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President urges new rules on free speech

New protocol is required, says Yudhoyono

Minister Djoko Suyanto (left) says President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) will seek UN support Minister Djoko Suyanto (left) says President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) will seek UN support
  • Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
  • Indonesia
  • September 19, 2012
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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said Indonesia will push for an international protocol at the United Nations aiming to end religious conflict and humiliation in the wake of a recent film ridiculing the Islamic Prophet Mohammad.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa will propose a new set of rules at the UN and within other international bodies following instructions from the president in response to the furore generated by Innocence of Muslims, said Djoko Suyanto, the coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs.

“The president sees the need for such an international protocol setting a limit on such freedoms so that any actions involving humiliation can be prevented,” he told reporters yesterday at the Presidential Office.

Earlier yesterday, Yudhoyono told an annual meeting of the traditional Sunni Muslim group Hahdlatul Ulama in West Java that Indonesia would take a lead role in pushing for such an international framework.

“Similar cases have happened again and again as there has been no joint platform which could be used by all countries to take firm action against those who humiliate religions,” said Theophilus Bela, secretary-general of the Indonesian Committee on Religion and Peace.

There had been the same problems when a Danish cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad sparked riots in the Muslim world in 2006 and again when a Norwegian newspaper did the same in 2010, so too in April when U.S. Pastor Terry Jones burned the Qu’ran.

“If the United Nations could draft such an international protocol, then all countries could make it a guideline for taking firm action against those who humiliate religions,” said Bela.

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