Qatar to draft law banning insult to religions: Minister

October 19, 2012 - 1:16:09 am

DOHA: Qatar is taking a key legal initiative to draft a law banning the insult of any religion and hopes to eventually see it being converted into an international law with help from the UN.

The Ministry of Justice is taking an initiative to prepare the draft of the proposed law that seeks to ban the insult of religions, the Minister of Justice, H E Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim announced here yesterday on the sidelines of a seminar.

The draft of the proposed law entitled ‘Qatar’s model law to stop the insult of religions’ is to be prepared by the justice ministry in collaboration with the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS).

The draft is to be discussed at the level of GCC justice ministers and later forwarded to the Arab justice ministers’ meeting in Cairo which is to be held in November, Qatar News Agency reported yesterday.

A workshop will be held where justice ministries from the Arab World will be present along with senior IUMS representatives and legal experts that would discuss the draft. The draft law will be discussed in the meeting of the ministers of justice of Arab countries scheduled to be held in Cairo in November for approval.

Dr Yousuf Al Qaradawi, President of IUMS, has demanded from the United Nations for the issuance of a law banning the insult of religions and protect the holy places at a seminar on legal protection of the religion.  The seminar was titled “Legal Protection to Prevent the Infringement of Religions (Challenges and Solutions)”.

The seminar was organized by the Centre of Legal and Judicial Studies at the Ministry of Justice.

Dr Qaradawi called for a draft law in major languages and forward it to international organizations and the Organisation of Islamic Conference States and to be studied by the Arab ministers of justice. And finally the draft law should be submitted to the United Nations officially for approval. The proposed law to protect the religions aims to maintain security and peace in the world, said Dr Qaradawi.

The Peninsula