Thursday, January 12, 2006

OPEN LETTER FROM LIBERAL ARABS & MUSLIMS

OPEN LETTER FROM LIBERAL ARABS & MUSLIMS

TO THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL
& THE U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL
For

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL
For The Prosecution Of Terrorists


Three leading Arab and Muslim intellectuals call on the United Nations Security Council to proceed to the establishment of an International Tribunal to prosecute individuals, groups, or entities including, but not limited to, Muslim clerics, who issue religious edicts (“fatwas”) inciting terrorist acts.


We believe, and we are certain you will agree, that it is not enough for the Security Council to adopt resolutions “condemning terrorism.” What will be even more effective is the establishment of an International Tribunal, affiliated to the UN organization. This Tribunal will further the
implementation of Resolution 1566 by prosecuting those individuals, groups, or entities involved, directly or indirectly, with terrorist activities.

These activities include, but are not limited to, religious edicts (fatwas), issued by religious clerics in the name of Islam calling upon Muslims to commit terrorist acts.

In following these fatwas, many terrorists have died, and will continue to die, fully convinced that they will immediately enter Paradise.

Certain religious fatwas remain the pivotal cause of terrorist acts. These fatwas clothe such terrorist acts in the apparent legitimacy of being one of the sacred tenets of Muslim faith.

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