Wilders trial: On to the UN

Today it emerged (NL) that three of the co-plaintiffs in the previous iterations of the Wilders trial, under the tutelage of that eminently scholarly lawyer Ties Prakken, will file a complaint against the state of the Netherlands with the UN.
Three Dutch of Moroccan descent have filed a complaint against the state of the Netherlands with the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations (UN).

Among the plaintiffs is ex-GreenLeft politician Mohamed Rabbae.

Their lawyer, Ties Prakken, told NRC Handelblad that the state had shown dereliction in its duty to protects its citizens against the 'hate-mongering' of PVV leader Geert Wilders.
The basis for the complaint was found by Prakken in art. 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Article 17

1. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation.

2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
I guess Prakken is pointing to the bit about 'attacks on his honour and reputation', a vague bit legislative language that could mean just about anything. Which is all the proof you need that legislating positive rights by these numpties leads to insanity and injustice and is generally a very bad idea. A bad idea, coincidentally, that is almost always proposed by persons of an ideological bent not conducive to individual freedoms or natural rights. Something to keep in mind.

For the moment there is nothing to get too worked up about, as the whole procedure may take years and the outcome will not be binding, legally or otherwise. It'll cost a few dollars and euros, of course. Money that will not be coughed up by Rabbae, Prakken or any of the other plaintiffs participating in this sad farce. And it'll waste the time of all involved.

This is so tiresome...

[UPDATE001] EN reporting via DutchNews.nl here. The full text of the filing (in English) can be read here (pdf).

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