ICLA Mission Statement December 2012Presentation Transcript
ICLA Mission StatementThe International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA)
Mission Statement“ICLA is a humanrights organisationthat aims touphold democracy,freedom andindividual liberties.” Picture: Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen approved by the National Assembly of France, August 26, 1789.
Main Focus ICLA’s main focus is opposing the use of sharia when it undermines freedoms and human rights. Sharia law allows slavery!Hamoud bin Mohammed of Zanzibar. abolished slavery under British tutelage.
10 Key Issues1. Freedom of Expression 7. Countering politics2. Democracy & the Rule of disguised as religion Law 8. The Right to Oppose3. Freedom of Worship Sharia4. Equal rights for women 9. Interfaith Dialogue5. Equality Before the Law 10. International Cooperation6. Individual Liberty for Protection of Liberty
1) FREEDOM OF EXPRESSIONCalling for the protection of the citizens’ rights to freeexpression, the repeal of legislation that prevents itseffective exercise, and adoption of legislation similar tothe “First Amendment of the Constitution of the UnitedStates of America”, into national or international law: [Law Making Body] shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Sharia Compliance undermining Freedom of Expression Picture: Freedom of expression practiced in London’s Trafalgar Square • Salman Rushdie • Danish Cartoons • “Hate Laws” • “Islamophobia” • Istanbul Process
Passion for FreedomChris Knowles of ICLA outside thePassion for Freedom art exhibition inLondon.Artists from across the world gatheredto exhibit their work. The aim of theevent was to highlight the need forfreedom of expression.
2) DEMOCRACY & RULE OF LAWPromoting democracy and the Rule of Law by ensuring that allcitizens are treated equally under the law, and opposingadoption of any legal system that competes with Constitutionallaw, with particular focus on any such system that violatesfundamental human rights. This includes, but is not limited to,systems that discriminate against women, discriminate accordingto ethnicity or religion, and in particular any initiative thatdeprives the citizens of their rights to choose for themselves thelaws that govern their lands.
• One law for all in a secular society• Engagement in Civil Society & Peaceful Protest
3) FREEDOM OF WORSHIPProtecting the right of any person to reform or abandon hisreligion without hindrance, fear, or censure, as well as calling fornational and international law to be amended to providerelevant protection for such persons. In particular, ICLA willcampaign against the practices of intimidating or punishingreformers and apostates, and for the right of any person tochallenge religious authorities on these subjects. Finally, ICLA willsupport and encourage liberal reformers seeking to bringtraditional creeds up to modern standards for civil liberties.
It was developed beforeMulticulturalismFreedom of Worship is NOT:• The right to commit murder• An excuse for bad behaviour• A tool for cultural bullying• An absolute rightExamples:
Sati – Immolation of Hinduwidows"This burning of widows isyour custom; prepare thefuneral pile. But my nationhas also a custom. When menburn women alive we hangthem, and confiscate all theirproperty. My carpenters shalltherefore erect gibbets onwhich to hang all concernedwhen the widow is consumed.Let us all act according to Multiculturalism taken to extremesnational customs.“ General Sir Charles Napier
Aztec religion involved cutting out human hearts How far would things go today if the we had modern Aztec communities in our towns and cities?
4) EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMENPromoting equal rights for men and women alikethrough challenging discrimination against womenbased on religious dogma, or other discriminatory ordamaging practices traditionally considered ‘religious’.It is the firm belief of ICLA that equal rights for womenare a cornerstone of a modern society, and thatensuring these rights is vital for a balanced futuredevelopment of our societies.
“Men are in charge of women,because Allah hath made the oneof them to excel the other, andbecause they spend of theirproperty (for the support ofwomen). So good women areobedient, guarding in secret thatwhich Allah hath guarded. As forthose from whom ye fear rebellion,admonish them and banish them tobeds apart, and scourge them.Then if they obey you, seek not away against them. Lo! Allah is everHigh and Exalted, Great!” A British suffragette, c. 1910 The Koran, 4.34
“A woman may not leave the city without her husband or a member of her unmarriageable kin” m10.3 “The husband may forbid his wife to leave the home” m10.4 “A woman has no right to custody (A: of her child from a previous marriage) when she remarries…” m13.4 “A free man has three pronouncements of divorce” n2.1A woman wearinga Niqāb in Monterey, Reliance of the TravellerCalifornia – 21st century!
5) EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAWDemanding individual equality before the law, intheory as well as in practice.Countering violations of this principle in thetheory of legal or religious texts, as well as intheir practical execution.
• Women• Homosexuals• Minority sects• Non-Muslims
6) INDIVIDUAL LIBERTYSupporting the rights of the individual and opposingmeasures that undermine the norms of individualliberty. It is a fundamental concept that liberty belongsto individuals, not groups, and consequently thatgranting special privileges to or revoking them from agroup is at odds with this principle. In particular, norights must be withheld from a citizen due to hisreligion, either in law or in the application thereof.
Is dependent on:• Freedom of Expression• Equality Before the LawIs undermined by:• Political Correctness• Group Rights Statue of Freedom, US Capitol
7) Countering politics disguised as religionChallenging the use of religious ideology orstatus to gain political power or to conductsubversive activities; for example by requestingthat the status of any individuals ororganisations doing so shall be reclassified from“religious” to “political”, and subsequentlytreated as such by the authorities.
• Respect for Religion• Individual Conscience• OIC Smokescreen• Political Religion Picture: The Siege of Belgrade in 1456
8) THE RIGHT TO OPPOSE SHARIACountering any attempts by Islamic leaders or organisations to implementSharia, covertly or openly. Campaigning for the protection of individuals andorganisations working to prevent the implementation of Sharia in oursocieties. This includes ensuring that law enforcement and courts deal fairlyand robustly with threats and intimidation against citizens doing so, for suchcitizens are working in line with the European Court of Human Rights verdictof February 13th 2003: … the Court found that sharia was incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy as set forth in the Convention. It considered that Sharia, which faithfully reflects the dogmas and divine rules laid down by religion, is stable and invariable. Principles such as pluralism in the political sphere or the constant evolution of public freedoms have no place in it.
• Elisabeth Sabaditsh-Wolff • Tommy Robinson • Fjordman • Chris KnowlesPicture: 13th century slave market in Yemen- A clear example of an aspect of sharia that should beopposed.
Free Tommy RobinsonWeekly vigil in Berlin to free EDL leader Tommy Robinson frompolitical imprisonment in the UK
9) INTERFAITH DIALOGUEEncouraging individuals and organisations to engage in usefuland respectful interfaith dialogue, and exposing any fraudattempted in such dialogues. This includes requesting of relevantparties that they be clear and explicit in their communications,and that sincere efforts be undertaken to uphold anyagreements reached. Promoting the abolition of detrimentalreligious dogma, for instance by having Islamic organisations signon to A Proposed Charter of Muslim Understanding by SamSolomon.
• Dialogue not a power grab! • Sam Solomon’s A Proposed Charter of Muslim Understanding • ICLA participation in Ethical InterfaithMosaic at the Cathedralof Monreale, Sicily, 12th century.
10) INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION FOR THE PROTECTION OF LIBERTYSupporting grassroots groups, individuals, and otherorganisations committed to protecting individual libertylocally, nationally and globally. Lobbying governmentsand international organisations to develop legislationand codes of conduct to prevent stealth or openundermining of these liberties, as well as the humanrights violations that would inevitably follow fromthe destruction of our civil liberties.
• Networking activities • International Conferences • OSCE • 2012 Brussels ProcessAgreement of the Atlantic Charter, Newfoundland, 14 August 1941