The United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has condemned the move. Burning of Islam’s holy book Koran in Sweden From the leader of the country’s far-right party.
Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the far-right political party Hardline, burned the Holy Quran outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm on January 21 under the protection of Swedish police.
UNAOC High Representative Miguel Angel Moratinos said, “While the High Representative emphasizes the importance of upholding freedom of expression as a fundamental human right, he also emphasizes that the burning of the Koran is an act of violence against Muslims. It is tantamount to expressing hatred against.” The spokesperson said in a statement.
“This is an insult and an insult to the followers of Islam and should not be reconciled with freedom of expression,” the statement added.
The representative of UNAOC also expressed his deep concern at the growing incidence of discrimination and intolerance against any religious or other communities around the world.
Moratinos called for mutual respect among nations and the promotion of “inclusive and peaceful societies based on human rights and dignity for all.”
Islamic countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan and Somalia have also condemned the brutal act and accused Sweden of “state-sponsored Islamophobia”.
Turkey Swedish Defense Minister Paul Johnson’s planned visit to Ankara has been canceled amid diplomatic tensions.
Condemning the practice, Swedish Prime Minister Alf Kristerson said, “Freedom of expression is a fundamental part of democracy. But what is legal is not necessarily appropriate. For many people, burning holy books is an extremely blasphemous act.”
“I want to express my sympathy to all Muslims who are angry about what happened in Stockholm,” he added.
Tensions between Sweden and Turkey began when Turkey blocked bids by Sweden and Finland to join the NATO alliance. In response to Turkey’s response to NATO requests, protesters in Sweden hanged an effigy of the Turkish president and activist Paludan burned a Koran after a long speech attacking Islam.