Geneva, 11 July 2023 (TDI): At the request of Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held an urgent debate today.

Its major focus was the acts of religious hatred, especially the recent incidents of desecration of the Holy Quran in some European and other states.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari delivered a compelling video statement on this urgent debate at the 53rd session of the UNHRC.

The Minister stressed the importance of addressing deliberative acts of religious hatred. He emphasized the significance of working together to deal with the elements that feed such divisions.

He highlighted that this Holy Book serves as a spiritual anchor for nearly two million Muslims worldwide and is the fundamental source of their dignity and identity.

The Foreign Minister (FM) encouraged a clear acknowledgement of such acts as threats to discrimination and violence. He underlined that freedom of speech is important, but it should never be used as a cover for hate speech. This is an unjustifiable act.

FM has declared his support for combating the development of religious intolerance. He urged the international community to isolate and condemn individuals who promote such ideas.

Recognizing the HRC’s crucial role, the FM emphasized the urgent need for the Council to develop routes for mutual respect and tolerance.

He furthermore asked all member nations to work together to combat injustice and intolerance and also build an environment of respect and inclusivity.

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The FM’s address serves as a resounding call to action in the middle of escalating religious hatred. He advocated worldwide cooperation in defeating religious hate, aligning with Human Rights Council ideals.

As the urgent debate unfolds, the FM words will act as a powerful reminder to address religious haters, further ensuring the fundamental human rights for all.