UN physique condemns Quran burning in Sweden | Information
Alliance of Civilizations and several other Muslim-majority international locations denounce stunt by Danish far-right social gathering chief.
The excessive consultant of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations has condemned the burning of the Muslim holy guide by a Swedish-Danish far-right politician as a “vile act”.
Rasmus Paludan, chief of the Danish far-right political social gathering Arduous Line, carried out the stunt outdoors the Turkish embassy in Sweden underneath the safety of native police on Friday.
“Whereas the Excessive Consultant stresses the significance of upholding the liberty of expression as a elementary human proper, he additionally emphasises that the act of Quran-burning, quantities to an expression of hatred in the direction of Muslims,” a spokesperson for Miguel Angel Moratinos mentioned in an announcement launched on Sunday.
“It’s disrespectful and insulting to the adherents of Islam and shouldn’t be conflated with freedom of expression,” the assertion added.
Moratinos, who heads a UN company that describes itself as “dedicated to selling understanding throughout numerous communities”, mentioned he was involved concerning the rise in “discrimination, intolerance and violence … directed towards members of many spiritual and different communities in varied elements of the world”.
He referred to as for the constructing of “mutual respect” and promotion of “inclusive and peaceable societies rooted in human rights and dignity for all”.
Shortly after Paludan burned a replica of the Quran, Turkey’s overseas minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, condemned Swedish authorities for failing to ban the protest.
“It’s a racist motion. It’s not about freedom of expression,” he mentioned.
Arab international locations – together with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Kuwait – have additionally denounced the stunt in addition to different Muslim-majority international locations akin to Pakistan and Somalia.
“Permitting this hateful act that insults Islamic sanctities and values is totally unacceptable,” Somalia’s overseas ministry mentioned in an announcement on Monday. “It’s nothing however a demagogic observe that promotes hatred and racism and serves the agendas of extremism and terrorism.”
In a put up on Twitter, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson mentioned that whereas freedom of expression was a elementary a part of democracy, “what’s authorized will not be essentially applicable.”
“Burning books which are holy to many is a deeply disrespectful act,” he mentioned.
A gaggle of protesters gathered outdoors the Swedish embassy in Ankara over the weekend to decry the Quran burning. In Bangladesh, individuals additionally demonstrated towards the incident.
In April, Paludan’s announcement of a Quran-burning “tour” in the course of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan sparked riots throughout Sweden.