Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Hate speech: Dutch MP banned in UK, prosecuted in Netherlands

This is an unofficial English translation of the Amsterdam appeal court decision that Geert Wilders, libertarian politicial leader in the Dutch Parliament, has a case to answer for distributing his anti-Koran/Islam film, Fitna.

He has been banned from visiting Britain's Parliament for a debate after a viewing of his film, because a Muslim English peer warned (or threatened) unrest from Muslims who want his film banned. This ban was under sweeping Immigration Regulations NOT domestic human rights law - causing a major diplomatic incident with the Netherlands as MPs of all parties condemned the British government decision:
"Lord Ahmed had previously threatened the House of Lords authorities that he would bring a force of 10,000 Muslims to lay siege to the Lords if Wilders was allowed to speak. Lords authorities had stood firm and said extra police would be drafted in to meet this threat and the Wilders meeting should go ahead. But now the government has announced that it is banning Wilders from the country. A letter from the Home Secretary’s office to Wilders, delivered via the British embassy in the Hague, said:
...the Secretary of State is of the view that your presence in the UK would pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society. The Secretary of State is satisfied that your statements about Muslims and their beliefs, as expressed in your film Fitna and elsewhere would threaten community harmony and therefore public security in the UK."

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