Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland have stated they have no intention of signing the new UN pact on Migration. In the eyes of many of the advocates for the measure, they find it laughable that these countries wouldn’t sign on to what they consider to be nothing more than a non-binding framework for countries to treat immigration as a human right.
Now it is true that this is a pact and not a resolution, and as such is not considered to be binding by the UN’s own standards, but the United Nations are not known to be kind to those who don’t adhere to the “non-binding” pacts they sign. One aspect of the pact seems to be particularly preoccupying as it adopts some of the lunacy that is characteristic of the fringes of the far-left on college campuses. The lunacy being the outlawing of what they categorize as speech that is meant to intimidate, belittle, or threaten a minority group also known as “hate speech.”
MEP Marcel de Graaff made the following statement about the pact:
“One basic element of this new agreement is the extension of the definition of hate speech. The agreement wants to criminalise migration speech. Criticism of migration will become a criminal offence. Media outlets that give room to criticism of migration can be shut down. The compact for migration is legalisation of mass migration. It is declaring migration as a human right so it will, in effect, become impossible to criticise Mrs Merkel’s welcoming of migrants politics without being at risk of being jailed for hate speech.”
This is effectively claiming that having an opinion that differs from that of the politicians and political leaders who advocate for open-borders migration is hateful and divisive enough that it warrants government censorship and retaliation. Luckily we live in one of the counties who denied the premise of the pact, but we will have to wait and see what the fall out is for those who signed up.