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U.N. Tackles Religious Intolerance without Limiting Free Speech

December 20, 2011

Myth vs. Reality on U.S. Engagement with Islamic States Yesterday, in an historic vote, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on combating religious intolerance. The novelty of this text is that it does not include the harmful concept of “defamation of religions.” Instead, the General Assembly resolution calls on governments to speak out and to condemn hatred, while encouraging open debate, human rights education, and interfaith and intercultural initiatives.

 

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