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UN united against terrorism, religious violence

Wednesday April 3, 2019

The United Nations General Assembly released a resolution on Tuesday which underlined the importance of fighting terrorism and any religious violence.

The resolution which was initiated by Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, Samoa, Somalia, Suriname and Turkey was ratified with no negative vote and by consensus among all members.

Working together to protect individuals against acts of violence, discrimination and hate crimes based on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance were the aims of the resolution which was presented as regard recent terror attack in New Zealand.

At least 49 people have been killed so far, and 50 seriously injured, after gunmen opened fire at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when hundreds of Muslims had gathered to say their prayers.

The resolution recalled that States have the primary responsibility to promote and protect human rights, including the human rights of persons belonging to religious minorities, including their right to exercise their religion or belief freely.

The UN member states strongly deplored all acts of violence against persons on the basis of their religion or belief and such acts directed against their homes, businesses, properties, schools, cultural centers and places of worship, as well as all attacks on and in religious places, sites and shrines that are in violation of international law.

Meanwhile, the UN General Assembly Urged States to protect and promote freedom of religion and belief and to foster a domestic environment of religious tolerance, peace and respect by countering incitement to religious hatred and violence and by strategizing and harmonizing actions at the local, national, regional and international levels through education and awareness-building.

A group of senior international figures, including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani together with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) condemned the heinous terrorist attacks.


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