Saudi Arabia: No to violence against religious sites and places of worship .. We refuse to obliterate its identity by force – Saudi News


The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the draft resolution presented by the Kingdom to promote a culture of peace and tolerance for the protection of religious sites.

The resolution condemns all acts of violence or threats that are still committed against religious sites, or their destruction or damage to them because they are places of worship, and it rejects the obliteration of the identity and the forcible transfer of any religious sites, and it condemns the attacks of extremists and terrorists on religious sites and places of worship, and affirms the importance of religious sites as places of peace. It represents the history of people and their social fabric and must be respected.

The decision rejects all speeches of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief, and negative stereotyping of people on the basis of their religion or belief, and that freedom of opinion and expression carries responsibilities and duties in confronting all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief.

The resolution expresses concern about the dangerous situations, degrading stereotyping and negative stereotyping that continue to target people on the basis of their religion and belief, and affirms that terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations cannot and should not be linked to any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.

It also stresses the urgent need to strengthen international, regional and sub-regional cooperation aimed at supporting national capacities of states to effectively prevent attacks on places of worship, calling on all member states to enhance education and capacity-building in order to counter incitement to violence by promoting messages of unity, solidarity and dialogue between religions and cultures. .

The permanent representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami, stated in his speech during the session of the United Nations General Assembly that the draft resolution entitled “Promoting a culture of peace and tolerance to protect religious sites” was presented by the Kingdom, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE, Yemen, Pakistan, and dozens of friendly countries co-sponsored the draft resolution, using the United Nations initiative to protect religious sites in its formulation.

He expressed his hope that the decision would achieve the development of a culture of peace with regard to relations between individuals, groups and states, and make this culture a powerful shield against attacks of extremism, hatred and violence, especially those that were based on the existence of differences between people, races, religions and cultures, in addition to harnessing the culture of peace towards protecting sites. Religious and religious symbols include acts of violence, provocation and ridicule, and the keenness to avoid a clash between religious values ​​and beliefs and the values ​​of tolerance and freedom of expression of opinion, through mutual respect and self-awareness of the limits that should be stopped in order to prevent stirring up sedition and provocation.

He pointed out that one of the aims of this resolution is to confirm that there is no justification for using violence in expressing views, especially with regard to respect for differences in religions and beliefs, in addition to emphasizing the great importance and high status of religious sites, and the need to work to protect and protect them. As oases of peace, centers of enlightenment, and a receptacle of history.

He emphasized that the bonds of humanity are at the basis of equality in rights and dignity among peoples, and that this great awareness is a responsibility that the countries of the world bear in their commitment to the principles and purposes enshrined in the United Nations Charter, and that religious sites are places of peace and worship and represent the history of peoples and their social fabric.

He said, “We deplore the offense and mockery of religious symbols and respected personalities, and we believe that human freedoms should not be used as a means of provocation and igniting clashes, but rather they should be a factor in understanding, understanding, dialogue and acceptance of others.”

Ambassador Al-Muallami stressed the Kingdom’s firm positions based on respecting difference and condemning aggression and terrorism, regardless of its sources or justifications, expressing the Kingdom’s condemnation of everything that could help with terrorism through direct support to terrorists or by provoking them and calling them directly or indirectly to carry out their actions. Criminal.

He added, “Today we put before you this decision after the submitting countries were keen to work with all member states and regional groups in a comprehensive and transparent manner, and they conducted lengthy consultations over a period of about four months to ensure that the concerns and suggestions of Member States are taken into account and work to integrate them to the maximum extent possible in the draft resolution until If it is possible to communicate to an accepted form by successfully placing it under the silent procedure.

Ambassador Abdullah Al-Muallami reaffirmed that adopting the resolution by consensus comes to strengthen unity and solidarity and to assure the world that everyone is united against terrorism and extremism, united in protecting human values, protecting religious sites, and protecting basic human rights, including freedom of belief, freedom of opinion and freedom of expression within the framework of mutual respect, tolerance and dialogue. Continuous.


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