European Court ruling to insult Prophet Muhammad “strengthens the right to religious belief” – Middle East Monitor

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The Foundation for the Integrity of Humanitarian and Human Rights (Hayat Haq) has expressed its support for the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that insulting the Prophet Muhammad does not fall within the framework of freedom expression.

The Integrity Foundation said in a statement that “the decision of the European Court strengthens freedom and the rights of religious belief, one of the pillars of freedom in democratic societies ruled by law”.

On Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that “insulting the Prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him – does not fall within the scope of freedom of expression, and ruled that the conviction of an Austrian court for a woman accused of insulting the Holy Prophet does not violate the right to freedom of expression, nor Chapter X of the European Charter of Human Rights “.

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The Integrity Foundation explained that the decision of the European Court comes in the context of encouraging the protection and respect of the religious feelings of Muslims and mainly aims to promote community peace.

The Foundation noted that the European Court “has clarified the distinction between the right to freedom of expression and what is considered a violation of this right and the abuse of the religious feelings of individuals and communities”.

The decision of the European Court of Human Rights came in support of a judicial decision handed down in Austria in 2009 against an Austrian woman who was fined € 480 ($ 548) by regional courts, in plus litigation costs, for the abuses of the Prophet Muhammad.


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