CNA Staff, Mar 10, 2021 / 14:00 pm
A United Nations Human Rights Council report on Islamophobia risks “polarizing the international community,” according to a Vatican diplomat.
Addressing the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, March 4, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič said that the report could prove to be “divisive” because it focused on one religious group to the exclusion of others.
The report, entitled “Countering Islamophobia/Anti-Muslim Hatred to Eliminate Discrimination and Intolerance Based on Religion or Belief,” was presented to the council by Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.
Jurkovič, the Vatican’s Permanent Observer to the UN in Geneva, expressed dismay at “the narrow scope of the report.”