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Amid the news of Osama Bin Laden’s killing, and the extreme public reaction in Pakistan, it is worth asking, “Do all Muslims support jihad killing of innocents?” and “What human rights do Muslim majority nations allow?”
We regularly read about the denial of voting rights, civil rights, public education or free speech for women and minorities in Muslim nations, such as Iran’s killing of members of B’nai Brith, an offshoot sect of Islam that many Muslims consider a heresy.
But how much of this repression of basic human rights is due to the “culture” of national governments and how much is due to the religion of Islam?
One way to evaluate this question is to ask how well do Muslim majority nations comply with the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1947?
The declaration set forth principles of human rights similar to our Bill of Rights.
A Wikipedia article on Muslim majority nations identifies 47 as having a Muslim citizenship ranging from 50 percent (Burkina Faso) to 100 percent (Saudi Arabia).
One would think that the Muslim majority nations which are members of the UN would endorse the declaration’s human rights principles and enshrine them in national civil law. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
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