(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/21/11) –- A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today welcomed passage of a United Nations resolution stating that discrimination based on religion or belief constitutes a violation of human rights.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the resolution -- sponsored by the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and adopted with participation of the United States and the European Union -- also expressed concern about growing incitement to religious hatred worldwide. The resolution was adopted by consensus of the 193 members of the United Nations.
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The resolution states that it is “the obligation of States to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion or belief and to implement measures to guarantee the equal and effective protection of the law.”
SEE: Combating Intolerance, Negative Stereotyping, Stigmatization, Discrimination, Incitement to Violence and Violence Against Persons, Based on Religion or Belief
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“We welcome the passage of this important resolution as an international commitment to reject religious intolerance and to challenge those who seek to stigmatize or discriminate against anyone based on their faith,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.