UN human rights chief condemns religious attacks around the world

Recent attacks on religious groups in various countries across the world have been condemned by the United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay.

Navi Pillay

Navi Pillay

Ms. Pillay is urging states to show determination in combating such violence and rooting out discriminatory laws and practices affecting religious minorities.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

Navi Pillay says that fanaticism which has led to deadly attacks on religious groups in various countries around the world creates particular difficulties for states.

Ms. Pillay stresses that this is not a challenge limited to one region or religion but all countries have religious minorities who face discrimination to a greater or lesser extent.

Attacks on churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other religious sites around the world, as well as targeted attacks against individuals, she adds, should act as a wake-up call to everyone.

She says recent attacks “are a tragic reminder that protection of minority rights is not only a human rights imperative but also a key element in preventing conflict, before it gets out of hand.”

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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