UN rights experts urge Malaysia to reverse decision to restrict use of ‘Allah’ to Muslims

Several independent United Nations human rights experts today urged the Malaysian Government to reverse its decision to ban a Catholic publication from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God, warning that the case may have far-reaching implications for religious minorities in the country.

Harmful practices against women and girls can never be justified by religion – UN expert

Harmful practices inflicted on women and girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief, an independent United Nations human rights expert told a General Assembly committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues today.

Religious communities must embrace shared values to foster peace – UN officials

Senior United Nations officials today stressed the importance of religious communities joining forces to foster peace and development and to combat extremism.

Ban applauds Pope Benedict’s commitment to inter-faith dialogue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded the commitment of Pope Benedict XVI to inter-faith dialogue and the promotion of peace, in reaction to the Pontiff’s decision to step down at the end of this month.