The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution against religious hatred in the context of the burning of the Holy Quran in Sweden. It called on the UN human rights chief to publish a report on religious hatred.
Also, the governments of the UN member countries have been asked to review the existing laws and loopholes in their respective countries. In particular, it has been urged to examine laws that prevent religious hatred, prosecute hate speech, and prevent the propagation of religious hatred. Aljazeera news.
Pakistan moved the motion on behalf of the 57 countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) last month after a man burned a Muslim holy book, the Koran, in front of a mosque in Sweden. The United States and the European Union strongly opposed the proposal. They argue that the proposal is in conflict with human rights and the right to freedom of expression. However, most countries, including Bangladesh and China, voted in favor of the proposal.
Last month, an Iraqi immigrant burned a Koran in front of a mosque in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. The incident sparked a storm of criticism from the Muslim world and demanded strict action against it.
The influence of the OIC countries on the UN Human Rights Council is now greater than at any time in the past. In Wednesday’s vote, therefore, the western countries had to see a big loss. 28 countries voted in favor of the proposal. There were 12 against, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Seven countries abstained from voting.