Louise Arbour, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, has thrown her support behind a major pan-Arab human rights charter that commits to the elimination of Zionism.
Some critics say the wording is code for the destruction of Israel, but in a statement from her Geneva headquarters, the former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada welcomes the Arab Charter on Human Rights, which will come into force in mid-March.
"Regional systems of promotion and protection can further help strengthen the enjoyment of human rights, and the ... charter is an important step forward in this direction," Ms. Arbour says.
What else besides the destruction of Israel does this charter of human rights uphold?
Among other issues questioned by international human rights groups, the charter says certain rights can be suspended in the event of a national emergency.
On marriage, the charter stipulates it can only be between a man and a woman.
Women, who face religion-based discrimination in many Islamic countries, are guaranteed equal rights "within the framework of the positive discrimination established in favour of women by the Islamic Shariah, other divine laws, and by applicable laws and legal instruments."
What "positive discrimination" would that be?
Here is what I found
"Beating in the face is forbidden, even when it comes to animals. When a person is beating an animal... Even if you want your camel or donkey to start walking, you are not allowed to beat it in the face. If this is true for animals, it is all the more true when it comes to humans. So beatings should be light and not in the face. [...]If he beats her, the beatings must be light and must not make her face ugly. He must beat her where it will not leave marks. He should not beat her on the hand... He should beat her in some places where it will not cause any damage. He should not beat her like he would beat an animal or a child - slapping them right and left."
These instructions make great sense. As attested here, it is necessary to remember that this etiquette parleys the principle that:
"These hadiths provide some of the most decisive evidence that Islam protects women and guarantees their rights.Islam has surrounded the woman with a fence of compassion and mercy. It has shown that the twisted nature of women stems from their very creation. This is how Allah wanted woman to be. Therefore, the husband must adapt himself to her and be patient with her. He should not giver her too many things to do, or things that she is incapable of doing. He should not make her do anything that is contrary to her nature, and to the way she was created by Allah."
Just so now we know exactly what Louise Arbour is celebrating.
I wonder how the destruction of one people's rights, the anti-gay animus, the discrimination of women, how all these are harmonized by the doctrine of "multiculturalism"?