FM urges global charter against religious slurs

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Egypt has called on the international community and the United Nations to work for a document which condemns the crimes of offending and defaming religions, reported the Italian news agency AKI.

The request was made by Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit during the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference being held in Islamabad. The document should be adopted unanimously by the countries of the international community, with the aim of preventing violence and discrimination and preserving stability and peace, he was reported to have said.

Aboul Gheit added that religions have too often been victims in recent times of attacks under the guise of freedom of expression and that particularly the Muslim faithful must deal with increasing “Islamophobia. He noted that Egypt has been committed for years to promoting dialogue between relgions as otulined in the Charter of Human Rights.

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