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GENEVA (Reuters) – Pakistan’s international minister stated on Tuesday that the desecration of the Koran amounted to the incitement of non secular hatred because the U.N. Human Rights Council debated a contentious movement within the wake of a Koran burning in Sweden final month.

The movement, introduced by Pakistan in response to the incident in Sweden, seeks a report from the U.N. rights chief on the subject and calls on states to assessment their legal guidelines and plug gaps which will “impede the prevention and prosecution of acts and advocacy of non secular hatred”.

It has highlighted rifts within the U.N. physique between the West and a Muslim grouping, with western members involved about its implications free of charge speech and challenges posed to long-held practices in human rights safety.

An Iraqi immigrant to Sweden burned the Koran exterior a Stockholm mosque final month, sparking outrage throughout the Muslim world and protests in a number of Pakistani cities.

“We should see this clearly for what it’s: incitement to non secular hatred, discrimination and makes an attempt to impress violence,” Pakistan’s Overseas Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari informed the council through video hyperlink, saying such acts had occurred underneath “authorities sanction and with the sense of impunity”.

“It is very important perceive the deep damage {that a} public and premeditated act of the Koran’s desecration causes to Muslims. It’s an assault on their religion,” he added.

His remarks had been echoed by Saudi Arabia’s Overseas Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, who additionally condemned the Sweden incident.

U.N. Human Rights Chief Volker Turk informed the 47-member council that inflammatory acts towards Muslims, in addition to different religions or minorities, are “offensive, irresponsible and improper”.

However, he continued, these had been “advanced areas” and care must be taken in setting authorized limits on free speech, which may very well be abused by these in energy.

(Reporting by Emma Farge and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Modifying by Emma Rumney)

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