assembly

By webadmin on 01:08 pm Sep 23, 2012
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President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
has
reiterated his plan to
propose
an international protocol against religious
defamation
to prevent conflicts
and maintain world peace during the upcoming UN General Assembly
meeting.

Speaking
at a press
conference before leaving for New York to attend the UN meeting on
Saturday,
Yudhoyono
said an
international protocol on anti-
religious
defamation was
needed
to anticipate negative developments, such as
those
seen recently
.

“Indonesia
has a moral obligation to convey its view and appeal, and probably
also participate in, creating an international protocol on how we
could prevent or reject actions or initiatives that could be
categorized as denigrating a religion, any religion,” he said.

Yudhoyono
first raised the issue on Monday
, calling on the
United
Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Monday to
issue edicts against religious defamation in the wake of global
protests ignited by the anti-Islam film “The Innocence of
Muslims.”

The president said in a speech before a national
meeting of the Nahdlatul Ulama in Cirebon, West Java, that religious
defamation should be condemned because it hurts the hearts of
religious people, disturbs the peace and can trigger bloody conflicts

He said the
United Nations’ “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” allows
for limitations to be placed on freedom of speech in the name of
public order.

“Article 29 actually limits rights and
freedoms, it could not be absolute as there should be limitations,
such as if it is related to morality and public order,” he said,
adding that
freedoms are limited under Indonesia’s
Constitution
as well.

Yudhoyono is
scheduled to
address
the UN general assembly meeting
on on Tuesday. Later that day,
Yudhoyono will jointly chair the first meeting of the High Level
Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, together with the Liberian
president and the British prime minister.

It will be the
first time the three co-chairs will meet with all 23 members of the
panel, the statement said.

Antara,
JG