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Pillay warned that the floggings leave the Republic of Maldives “in breach of its obligations under several international treaties”. Presumably she meant human rights conventions like CEDAW, which no Muslim country allows to override the Koran. And that’s truer than it was before the Arab Spring toppled some of the last governments which even bothered with the facade of secularism.
The cluelessness displayed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights went further as earlier in her remarks she described her “illuminating talks with members of the Human Rights Commission of Maldives”. One of those commissioners, Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Kareem had declared a few years back that music was illegal and against Islam. Not any specific type of music… all music.
When a human rights commission member calls for banning all music that is the first hint that the commission may be running on a somewhat different understanding of human rights. Indeed the first mission of the Human Rights Commission of Maldives is to “protect, preserve and promote human rights in the Maldives in accordance with Islamic Shari’ah and the Constitution of the Maldives.” And if Sharia requires banning music, then protecting social order and religious unity by banning music is suddenly a human right.
It then follows that this is the recommendation of the Human Rights Commission of Maldives.
“When the number of people whose thinking and beliefs that contradict the beautiful Islamic principles are increasing, it is very important that the concerned government authorities bring out to the citizens the authentic information about religion (Islam) in a responsible manner. We would like to point out that, to save the society from religious divisions it is very important that the role played by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs be broadened.”
Is saving society from “religious divisions” by expanding the powers of a theocratic body really what human rights are all about? But that is the way it is in the Maldives and throughout the Muslim world. The failure to recognize that truth is the major blind spot of the international organizations that have fallen for the farce of Muslim human rights created out of thin air and terminology.
While the UN has applauded the Potemkin villages of Maldives human rights agencies, not a single rape case was taken to court in four years despite numerous reports of rapes and gang rapes. But in one year alone, 146 women were flogged for the crime of premarital sex. The Sharia dominated system was unable to get around to convicting any rapists, but it managed to convict and flog over a hundred women.
These two statistics say all that needs to be said about human rights in the Maldives and the United Nations’ willful blindness in the face of real human rights abuses.
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