December 15, 2011
See earlier article here.
The Legal Why is the Obama Administration Giving the OIC a Say in Our Right to Free Speech?) On December 13th, Nina Shea, Director of Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, reported on the first session of the three-day, closed-to-the-public conference called "The Istanbul Process." recently reported that the would be holding meetings this week in on "implementing" UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18. (See
According to Shea, her ability to report on the details is limited by the fact she has only been invited to Chatham House Rules," which "forbid releasing anything about a specific delegation or quoting for attribution." So much for the transparency Obama promised! These sessions should not be happening at all, but as they proceed they should be open to the public. the opening and closing sessions, and attendees were asked to follow "
Readers can view Shea's account here. At least some of the initial remarks from theconference were released and are available for viewing here.
US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook,stated this weekend:
We expect this meeting will be the first in of such "Istanbul Process" meetings that will help direct efforts and resources toward finding real and effective measures against intolerance, discrimination, and based on religion or belief, as delineated in Resolution 16/18, which are fully consistent with freedom of expression." (emphasis added)
Freedom of expression by whose definition? The Obama Administration should end "The Istanbul Process" now.
Family Security Matters Contributor Ann Snyder is a Legal Fellow at the Legal Project of the Middle East Forum, where this article originally appeared.