Pakistan's resolution against the desecration of the Holy Quran was approved by the United Nations
Geneva: The resolution presented by Pakistan and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the United Nations Human Rights Council against the act of burning the Holy Quran in Sweden was approved by a majority despite the opposition of the United States and the European Union.
According to the World News Agency, a resolution against religious hatred and bigotry was presented in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which was discussed today. This resolution was presented in the context of burning the Holy Quran in Sweden.
The United States and the European Union opposed the resolution, saying it contradicted their positions on human rights and freedom of expression. Six other countries, including Britain, France, Germany, and Finland, also opposed the resolution, supporting the US and European Union’s position.
However, due to Pakistan’s effective diplomatic efforts, apart from Islamic countries, India, China, Argentina, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cuba, Gambia, Ivory Coast; South Africa, Ukraine, and Vietnam are supported. Based on this the resolution was approved.
In addition, Chile, Georgia, Honduras, Mexico, Nepal, and Paraguay abstained from voting.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said through a video conference that the act of burning the Holy Quran is an attempt to incite religious hatred, discrimination, and violence, which was done with the approval and forgiveness of the Swedish government.
The foreign minister further said that the international community and international institutions should take joint measures against this heinous attempt. The ministers of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Indonesia also supported the Pakistani foreign minister.
In his address, UN human rights chief Volker Turk said that provocative actions against Muslims, as well as other religions or minorities, are offensive, irresponsible, and wrong.
Sweden’s government condemned the Koran burning as “Islamophobic” but said everyone in the country has a constitutional right to freedom of assembly, expression, and demonstration.
The resolution demanded that legal barriers and strict measures be taken to prevent such incidents based on mental hatred and prejudice.