President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim of Malaysia, who are in New York to attend the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA), made a joint statement on the "Increasing Acts of Hatred, Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence against Muslims and their Holy Names". In the joint statement of the two leaders, it was expressed with deep concern that the increasing acts of hatred, intolerance, discrimination and violence against Muslims and their holy names in many parts of the world, especially in Europe, have reached frightening dimensions.
Emphasizing that terrorism and violent extremism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nation, civilization, or ethnic group, the statement welcomed the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly resolution 76/254 on the adoption of March 15 as the "International Day for Combating Islamophobia".
"We condemn in the strongest terms the recent incidents in some European countries where copies of the Holy Quran were burnt under the guise of freedom of expression, as well as populist rhetoric that encourages abuse, hate speech, and aggression against Islam and Muslims," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said in a statement.
"We reiterate the essential role of political commitment at the highest level for the full and effective implementation of United Nations Human Rights Council resolution 16/18 and encourage States to pay particular attention to the importance of criminalizing incitement to violence based on religion or belief and to take urgent steps to ensure accountability," the statement added.
"We reiterate the call contained in United Nations resolution 76/254 on efforts to strengthen global dialogue to promote a culture of tolerance and peace based on respect for the richness of religions and beliefs and respect for human rights and call on all relevant stakeholders, including governments, to step up efforts to combat discrimination, xenophobia, racism, and hate speech in accordance with international human rights," it highlighted.
Source: Anadolu Agency