The resolution put out by the UN Human Rights Council in response to the desecration of the Muslim holy book in Sweden was hotly debated but ultimately approved.
The United Nations has voted to prohibit the public burning of Qurans, according to an interactive card.
Human Rights Council of the United Nations passed a resolution “countering religious hatred constituting incitement to discrimination, hostility, or violence,” despite the fact that the proposal was controversial. Channel [Al Jazeera]
Dated 12 July 2023 Publish
12 Jul 2023
The burning of a Quran in Sweden sparked protests from Muslims all around the globe, and in response, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution condemning religious intolerance.
The United States and the European Union voted against the proposal because it violates their principles on human rights and the freedom of speech, but it passed on Wednesday.
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The burning of a Quran in Sweden has sparked protests throughout Pakistan.
Concerned over the incident last month outside Stockholm’s largest mosque, when an Iraqi immigrant desecrated the Quran on the Eid al-Adha festival, Pakistan and other Organization of Islamic Cooperation nations obtained an urgent discussion at the UN’s top rights council on Tuesday.
Countries were urged to “prevent and prosecute acts and advocacy of religious hatred that constitute incitement to discrimination, hostility, or violence” in the resolution.
Wednesday, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari of Pakistan sent a video message to the Geneva-based council, saying, “We must see this clearly for what it is: incitement to religious hatred, discrimination, and attempts to provoke violence.”
He said these atrocities were committed with “government sanction and a sense of impunity.”
Ministers from Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia all repeated Bhutto Zardari’s statements.
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi of Indonesia has warned against further violations of free speech. “Silence equals agreement”
UN human rights head Volker Turk warned the UNHRC that inciting violence against Muslims or any other religious group or minority is “offensive, irresponsible, and wrong.”
Sweden has denounced the Quran burning but insists the right to freedom of assembly, speech, and protest is guaranteed by the Swedish constitution. How did voting go in your country?
Though not legally enforceable, UNHRC decisions are often seen as serious political commitments by member nations.
A resolution introduced on Tuesday urged nations to examine their legal systems and fix any loopholes that “impede the prevention and prosecution of acts and advocacy of religious hatred.”
Vote tally for the following countries:
Countries included include Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, India, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.