Friday, June 24, 2011

A Beautiful Day For Freedom Of Speech

Geert Wilders has been acquitted of hate-speech charges.

See: In Defense of 'Hurtful' Speech

Yesterday was a beautiful day for freedom of speech in the Netherlands. An Amsterdam court acquitted me of all charges of hate speech after a legal ordeal that lasted almost two years. Yesterday, the Dutch people learned that political debate has not been stifled in their country. They learned that they are still allowed to speak critically about Islam and that resistance against Islamization is not a crime.

The fight is not yet over. The plaintiffs are planning on taking their case to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

See: Dutch Court Acquits Anti-Islam Politician

Ties Prakken, a lawyer who represented immigrant and antiracist complainants, agreed that “there is no appeal possible in the Netherlands,” and said she would instead bring the case to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, accusing the Dutch government of failing to protect people from incitement to discrimination or violence.

“We have a reasonable case,” Ms. Prakken said, adding, “there is some case law in our favor there.”

The circus will go on.

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