OIC condemns Quran copy burning in Copenhagen, urges Denmark to end religious intolerance

OIC condemns Quran copy burning in Copenhagen, urges Denmark to end religious intolerance

'Continued defence of and inaction against these Islamophobic acts, in the name of freedom of expression, is clearly fostering impunity,' says Organization of Islamic Cooperation

By Burak Bir

LONDON (AA) – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday strongly condemned the desecration of the Holy Quran in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

"We condemn in strongest possible terms the public desecration of the #HolyQuran in Denmark yesterday. The continued defence of and inaction against these Islamophobic acts, in the name of freedom of expression, is clearly fostering impunity," the OIC Geneva Office said on Twitter.

It called on Denmark authorities to comply with "its obligations under international law and implement UN Human Rights Council #HRC53 resolution" on countering religious hatred that was adopted last week.

"Those failing to speak out, despite clear direction by HRC to do so, are fast losing credibility," the OIC stated.

On Friday, members of an Islamophobic group in Denmark burned a copy of the Holy Quran. The Danske Patrioter ultranationalist group carried out the Islamophobic act in front of the Iraqi Embassy in Copenhagen.

They also carried a banner with insulting slogans against Islam before stamping the Iraqi flag and a copy of the Quran under police protection, as seen in the videos shared on social media.

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