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U.N. Doesn't Condemn Radical Islamism

The Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR), an umbrella coalition representing minority religious and ethnic communities from around the world, recently called on the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in Durban, South Africa, to condemn "Radical Islamism as form of religio-racism."

In a letter to Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, the Coalition asked that the voices and plights of those oppressed, enslaved and murdered by adherents of the ideology of "Radical Islamism - a deviation from Islam" - be heard at the Conference.

Coalition spokesperson, Mary Elizabeth Hansen, said, "Radical Islamism is not the religion of Islam, founded by Mohammed 13 centuries ago. It is a 20th Century movement based on a totalitarian ideology, which promotes violence and militancy in the form of Jihad. Its segregationist view of society - based on the concept of 'dhimmitude' - is racist, intolerant, xenophobic, supremacist, discriminatory, anti-democratic, and has become genocidal."

CDHR, which represents Hindus, Buddhists, Bahais, Humanist Muslims, Copts, Assyrians, Syriacs, Southern Sudanese, Maronites, Southern Phillipinos, West Africans, Ibos, Slavic Christians, Armenians, Arab Christians, Nubians, secular intellectuals, and women's groups, published on its website,, a Declaration entitled Radical Islamism = Racism = Genocide: Jihad-Islamism (not Islam) abuses human rights worldwide.

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