Malaysia is committed to collaborate with all stakeholders in combating Islamophobia – Minister.


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KUALA LUMPUR: Today marks the Third Anniversary of the “International Day to Combat Islamophobia” and Malaysia directs its attention towards the unfortunate phenomenon of anti-Muslim hatred.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said, Malaysia remains appalled by the legitimization of offensive, disrespectful and provocative actions, including the repeated desecration of the Holy Quran that continues to fuel hatred and violence against Muslims and religious minorities.

He said, these actions are the deadly manifestation of Islamophobic acts, which have dangerously risen to “epidemic proportions” as of late.

The minister added, if left unchecked, these acts will undoubtedly lead to a vicious cycle of violence and extremism which would undermine efforts towards establishing and maintaining international peace and harmony.

“For this reason, Malaysia reaffirms its unwavering commitment to address Islamophobia and all acts of violence and hatred against persons based on their religions or beliefs.

“We continue to uphold the spirit of Article 1 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which states “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” Mohamad said in a statement today.

According to the statement, Malaysia welcomes various initiatives conducted by the United Nations General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which called for strengthened international efforts to promote culture of tolerance and peace, based on respect for human rights and diversity of religions and beliefs.

“Malaysia believes that more tangible actions are needed to tackle the cause of Islamophobia. We strongly urge the international community to identify concrete measures to counteract the prevailing conditions and attitudes that are fostering these abhorrent acts.

“We fully support the call for an appointment of the “UN Special Envoy on combating Islamophobia”. Inter-cultural and interfaith dialogue plays an important role in fostering peace, moderation and religious tolerance.

“As a multi-racial and multi-religious country, Malaysia believes that the value of moderation can bridge differences and resolve disputes as it calls for mutual respect and understanding, tolerance, dialogue, compromise, harmony, inclusiveness and justice,” Mohamad reiterated.

He added, Malaysia remains steadfast in its commitment to collaborate with all stakeholders in combating Islamophobia.- Malaysia World News

 


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