Supporters of religious freedom are asked to support a very important petition organised by Open Doors, an international organisation working with persecuted Christians and operating in over 65 countries across the globe.

Open Doors’ ‘Free to Believe’ campaign is aiming to prevent the General Assembly of the United Nations from passing the ‘Defamation of Religions Resolution’ in New York this December.

Several years ago the Organisation of Islamic Conference, an organisation of 57 countries with significant Muslim populations, introduced the Defamation of Religions Resolution in order to criminalise words or actions deemed to be against another religion, especially against Islam.

If passed, the Resolution would give international legitimacy to national laws that punish blasphemy or otherwise ban criticism of a religion. This would have a significant impact on the religious freedom and freedom of speech for religious minorities in majority Muslim countries.

Open Doors Australia reports that the Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Hon John Key, has responded by letter to the Open Doors New Zealand CEO confirming that New Zealand will again be voting against the Resolution in 2010.

Although Open Doors has also written to the Australian Government asking them to vote against the Resolution as they have done in the past, a response has not yet been forthcoming. Senator Guy Barnett alerted the Government to the issue in Senate Estimates this week.

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