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Freedom of expression does not justify insulting religious beliefs: Saudi Arabia

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, 06 Rabi ath-Thani 1436, 26 Jan 2015) The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned the incident of the heinous terrorist attack on a French Magazine resulted in killing a number of people, emanating from its rejection of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, whatever the motives or bodies who stand behind it. The Kingdom has been on participating in the march of solidarity against terrorism in Paris in the framework of the international solidarity to confront terrorism, which is rejected by Islam, and all international principles, legislations, and laws.

The Kingdom expressed in a statement issued by an official source of the Foreign Ministry its disapproval for the continuation of the French newspaper in mocking Islam and prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and its does not see any justification for such deliberate abuse against Islam and provoking the feelings of Muslims around the world.

The Kingdom also stressed that the responsible freedom of opinion and expression does not justify insulting religious beliefs, calling on keeping away from sedition and grudges against Islam and Muslims and against any of the divine religions, and on not disdaining all prophets.
The Kingdom confirmed its firm position on confronting the phenomenon of terrorism and deviant thought leading to it, and its understanding of the actions taken by the French government to maintain the national unity of France.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Human Rights Council has decided to discuss the issue of contempt of religions after the disgraced French magazine re-published blasphemous images of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and to introduce a resolution for vote at its next session in March at a request by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia submitted by Saudi ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Faisal bin Hassan Trad to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad Al-Hussein.

The resolution, to be put to a vote at the Human Rights Council, demands that the freedom of expression, the press and opinion shall not cross the lines which represent an insult to religions and beliefs, and demands an end to deliberate insults to the Islamic religion.

The Kingdom has sought in 2011 to pass a similar resolution by the Human Rights Council but the Western countries coordinated diplomatic alliances to water down the text of the resolution on the grounds that there should be no prejudice to the freedom of expression and the press.