Arab nations call on UN to ban attacks on religion Holly Manges Jones at 12:59 PM ET
[JURIST] The 12th General Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) [official website, English version] ended Tuesday with members of Arab states calling on the United Nations [official website] to adopt a resolution which bans offenses against religion, including Islam. The member countries harshly criticized the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] printed in European publications and urged the UN to bring individuals who attack religion "to justice." Last weekend, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said he would lobby the UN to make blasphemy an internationally-recognized criminal offense [JURIST report]. Parliamentarians from 16 Arab countries on Tuesday also confirmed their stance against terrorism and asked the UN to sponsor an international conference to define terrorism.
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