Washington D.C., Jul 12, 2023 / 12:44 pm
The United Nations Human Rights Council approved a controversial resolution Wednesday that urges member states to more aggressively prosecute acts of religious-based antagonism, with the motion passing even amid opposition from United States and European delegations.
The measure, backed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and passed by a 28-12 vote, calls upon member states to “examine their national laws, policies, and law enforcement frameworks” to identify and rectify “gaps that may impede the prevention and prosecution of acts and advocacy of religious hatred.”
The document referenced in part the recent incident of the burning of the Quran that took place in Stockholm, Sweden, last month. The resolution called for the perpetrators of the act to be “[held] to account” in accord with “international human rights law.”
The U.S. was joined by Germany, France, and several other Western nations in opposing the measure.