Russia calls Islamophobia 'an unacceptable form of racism'

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia stands in solidarity with the approaches of Muslim countries and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on the issue.

14 Mar 2024 06:30pm
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaks to the media in Moscow on March 29, 2018. - (Photo by YURI KADOBNOV / AFP)
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaks to the media in Moscow on March 29, 2018. - (Photo by YURI KADOBNOV / AFP)
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MOSCOW - Russia considers Islamophobia "an unacceptable form of racism," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

Speaking at a news conference in Moscow, Zakharova said Russia stands in solidarity with the approaches of Muslim countries and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on this issue.

"We stand against discrimination and harassment of Muslims on the grounds of religious affiliation as well as for ensuring religious freedoms based on respect for not only the individual but also collective rights of believers," she said, according to Anadolu Agency.

Zakharova pledged Russia's support for a draft resolution of the Muslim countries at the UN General Assembly titled "Measures to Combat Islamophobia" dedicated to the International Day to Combat Islamophobia, which is celebrated every year on March 15.

The resolution prescribes respect for Islam as a component of the principle of cultural and religious diversity and also provides for the establishment of the mandate of the UN Special Envoy to combat this form of religious intolerance, she noted.

"Russia is a co-sponsor of the draft resolution," she said. - BERNAMA

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