The United Nations, of all groups, is pushing a “plan of action” to “combat hate speech” and islamophobia against Islam.
Terror-sponsoring Pakistan threw its full weight behind the plan to sanction nations with political parties that may use anti-Islam rhetoric to win elections — especially in the South Asian region.
“An inevitable consequence is to fan the flames of bigotry, intolerance, anti-Muslim hatred and xenophobia,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres unveiled the strategy at a special meeting held in the packed ECOSOC chamber on Tuesday, according to MSN.com.
“My Prime Minister Imran Khan has recently again called for urgent action to counter Islamophobia, which is today the most prevalent expression of racism and hatred against ‘the other,'” Ambassador Lodhi said.
The UN Strategy and Plan of Action provides a system-wide programme with the overriding objective of identifying, preventing and confronting hate speech. The secretary-general said, ‘It targets the root causes of hate speech, pointing out that these include tackling violence, marginalisation, discrimination, and poverty, as well as bolstering weak state institutions.
While many of these are being addressed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the new strategy goes further by recommending a coordinated response, such as identifying users of hate speech.
Imagine, the UN moving to sanction countries for daring to speak out against radical, terror-supporting Muslims.
In this regard, Ambassador Lodhi called for government interventions to fight hate speech, including national legislation, emphasised that social media platforms should not become conduits for incitement to violence and evolving ways to ensure that information technology companies were held accountable for the content that incited violence and weaponised individuals.
And one of the worst nations on the planet for hate speech is none other than Pakistan, the very nation imagining it has the moral high ground to denounce hate speech.
Talk about hypocrites.
One wonders when the United Nations is finally going to speak out against Islamic terror?
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