Pan-Arab Parliament condemns republication of offensive cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)


Speaker of the pan-Arab Parliament has condemned as offensive the republication of cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad by some French and European newspapers in the aftermath of last week’s attack on the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. In a statement, Ahmed Mohammed Al Jarwan also said that the Arab Parliament will seek to bring to the European Parliament and the United Nations a draft resolution on criminalising attacks and offenses on sanctities and the Heavenly Religions under the pretext of freedom of expression.

“The Arab Parliament reiterates its condemnation of all forms and manifestations of terrorism and also condemns and denounces the reprinting of the offensive caricatures of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) who was sent by Allah as a mercy to mankind.” The speaker of the Arab Parliament added that the principles of freedom of expression which we all uphold do not mean the denigrating and mocking of the sanctities of others.

“One of the most essential principles of freedom is that it should refrain from offending the sentiments and sanctities of others, which is the case in Europe and western countries where the law punishes and criminilises anyone for mocking or denying the Holocaust which had targeted the Jews,” Al Jarwan concluded.




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