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  • Ahmed Saleh

AOHR warns of increasing Islamophobia in Western nations despite human rights claims

Cairo, March 15, 2024, The Arab Observatory for Human Rights (AOHR) issued a stark warning regarding the rising tide of hatred directed towards Islam and Muslims, particularly in Western nations that profess a commitment to human rights principles.

In a statement released on Friday to coincide with the International Day to Combat Islamophobia observed annually on March 15, the AOHR emphasized the importance of fostering an environment of tolerance, peace, and mutual acceptance, which it deems as inherent human rights. The organization highlighted that no one should have the liberty to infringe upon these rights, even in the wake of terrorist incidents that claim affiliation with Islam and the teachings of the Holy Quran.

The statement underlined the potential grave consequences of escalating Islamophobia, stating that it poses a significant threat to global stability, security, and harmonious coexistence among nations.

Furthermore, the AOHR stressed the urgent need for enacting binding legislation to combat Islamophobia effectively and hold accountable those responsible for perpetrating Islamophobic acts, such as the burning of copies of the Holy Quran.

The organization also called upon Arab and Islamic countries to launch promotional campaigns aimed at Western nations to showcase the inherent tolerance within Islam. These campaigns are seen as crucial in combating defamation campaigns targeting Islam and Muslims and promoting a better understanding of the religion's principles of peaceful coexistence.

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