While the 53rd ordinary session of the Human Rights Council was continuing in Geneva, an emergency special session was held upon the call of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The OIC resolution on the recent disrespect and attacks on the Qur’an was discussed in the 47-member Council.
In the draft resolution submitted by the OIC; A call was made to condemn the attacks targeting the Qur’an and described as “hatred against religion”.
The draft resolution, which was submitted to the emergency session held to address the attacks on the Qur’an, was voted on by Belgium, who took the floor on behalf of the EU.
In their statements before the vote, some EU member states, as well as the USA and the UK, declared that they would vote “no” to the bill on condemning the provocations of burning the Holy Quran.
Upon the extension of the speeches by some countries, the Council decided to meet again tomorrow and vote on the condemnation bill of the OIC.
Türkiye condemns the attacks on the Quran
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yasin Ekrem Serim, while attending the emergency session via video message, condemned the recent attacks on the Qur’an.
On the other hand, Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia and Iran and Qatar’s Minister of State for International Cooperation also made statements in the session via video message.
The recent attacks on the Qur’an were condemned by the UN Secretary General and the Pope.
The decisions taken in the 47-member UN Human Rights Council are not binding, but the opinion that comes out of it affects the possible decisions to be taken by the national parliaments. In addition, these decisions are important in terms of forming international public opinion.