“Undoubtedly, the outrageous remarks by the French president under the pretext of freedom of expression have lacerated the feelings of 1.9 billion Muslims and caused hatred in the international community, [it is] a reprehensible act that can threaten international peace and security and be a serious warning to the United Nations,” the committee said in a statement on Wednesday.
It added that none of the monotheistic religions allows humiliation, insults or any act against human dignity, noting that “any person who acts contrary to this not only has no relation with divine religions, but also has not adhered to the minimum human [rights] principles,” Press TV reported.
The statement highlighted respect for religions as mandated by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, citing Article 20 of the treaty that reads, “Any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law.”
The parliament’s committee on human rights further called on the UN to condemn the “illegal and irrational” measure and said it “expects the United Nations to take effective action to counter these heinous acts.”
Muslims have been irked by Macron’s perceived attacks on Islam and his supporting of recent insults to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Growing protests against the affronts have also led to calls for boycotts of the French products.
French President Emmanuel Macron has strongly defended secular values and the right to mock religion following the murder of a French schoolteacher who had shown his class cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Macron characterized the murder as an “Islamist terrorist attack” and said France would not “give up cartoons” depicting the Prophet.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a message to the French youth on Wednesday evening urged them to ask their leaders why insulting the Prophet of Islam is permissible while doubting the Holocaust is a crime?
“Young French people!” said the Leader addressing French youth urging them to “Ask your President why he supports insulting God’s Messenger in the name of freedom of expression. Does freedom of expression mean insulting, especially a sacred personage? Isn’t this stupid act an insult to the reason of the people who elected him?
“The next question to ask is:,” added Ayatollah Khamenei, “why is it a crime to raise doubts about the Holocaust? Why should anyone who writes about such doubts be imprisoned while insulting the Prophet (PBUH) is allowed?”
Also on Wednesday, a group of protesters, including university students, gathered outside the French Embassy in Tehran to denounce recent insults to the holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH).
Releasing a statement at the end of the gathering, the protestors described the French president’s remarks as “stupid” and “evil” and an instance of “modern ignorance.” They also called for the boycotts of the French products.
Iran also summoned France’s chargé d’affaires to protest Macron’s “anti-Islam stances.”
In the absence of the French ambassador to Tehran, Florent Aydalot was summoned on Monday to Iran’s Foreign Ministry, where the deputy director general for European Affairs denounced the French officials’ “unacceptable measures,” which hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims in Europe and the entire world.