UN adoption of “measures to combat Islamophobia”

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Turkey welcomed the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of a draft resolution prepared with member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on “Measures to Combat Islamophobia” (Islamophobia).

This came in a statement published by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday regarding the International Day to Combat Islamophobia, corresponding to March 15 of each year.

The ministry said: “On the fifth anniversary of the heinous terrorist attack that occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019, we respectfully commemorate the 51 people who lost their lives in the attack, one of whom was our citizen, and we wish them God’s mercy.”

The statement called on the international community to adopt a common stance against “Islamophobia” on the occasion of the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.

It stressed that Turkey welcomed the adoption of the draft resolution on combating Islamophobia, which was prepared with the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the United Nations General Assembly.

On Friday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled: “Measures to combat Islamophobia” during a meeting on the occasion of the International Day to Combat Islamophobia, or “Islamophobia.”

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115 countries voted in favor of the draft resolution submitted by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, while 44 countries abstained from voting. No country voted against the resolution.

Turkey is among the group that prepared and submitted the draft resolution.

The resolution condemns any call for religious hatred and incitement to discrimination, hostility, or violence against Muslims, “as evidenced by the increasing incidents of desecration of their Holy Book and attacks targeting mosques, sites, and shrines.”

In its resolution, the General Assembly calls on Member States to take the necessary measures to combat religious intolerance, stereotypes, negativity, hatred, and incitement and practice of violence against Muslims, and to prohibit, by law, incitement to and practice of violence on the basis of religion or belief.

The resolution also calls for the appointment of a special UN envoy to combat Islamophobia.

On March 15, 2019, Christchurch, New Zealand, witnessed a horrific massacre, as a terrorist named Brenton Tarrant attacked worshipers at the Al-Nour and Linwood mosques with machine guns.

The terrorist massacre, which the perpetrator broadcast live on his Facebook account, resulted in the death of 51 people and the injury of 50 others, according to official figures.