The Straits Times
Published on Sep 29, 2012

Muslim foreign ministers call for 'religious hatred' laws


UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Muslim foreign ministers called on Friday for laws against incitement to "religious hatred" as they condemned an American-made film mocking Islam that sparked deadly protests.

Ministers from the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said that freedom of expression had to be used with "responsibility."

They called on governments around the world "to take all appropriate measures, including necessary legislation against these acts that lead to incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence" based on religion.

OIC foreign ministers met on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, where the Innocence Of Muslims Internet film has been widely condemned, along with the death of four United States (US) diplomats killed in the wake of violent protests in Libya over the US-made video.