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ECHR rule banning Prophet insult is a brave decision, Observatory for Monitoring Islamophobia announces in a press release

ECHR rule banning Prophet insult is a brave decision, Observatory for Monitoring Islamophobia announces in a press release

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the Observatory for Monitoring Islamophobia at Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta praised the rule issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) banning insult against the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) and not considering it “freedom of expression”.
The observatory fully supported the ECHR decision since defaming the religious symbols goes beyond the permissible limits of freedom of speech and could stir up religious intolerance.

“Such kinds of brave decisions help in minimizing the recently rising rates of Islamophobia in the West,” the Observatory stated. Furthermore, respecting and venerating religious symbols and sanctities does not impose any restrictions on freedom of expression; rather, respecting the other is a condition for any objective debate.

The Observatory called on the governments and Human Rights organizations worldwide to take action against all the attempts and forms of defaming the other under the pretext of freedom of expression.