(MENAFN- Hip Hop-24) The United Nations described the burning and tearing of the Holy Quran in Sweden and the Netherlands as "disrespectful and irresponsible behaviour".
This came in a statement by the spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, to the Anadolu Agency, on Tuesday.
"The international human rights framework does not prohibit acts such as the burning of religious books in this way, but the behavior is completely disrespectful and irresponsible," Shamdasani said.
She added that they encourage the promotion of diversity and mutual respect, noting: "Political and religious leaders have an important role to play in raising their voices, especially against intolerance, and they must make it clear that violence cannot be justified by provocation."
On Saturday, the leader of the Danish far-right "hard line" party, Rasmus Paludan, burned a copy of the Holy Qur'an near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm, amid tight police protection, which prevented anyone from approaching him while he was committing a provocative act.
And on Monday, the leader of the extremist anti-Islam group Pegida in the Netherlands, Edwin Wagensfeld, burned the copy of the Holy Qur’an after it was torn and desecrated, in The Hague, the country’s administrative capital, about 3 months after he was arrested while he was also burning the Qur’an.
On Tuesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Dutch ambassador to Ankara, Joep Wijnands, to protest against the attack on the Holy Quran in The Hague, warning against such practices.
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