UN adopts resolution condemning acts of violence

Resolution co-sponsored by Pakistan

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UNITED NATIONS: The United Nation General Assembly yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution which strongly condemns the persistent wave of violence, brutalities and all such nefarious acts of terrorism that targets any individuals and religious minorities.

It must be mentioned here that the resolution was co-sponsored by Pakistan.

Pakistani Ambassador to UN Maleeha Lodhi stressed light on the increase of extreme nationalistic and populist ideologies in the West and also in Pakistan’s neighbourhood.

In the light of India’s Hindutva ideology, Maleeha made it clear to all that such trends gives nothing but a massive rise to “bigotry, intolerance, anti-Muslim hatred and xenophobia.”

“Pervasive Islamophobia is a global phenomenon and calls for a global response: collaborative, coherent and committed action against incidents that fuel, funnel and fortify this narrative against Islam and Muslims,” she told the 193-member assembly.

“The adoption of the resolution today is a strong manifestation of our shared commitment to stand united against racial and religious hatred.”

By the terms of Tuesday’s resolution, titled “Combating terrorism and other acts of violence based on religion or belief,” the assembly condemned in the strongest terms the heinous, cowardly terrorist attack aimed at Muslim praying in two mosques in Christchurch, and expressed its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and the people of New Zealand.

In further terms, UNGA urged the states to protect and promote freedom of religion and belief and to foster a domestic environment of religious tolerance, peace and respect.

In her speech, Ambassador Lodhi, noting that nine victims of the Christchurch attack hailed from Pakistan, said that profiling and stigmatising people from one country leads to drastic consequences.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and survivors of this cowardly terrorist attack.”

The Christchurch tragedy also exposed social media’s radicalising role, she pointed out.

“It is time that we evolve ways to ensure that social media companies are held accountable for their content that incites violence or spreads hatred,” the envoy said, adding that Islamophobia posed a grave threat to global peace and security.

While expressing solidarity with the people and government of New Zealand, she saluted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her “exemplary leadership” in the face of the tragedy.

The Christchurch terrorist, she said, was only the latest manifestation of a growing phenomenon rooted in hate, bigotry, racism, and the extremist ideology of racial and white supremacy.

“The political falsehood of equating people of different religions with violent extremism, in order to garner political support for the forces of hate lies at the heart of this phenomenon,” Ambassador Lodhi said.

Freedom of expression, she said, was often used as an excuse to enable such vile expression to prosper and for hate speech to enter the mainstream.

 

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