Koran Burning in Sweden Sparks UN Human Rights Debate

An urgent debate will be held at the UN after the burning of a Koran in Sweden. The Muslim world is outraged by this premeditated act which was authorized by Sweden.

The UN Human Rights Council will hold an urgent debate this week following the burning of a Koran in Sweden, an act that sparked outrage across the Muslim world, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. .

This debate was requested “by Pakistan on behalf of several members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation”, council spokesman Pascal Sim told reporters.

A sharp increase in “religious hatred”

Citing the request made by Pakistan, the spokesperson stressed that the urgent debate aims to “discuss the alarming increase in premeditated and public acts of religious hatred, which are manifested in the current desecration of the Quran in some countries of Europe and elsewhere”.

Unlike situations relating to specific countries, it is enough for a single country to make a request to the Human Rights Council for the latter to organize an urgent meeting on a particular subject.

The debate requested by Pakistan should take place this week on a date which has yet to be specified.

On June 28, Salwan Momika, an Iraqi refugee in Sweden, burned a few pages of a copy of the Koran in front of the largest mosque in Stockholm and during the day of Eid al-Adha, a holiday celebrated by Muslims across the world.

The Muslim world reacted

This incident triggered a series of reactions in the Muslim world. Countries with a Muslim majority such as Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates or Morocco have summoned the Swedish ambassadors in protest.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, based in Saudi Arabia, has called for collective measures to prevent copies of the Koran from being burned again.

Swedish police had authorized the rally in which pages of the Koran were burned, but later opened an investigation into “agitation against an ethnic group”, on the grounds that the burning took place in front of a mosque.

The type of acts that Salwan Momika committed in Stockholm have already taken place in Sweden or in other European countries, sometimes at the initiative of far-right movements. They have led to demonstrations and diplomatic tensions in the past.

This article is originally published on lunion.fr


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