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EU co-hosts forum to combat anti-Muslim discrimination

EU co-hosts forum to combat anti-Muslim discrimination

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Jan 17, 2017 - 13:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The European Union Delegation to the United Nations, together with the Permanent Missions of Canada, the United States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), is co-host a forum on combating anti-Muslim discrimination in New York today (Tuesday).

EU Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis is attending the day-long event at the UN Headquarters. The rise of anti-Muslim discrimination and hatred will be discussed from the perspective of governmental, non-governmental and private sector representatives.

Recommendations for effective responses addressing this challenge in the future would be floated, a statement from the EU said. "We see a general rise in anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination not only in Europe, but also in many other parts of the worldinfo-icon,” EU Special representative to Afghanistaninfo-icon said.

Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin said all forms of religious discrimination were unacceptable and the EU stayed dedicated to counter the trend. Europe is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious area and the EU is built on a high level of protection of basic human rights, according to the envoy.

“No one should be discriminated because of gender, race, ethnicity, religion or belief or sexual orientation. This is a universal principle that all societies – the EU as well as Afghanistan – should respect and strive for," Mellbin added.

The European Union and its member states in Afghanistan played an important role in championing human rights, including non-discrimination, the statement said.

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