Iranian diplomat issues warning of rising Islamophobia

TEHRAN – Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has warned against the spread of Islamophobia around the world.

Speaking at a United Nations meeting on Monday to commemorate the International Day Against Hate Speech, Takht Ravanchi said the growing wave of provocations against individuals based on their religious beliefs poses a serious threat to coexistence and international tolerance.

Below is the full text of the statement delivered by the Iranian envoy:

“I would like to express my gratitude to you for convening this high-level meeting to commemorate the International Day for No Hate Speech.

We appreciate the proclamation of this international day to underline commitments to the purposes and principles of the United Nations and to promote intercultural and interreligious dialogue, dialogue among civilizations, as well as tolerance and reconciliation in peaceful coexistence among cultures. and religions. .

In our increasingly interconnected world, we need to draw on diverse cultures to enrich our ability to deal with the multitude of challenges that human beings face.

We should recognize the potentials of this diversity and create a new sense of unity and closeness.

Today, phenomena such as hate speech, xenophobia and Islamophobia, as well as incitement to hatred based on religion, seriously challenge the fundamental principles of tolerance between nations.

Notably, the proliferation of hate speech, discrimination and violence has caused great suffering to Muslim communities around the world.

The growing trend of Islamophobia has been fueled by the lack of resolve on the part of some governments to tackle hate speech and hate acts against Muslims, anti-Muslim media, as well as civic groups promoting a hostile and abusive environment against Muslims in the west. It is sad to see that the politicization and restriction of Hijab, the burning of the Holy Quran and the desecration of Islamic symbols and holy places continues in some countries. In this regard, we would like to recall article 20 (2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which stipulates that any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred which constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence is prohibited by law. .

In addressing this growing phenomenon, we can also refer to gender aspects, as Muslim girls and women are often targeted because of the way they dress.

These Islamophobic tendencies have created an environment conducive to violence and violent extremism that poses serious threats to social cohesion as well as to the security and well-being of all societies.

The designation of March 15 as the International Day Against Islamophobia by the General Assembly marked an important milestone in our collective efforts to combat this menace.

We have just heard scandalous allegations made by the representative of the Zionist regime against my country.

We reject these allegations which aim to divert attention from Israeli crimes and atrocities in our region. The Zionist regime is well known for its racist policies and the spreading of hate speech and its propaganda cannot conceal this very fact.