“Time To Condemn Hatred Against Non-Abrahamic Religions”: India At UN

He was talking on the first Worldwide Day for Countering Hate Speech. (File)

United Nations:

Denouncing the current “cowardly” and “dastardly” assault on a Sikh gurudwara in Kabul, India on Monday stated it’s time UN member states condemn hatred in opposition to non-Abrahamic religions together with Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism as effectively and cease being selective in combating religiophobia.

A number of blasts tore by means of Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighbourhood on Saturday, killing two individuals, together with a Sikh.

The Islamic State terror group has claimed duty for the lethal terror assault, calling it “an act of help” for the Prophet.

Talking on the high-level assembly within the UN Common Meeting to mark the commemoration of the primary Worldwide Day for Countering Hate Speech, India’s Everlasting Consultant to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti recalled within the 193-member UN physique the assault in opposition to Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala space.

“India has repeatedly emphasised that combating religiophobia can by no means succeed if it continues to be exclusionary and stays restricted to at least one or two religions solely, whereas utterly ignoring the rise in hatred and discrimination in opposition to non-Abrahamic religions together with Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism,” Mr Tirumurti stated.

He stated that the June 18 assault, on the very day the Worldwide Day for Countering Hate Speech was commemorated, is “yet one more tragic instance” of an assault in opposition to the Sikh faith, this time in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“The Gurdwara Karte Parwan was attacked, desecrated and broken. We condemn within the strongest phrases this cowardly, dastardly assault the place lives had been tragically misplaced. It is time the UN member states condemned hatred in opposition to non-Abrahamic religions as effectively and cease from being selective in combating religiophobia,” he stated.

Mr Tirumurti emphasised that “there can’t be double requirements on religiophobias if you happen to really need to fight hate.”

India has persistently known as, together with at numerous UN platforms, for concerted efforts by the worldwide neighborhood to fight hate and violence not simply in opposition to Abrahamic religions however in opposition to all religions, together with Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism.

On a number of events within the UN, Mr Tirumurti has identified that modern types of religiophobia might be witnessed within the improve in assaults on non secular locations of worship like gurudwaras, monasteries and temples or in spreading of hatred and disinformation in opposition to non-Abrahamic religions in lots of international locations.

India has stated that the shattering of the long-lasting Bamiyan Buddha by fundamentalists, the terrorist bombing of the Sikh gurudwara in Afghanistan the place 25 Sikh worshippers had been killed in March 2020 and the destruction of Hindu and Buddhist temples and minority cleaning of those religions by international locations, name for condemning such acts in opposition to these religions additionally.

He stated that hate speech is the antithesis of peace, tolerance and concord.

“Sadly, we proceed to witness a rising development in hate speech. This was significantly evident throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” he stated, including that India had joined 12 different international locations to challenge a cross regional assertion on the infodemic in June 2020.

In March 2020, no less than 25 worshippers had been killed and eight others injured when a closely armed suicide bomber entered a outstanding gurdwara within the coronary heart of Kabul, in one of many deadliest assaults on the Sikh neighborhood within the strife-torn nation.

In 2018, a suicide bomber struck a gathering within the jap metropolis of Jalalabad, while one other gurdwara was attacked in 2020.

For the reason that Taliban took energy in August final 12 months, Afghanistan has seen persevering with assaults by rival Sunni Muslim terrorist group, Islamic State.

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