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Charlie Hebdo cartoons 'doubly irresponsible': UN

Published on Sep 21, 2012 8:15 PM

UN GENEVA (AFP) - The United Nation (UN)'s human rights agency on Friday condemned French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's publication of cartoons mocking Prophet Muhammad amid tensions in the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film.

"Both the film and the cartoons are malicious and deliberately provocative," said Mr Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

"In the case of Charlie Hebdo, given they knew full well what happened last week with the film, it seems doubly irresponsible on their part to have published these cartoons," he told reporters in Geneva.

Mr Colville stressed that Pillay understood why people wished to protest against the film and the cartoons for their "disgracefully distorted image of Muslims," but insisted they should do so peacefully.

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