New York. The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) held a vote on Wednesday to condemn recent incidents of the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Quran. Many countries refused to support this proposal, these countries linked it to freedom of expression and declared that such proposals could not be supported. Despite the condemnation of the insult to the Muslim holy book, there was no consensus between the countries on this vote, but a great division was noted. The countries of Europe and America said that if hard work had been done on this proposal, perhaps a unanimous decision could have been taken.
In fact, this issue was raised by Pakistan and other Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries last month after an Iraqi refugee burned a few pages of a copy of the Quran outside the main mosque. from Stockholm. The incident sparked a major backlash across the Muslim world. The UN’s top human rights body endorsed the OIC resolution on combating religious hatred, with 28 votes in favour, 12 votes against and 7 abstentions.
Incidents of insulting the Holy Quran have happened repeatedly in some countries
Argentina, China, Cuba, India, South Africa, Ukraine and Vietnam supported the resolution. Chinese Ambassador Chen Xu said, “Islamophobia is on the rise. Incidents of insulting the Holy Quran have happened repeatedly in some countries. These countries have done nothing to enforce their declared respect for the protection of freedom of religious belief. Despite his support for the proposal, the Argentine Ambassador, Federico Villegas, admitted: “We would have liked to reach a text with more unanimity and clarity. European Union countries, including Britain, the United States, France and Germany, as well as Costa Rica and Montenegro voted against the resolution.
Keywords: India, Pakistan, Koran, HRC
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