FDHRD Condemns the Growth of Extremism out of Religious Hate Speeches in Some Countries

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Today, Sunday, May 15, 2022, Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD), condemned increasing hate speech against religions in some countries where right-wing extremism is on the rise. This causes inflaming the situation and provoking societal violence on a large scale.

FDHRD affirms that the increase of extremist right-wing groups in Europe increases their extremist actions against immigrants in general and Muslims in particular. In Sweden and Denmark, right-wing politicians carry out provocative actions against Muslims, as they burned large numbers of the Qur’an during the month of Ramadan near Muslim neighborhoods under the protection of the police. This led to inflaming Muslims’ feelings and violent clashes with the police forces.

In Nigeria, some Muslim students beat to death a fellow Christian girl. They accused her of publishing a blasphemous post about the Prophet Muhammad on social media. Immediately the perpetrators dragged her, beat her, and burned her body.

In the same context, the Israeli violations are escalating in the occupied territories, and in Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, as a result of hate speech from extremist Yemeni Jewish groups and incitement to repeat the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque squares, resulting in congestion, intertwining, and entering a pace of violence with the Israeli forces.

FDHRD rejects prejudice to religious principles and beliefs, and the inclusion of provocative practices that contradict all human values and principles. FDHRD stresses on the need to respect the right to freedom of religion and belief as a basic human right.

The FDHRD calls for upholding the values of tolerance and acceptance of the other within the framework of freedom of opinion and expression, and rejecting calls for incitement and hatred that would harm the stability and security of societies.

The FDHRD calls on the governments of countries to control hate speech and stress actions that contradict freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of religion and belief.

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