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The National Society for Human Rights has welcomed the resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly that calls for measures to combat Islamophobia and appointing a Special Envoy for the United Nations concerned with combating Islamophobia.  The Society has considered this an important step to renounce the discourse of racism, intolerance, extremism, hatred and incitement to violence and its practice against Muslims.

The Chairman of the Society, Mr. Khalid bin Abdul Rahman Al-Fakhri,  has stressed on the importance of this decision, which will contribute to promoting tolerance, peaceful coexistence, integration and community participation. The decision will also help in reducing religious tensions, conflicts and associated violence, which positively affects world peace and supports building bridges of dialogue and understanding that contribute to achieving a more sustainable peace in the international community.

Besides, the Society has referred to the appointment of the United Nations Special Envoy to combat hatred against Muslims and urged States to take all necessary measures, including legislative and policy measures, to combat religious intolerance, negative stereotypes, hatred and incitement to violence against Muslims.

Finally, the Chairman of the Society has appreciated the Kingdom’s constant support for international efforts aimed at combating extremist ideas, and its adoption of the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence between different cultures and religions, which had a great impact on consolidating a culture of mutual respect among followers of different religions and sects, as well as promoting a culture of coexistence, tolerance and moderation.

National Society for Human Rights