Anti-Muslim hatred has reached 'epidemic proportions' says UN rights expert, urging action by States

Institutional suspicion and fear of Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim has escalated to epidemic proportions, the Human Rights Council heard on Thursday. Addressing the Council in Geneva, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, independent rights expert Ahmed Shaheed, said that “numerous” States, regional and international bodies were to blame.

Start of Ramadan

I extend my warmest wishes as millions of Muslims around the world begin observing the holy month of Ramadan.

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‘Counter and reject’ leaders who seek to ‘exploit differences’ between us, urges Guterres at historic mosque in Cairo

Speaking in Cairo’s historic al-Azhar mosque on Tuesday, UN chief António Guterres issued a call for societies, faiths and cultures everywhere to “focus on what unites us”, urging everyone to work together towards realizing the 2030 Agenda “for the collective benefit of all”.

French full-body veil ban, violated women’s freedom of religion: UN Human Rights Committee

Following complaints by two French Muslim women, fined for wearing a full-body veil or niqab, a UN Committee of independent human rights experts ruled in their favour on Tuesday, stating that their freedom to practice their religion had been infringed.

Change happens when women "stand up" and demand rights

The only way for women to receive equal rights is for them to “stand up” and “demand” them, a women’s rights activist told a meeting at UN Headquarters this week.

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UN rights chief welcomes efforts to restore calm in wake of anti-Islam film, cartoons

The UN human rights chief has welcomed the efforts of senior Muslim figures to restore calm amidst violence related to an anti-Islam film and cartoons, and highlighted how ignoring such “provocative” products can be the best way to deal with them.

Malaysian leader calls for union of moderates to combat religious intolerance – UN

Decrying what he said was a rising tide of Islamophobia, Malaysia’s Prime Minister at the General Assembly today called for the creation of a global coalition of moderates to combat the forces of religious extremism.

Ban highlights collaboration between UN and Islamic bloc

The United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) share the common goals of peace, security and global harmony, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, highlighting joint efforts in a range of hotspots around the world.

Condemning 'offensively anti-Islamic' video, Ban Ki-moon appeals for calm

Secretary-General today led a chorus of United Nations condemnation of the Internet broadcast of a video made by the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, describing it as “offensively anti-Islamic,” while he also called on those upset by the film to remain calm.

Tourism promotes intercultural understanding, Secretary-General says

Tourism can play a key role in advancing understanding among cultures, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.