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Burning of Holy Quran

Muhith conveys OIC’s condemnation to Guterres

Published : 21 Jul 2023 10:12 PM

Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith called on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to convey condemnation on the burning of Holy Quran.

"We deeply condemn the repeated incidents of the public burning of Holy Quran in few countries as they insult the sacred values of Muslims worldwide," he said while meeting the UN Secretary-General at UN headquarters in New York in his capacity as the Acting Chair of the OIC CFM.

He was accompanied by representatives of other OIC countries including Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Pakistan, according to a message received here in Dhaka on Friday.

During the meeting, Ambassador Muhith told the Secretary-General that such despicable acts of Holy Quran's desecration not only inflames the sentiments of Muslims worldwide but also goes against the principles of freedom of

expression, religious tolerance and individual beliefs.

 He further stated that inaction against this form of religious hatred may

lead to incitement of violence and thus destabilize the peace and security in

many countries.

 He also referred to the case of Rohingya Muslims who were forced to take

shelter in Bangladesh owing to the consequences of religious and ethnic

hatred in Myanmar.

 Ambassador Muhith urged the UN Secretary General to request all UN member

states to take appropriate legal measures at the national level to combat

religious intolerance including islamophobia, hate speech and desecration of

Holy Quran and other religious symbols.

 Guterres expressed his solidarity with the OIC members and strongly condemned

this heinous act of religious hatred.

He also assured the OIC representatives that he would do his best in his

capacity as the UN Secretary-General to support the global efforts in

preventing the recurrence of such anti-religious hatred in future.

Earlier led by Ambassador Muhith, OIC representatives called on the President

of the General Assembly Csaba Kor"si on 14th July and President of the

Security Council for the month of July Ambassador Dame Barbara Woodward on

20th July to express the similar concerns.