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Burning of Holy Quran

Muhith urges UN chief to convey OIC’s condemnation

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  • 22 July, 2023 12:00 AM
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Muhith urges UN chief to convey OIC’s condemnation

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Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to United Nations Muhammad Abdul 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.

“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 António Guterres on Thursday at his office at UN Headquarters in New York in his capacity as the Acting Chair of the OIC CFM.

The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh was accompanied by representatives of other OIC countries including Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Pakistan.

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.

In this context, 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.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his solidarity with the OIC members and strongly condemned this heinous act of religious hatred.