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At Saudi initiative, UN adopts resolution in favor of religious sites

2021-01-21T21:34:51.213Z

The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted by consensus a resolution initiated by Saudi Arabia pushing for a "culture of peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites" , which plans to organize a world conference to support this goal . The text “calls on the international community to redouble its efforts to foster a dialogue on a global scale on the promotion at all levels of a culture of tol



The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted by consensus a resolution initiated by Saudi Arabia pushing for a

"culture of peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites"

, which plans to organize a world conference to support this goal .

The text

“calls on the international community to redouble its efforts to foster a dialogue on a global scale on the promotion at all levels of a culture of tolerance and peace based on respect for human rights and diversity of religions and beliefs ”.

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"Religious sites are enclosures of peace, representing the history, the social fabric of individuals"

, underlined the Saudi ambassador to the UN, Abdallah al-Mouallimi.

"What a pain to see these religious sites threatened or destroyed, whether they are Muslim mosques, Christian churches, Jewish synagogues or Sikh or Hindu temples",

he added, denouncing any attack on them. respect.

In its resolution, which is not binding but has significant political value, the UN

“condemns all acts and threats of violence, destruction, degradation or endangerment targeting religious sites”.

It also denounces

"any act aimed at eliminating or transforming by force any religious site".

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, is also invited to convene a world conference that will bring together United Nations entities, Member States, politicians, religious leaders, religiously inspired organizations, the media, civil society and other stakeholders.

No date has yet been set at this stage.

The objective is

"to help mobilize political support for actions aimed at advancing the United Nations action plan for the protection of religious sites"

, the text specifies.

The Saudi initiative was supported by around thirty countries including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan and Venezuela.

The text includes an article which

“emphasizes that freedom of religion or belief, freedom of opinion and expression and the right to peaceful assembly and free association are interdependent and intimately linked and (that they) are mutually reinforcing. ".

The European Union and the United States underlined that they approved the Saudi text after obtaining significant changes in negotiations.

Freedom of expression and freedom of the media must be respected, like the right not to believe, argued in particular the European Union.

Source: lefigaro

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