One such issue, of direct relevance to the inquiry at hand, was the United Nations Resolution on ‘Combating Defamation of Religions’. The Resolution made specific mention of Islam and urged the creation of laws in member states to prevent criticism of the religion. CCMW joined partner organizations to advocate against this, since we felt it may be used to restrict freedom of speech and to silence human rights defenders, religious minorities, and other independent voices.
Moreover, we believe that reform and revitalization of religious communities depends to a large extent on constructive criticism and free and open dialogue. This does not imply in anyway that
CCMW supports activities or views that are derogatory/defamatory towards any religious community.