UN rapporteurs: Alarming levels of anti-Islamism around the world

Sun, 17 Mar 2024 12:35 GMT
UN rapporteurs have warned that anti-Islamism has reached alarming levels.
UN rapporteurs: Alarming levels of anti-Islamism around the world

United Nations (UN) rapporteurs have warned that anti-Islamism worldwide has reached alarming proportions.

In a joint written statement issued on the occasion of the International Day to Combat Islamophobia on 15 March, UN rapporteurs stated that the UN General Assembly declared 15 March in 2022 as the "International Day to Combat Islamophobia" and called for strengthening international efforts to promote a culture of tolerance and peace at all levels and to encourage global dialogue.

In the statement, it was noted that acts of intimidation, violence and incitement based on religion or belief increased rapidly worldwide last year and that anti-Islamism reached alarming levels.

The statement called on countries to base any response to religious hatred, including Islamophobia, on universal values, principles and the legal framework of international human rights.

"The planned and public burning of the Holy Quran is deplorable," the statement said, underlining that it is appalling that Israel continues to prevent the delivery of adequate humanitarian and food aid to the predominantly Muslim civilian population in Gaza despite widespread hunger and serious signs of malnutrition during Ramadan.

"We witness attacks on mosques, cultural centres, schools and even private property belonging to Muslims all over the world," the statement said, stressing that Israel is seriously concerned about the unwarranted restrictions imposed by Israel on Muslims' access to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

UN special rapporteurs

UN special rapporteurs are part of a process known as the special mechanisms of the Human Rights Council.

The independent specialised mechanisms in the UN Human Rights system are the Council's independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address the situation of a particular country or thematic issues anywhere in the world.

Experts of specialised mechanisms, which are not part of the organisation, work on a voluntary basis and independently.


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