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The National Society for Human Rights has expressed its denunciations of insulting the noble Messenger and the noble message of Islam, and rejecting any statements that offend the feelings of Muslims around the world, under the pretext of freedom of expression. The Society has also clarified that international agreements, charters and covenants affirm respect for the religions, beliefs and religious symbols of all peoples, referring that such statements is considered a violation of “Article Two, paragraph twenty” of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states that “any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law.”

Moreover, the National Society for Human Rights calls on all human rights institutions and societies in the world to prevent and oppose everything that calls for hatred and disrespect for cultural and religious diversity. This is already consistent with the resolutions of the United Nations’ General Assembly, the Human Rights Council that were issued on combating distortion of the image of religions and the necessity of respecting them and that urges all government to provide them in its Legal and constitutional systems so as to guarantee full respect and protection for religious symbols.

Besides, the Society calls on the international community to work on this in order to implement these decrees that are calling for respect for sacred things, and criminalizing insulting prophets and messengers, peace be upon them.

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