| 15 April 2024, Monday |

Muslim group says measures needed to prevent Koran desecration

After the Koran was burned in a rally in Sweden on Sunday, a coalition of 57 Muslim nations declared that collective action is required to combat acts of desecration of the holy book and that international law should be used to end religious intolerance.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, whose members tend to have Muslim majorities, released the statement following an emergency conference called in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to review the tragedy on Wednesday.

“We must send constant reminders to the international community regarding the urgent application of international law, which clearly prohibits any advocacy of religious hatred,” OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha said.

A man tore up and burned a Koran outside Stockholm’s central mosque on Wednesday, the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holidays. The act angered OIC member Turkey whose backing Sweden needs to gain entry to the NATO military alliance.

Swedish police had granted permission for a protest to take place. But after the burning, police charged the man who carried it out with agitation against an ethnic or national group.

The incident has triggered large protests in Baghdad in front of the Swedish Embassy. It has also been condemned by the United States.

Turkey in late January suspended talks with Sweden on its NATO application after a Danish far-right politician burned a copy of the Koran near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.

  • Reuters