Newcastle Muslim leaders react to Emmanuel Macron's letter

NEWCASTLE-Newcastle Muslim leaders have condemned the French president after he has written a letter to The Financial Times due to being misquoted in an opinion piece.

Nabeela Ali, chair of Anti radicalization Mentoring and Awareness Network project, Hussain Sanam, Pakistan Cultural Society and Younes Mohammed, chair of Newcastle Central Mosque Islamic Centre say that ’s remarks against their community are harmful to billions.

In his letter, Mr Macron stated that: “If France is primarily attacked by Islamist terrorists, it is because it embodies the freedom of expression”

The President continued to state that his country “will not give up on their values, identity and imagination” and any “human rights” that he suggests Islamist terrorists target them for. 

Macron’s letter has left Newcastle’s Muslim leaders so appalled they have written a letter to Macron calling for restrictions on publication of prejudice material towards any god, prophet, person, community, belief or colour. The Newcastle Muslim community leaders wrote: “We the people living in the UK whole-heartedly condemn the recent and previous terrorist attacks in France, in response to the caricatures of Prophet Muhammad Salallaho alihe wasalum.

“We understand the freedom of speech is considered an “essential freedom” in France. It is protected by the 1789 Declaration of Human and Civic Rights, which is incorporated by reference into the French Constitution. It is also protected by the European Convention on Human Rights, to which France is a party to it. “We are writing to draw your attention about your self-privileged statements which are contrary to the French Law on the Freedom of the Press 1881 and human rights acts (under Article 4 and 11 of the French Declaration of Human and Civil Rights 1789 and Article 10 and 3 of Human Rights Act 1998, of the European Convention on Human Rights (France was part to it).

“Just in case if you want to review your emotive statement not because it has harmed two billion people around the world but to protect the dignity of the French constitution and the French President for the sake of your knowledge, history and French people.

“Nevertheless, it is [unclear] if you have limited knowledge about the Freedom of expression and human rights laid down in the constitution or [If you have] prejudice against a community. “As the 1789 Declaration of Human and Civic Rights defines freedom in general as ‘being able to do anything that does not harm others.’ “Consistent with that definition, freedom of speech in France is limited by the right to privacy, the presumption of innocence, the right to “human dignity,” and by rules prohibiting defamation and insult.

“Furthermore, the Law of 29 July 1881 on Freedom of the Press, which is still in force (although it has been amended numerous times since its original adoption), prohibits defamation and insults, both written and verbal. 

“We the Muslim community living in the United Kingdom demand, to put restrictions on any type of drawing, publication and exhibition that may depict God, any prophet, any person, community, belief or colour set the limits for the sake of protecting privacy, dignity, fame and beliefs with no exemptions.

“Mr President, it is, therefore, illegal to incite others to commit a crime as mentioned in the French constitution and you have protected the right to publish offensive and provoking cartoons contrary to what is written in the laws.

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