United Nations General Assembly adopts resolution condemning violence based on religion and beliefs

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The United Nations General Assembly, on Tuesday, adopted a resolution, titled “Combating terrorism and other acts of violence based on religion or belief”. The resolution strongly condemned violence and acts of terrorism on the basis of religion or belief. The resolution which was moved by Turkey and co-sponsored by Pakistan was adopted by the international body without a vote.

The General Assembly condemned the recent mosque attack in Christchurch and urged the world countries to protect and promote freedom of religion and foster religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence in their respective societies.

Here are some of the most eye-catching quotes from the statements made at the UN Assembly:

“The world must stand together to protect all religious sites against rising anti‑Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism and hate speech. We must defend the freedom of religion and belief and the United Nations is urgently working on global action plans to combat hate speech and to safeguard religious sites.”

-António Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations

 “The adoption of the resolution today is a strong manifestation of our shared commitment to stand united against racial and religious hatred. The rise of extreme nationalist and populist ideologies in liberal Western democracies and elsewhere, including in our region, are fanning the flames of bigotry, intolerance, anti-Muslim hatred and xenophobia”.

-Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations

 “New Zealand is humbled by the outpouring of support from the international community and particularly grateful to the global Muslim community who stood with us during these dark days. We welcome the focus of the text on strengthened international efforts on global dialogue to foster a culture of tolerance, diversity and peace.”

-Craig J. Hawke, New Zealand’s representative to the United Nations

 “We recall the attack in the Quebec City mosque two years ago. Canada stands with New Zealand. When violence like this occurs, whether in mosques, churches, synagogues or on the streets, it must be called what it is: neoNazism, white supremacism, Islamophobia, and antiSemitism.”

-Marc-Andre Blanchard, Canadian delegate at the United Nations

 “Measures such as a Muslim travel ban and the use of the term “Islamic terrorism” are ways of encouraging Islamophobia”

-Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s representative to the United Nations

“Listen with ears of tolerance, see with eyes of compassion, and speak the language of love.”

-Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkey’s Minister for Foreign Affairs

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