March 20, 2023

The UN report indicated that ‘suspicion, discrimination and outright hatred’ in the direction of Muslims had reached ‘epidemic proportions’.

The United Nations is observing March 15 because the Worldwide Day to Fight Islamophobia with the purpose of taking “concrete motion within the face of rising hatred, discrimination, and violence in opposition to Muslims”.

UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres affirmed that the transfer is “a name for motion to stamp out anti-Muslim hatred”.

“Discrimination diminishes us all. We should arise in opposition to it,” he stated on Twitter. “Right now & daily, we should counter the forces of division by reaffirming our frequent humanity.”

Final 12 months, the United Nations Common Meeting (UNGA) adopted a unanimous decision submitted by Pakistan on behalf of the Group of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) deeming today because the Worldwide Day to Fight Islamophobia.

The UN stated {that a} current UN particular rapporteur report on freedom of faith or perception indicated that “suspicion, discrimination and outright hatred in the direction of Muslims had reached ‘epidemic proportions'”.

The UN report signifies that in nations the place they characterize a minority, Muslims typically face discrimination in accessing items and companies, discovering work, and schooling, including that in some nations, they’re denied citizenship or authorized immigration standing as a result of hostile perceptions of foreigners that Muslims characterize a menace to nationwide safety.

Muslim girls are disproportionately focused in Islamophobic hate crimes, the UN added.

‘A giant downside’

“It says to me that we actually have an issue, a giant downside, to ensure that the UN to return out and acknowledge that Islamophobia is a worldwide problem and to speak in opposition to it,” stated Heisam Galyon, a member of the Islamic Society of To put in Better Houston.

In a cellphone interview with Anadolu information company, Galyon stated the one solution to handle Islamophobia is to get the message out to the world.

“We have to discuss it. You’ll be able to’t clear up an issue for those who do not convey it up.”

UN Common Meeting President Csaba Korosi additionally famous that “Islamophobia is rooted in xenophobia, or the worry of foreigners, which is mirrored in discriminatory practices, journey bans, hate speech, bullying and focusing on of different individuals” and urged nations to uphold the liberty of faith and take motion in opposition to the hatred.

“All of us carry a accountability to problem Islamophobia or any related phenomenon, to name out injustice and condemn discrimination based mostly on faith or perception – or the dearth of them,” stated Korosi.

Final week, the Turkish ambassador to the UN stated that Islamophobia has turn into a “main menace to democracy” and desecration of the holy Quran and mosques is “on the rise”.

Sedat Onal stated, “Islamophobia is an actual and a rising menace.”

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