UN General Assembly condemns desecration of Holy Books

NEW YORK — In response to recent incidents of Quran burnings and desecrations in European countries, which have sparked international outrage, the United Nations General Assembly has approved a resolution condemning all acts of violence against Holy Books.

The resolution, submitted by Morocco, received consensus approval from the UNGA. It strongly deplores all acts of violence directed at individuals based on their religion or belief, as well as any such acts targeted at their religious symbols, holy books, homes, businesses, properties, schools, cultural centers, or places of worship. The resolution also denounces attacks on religious places, sites, and shrines that violate international law.

On 12 July, the United Nations Human Rights Council also condemned the violations of the Quran that occurred in Sweden at the end of June. Despite the Council’s resolution, some Western countries voted against it.