Islamophobia and religiophobia both need to be fought
SummaryIndia’s point at the UN was that marking a day of opposition to Islamophobia should not detract global attention from forms of religiophobia that are unfair to followers of various other faiths
Arecent resolution adopted by the United Nations and proposed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) declares 15 March as an International Day to combat Islamophobia. It was adopted after two years of deliberation and three years from the day that 50 Muslims were killed in a terror attack on a mosque in New Zealand. The objective is to mark on the calendar a yearly reminder to fight Islamophobia across the world. This resolution, moved by Pakistan in the UN General Assembly on behalf of the OIC, claims that, “Islamophobia is a reality. Its manifestations—hate speech, discrimination, and violence against Muslims—are proliferating in several parts of the world."