Inclusion of the term Islamophobia in a UNESCO draft resolution

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Ankara’s delegate to “UNESCO”, Gülnur Aybet, announced that the UN organization will include the term Islamophobia in its draft resolution on discrimination and racism, at a Turkish initiative.

In a speech during the 216th session of the Executive Council of “UNESCO”, Aybet said on Wednesday to accept the term “Islamophobia” in the United Nations General Assembly at the initiative of Turkey.

She reported that many countries in the Executive Board of “UNESCO” opposed the inclusion of this term in the organization’s draft resolution on discrimination and racism.

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She explained that the term will be included in a draft resolution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization “UNESCO” on discrimination and racism, at the initiative of Turkey.

The Turkish delegate stressed the need to avoid discrimination against all religions and those who choose not to believe in anything.

She added, “There is an urgent need at the present time with regard to Islamophobia. We do not see such attacks against any religion or any structural system where its holy book is publicly burned.”

She stressed the need to include the term in the “discrimination roadmap” document.