UN Human Rights Chief: ‘Legal Obligation to Stop Hate Speech’

UN Human Rights Chief: ‘Legal Obligation to Stop Hate Speech’, by Robert Spencer.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein [of Jordan] declared last week [in Geneva] that the nations of the world “have a legal obligation to stop hate speech and hate crimes.” This comes just as Muslim countries are planning to demand that the UN explore “legal options” to stamp out “blasphemy” on social media.

Criticism of Islam will not be permitted.

Al Hussein lamented: “[A]cross the world, the politics of division and the rhetoric of intolerance are targeting racial, ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities, and migrants and refugees.” …

Al Hussein insisted that criminalizing “hate speech” was not an assault on the freedom of speech: “It is not an attack on free speech or the silencing of controversial ideas or criticism, but a recognition that the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities.”

His denial is hollow. What he is describing is precisely an attack on free speech and the silencing of controversial ideas or criticism. Al Hussein is likely well aware of that fact.

The jihad against the free speech has come to town.

This has been a years-long chess game: first came the charge — ridiculous on its face but relentlessly and indefatigably repeated — that to speak honestly about how jihad terrorists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and make recruits among peaceful Muslims constituted “hate.”

Then came the likewise specious charge that “hate speech” was not “free speech,” and was capable of being identified by neutral, impartial observers, and that it did not deserve the protection that various governments gave to the freedom of speech. …

We have free speech precisely to stop political bullies like Islam and PC:

Freedom of speech protections were first instituted in order to ensure that speech that was hated by the party in power could still be aired. The freedom of speech is our fundamental bulwark against tyranny, and prevents tyrants from declaring opposition to their will to be “hate speech” and thereby outlawing it. …

The PC crowd, whose campaign of bullying western populations into submitting to them is faltering, are only too happy to go along and institute curbs on speech.

These clampdowns are a manifestation of those elites’ growing anxiety in the face of the populist movement that caught them unaware in the UK with Brexit and in the U.S. with Trump, and that threatens to overturn their hegemony in Europe in the near future.

They’re doing everything they can to make sure that as few people as possible wake up to how they’ve destroyed Europe with their disastrous Muslim migrant policies, and now threaten to destroy North America as well.

The force of events will soon render their censorship useless, for all anyone will have to do in order to see the catastrophe they’ve created will be to look out a window.

The canaries are dead and the dogs are barking, but our elites insist that no one be allowed to talk about it.

hat-tip Stephen Neil