UN report: UN chief António Guterres called for an end to the persecution of religious groups on Thursday, the first ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief. The Day was created in response to an increasing number of attacks against individuals and groups, targeted simply because of their religion or belief, around the world. Examples, said the Secretary-General, include “Jews have been murdered in synagogues, their gravestones defaced with swastikas; Muslims gunned down in mosques, their religious sites vandalized; Christians killed at prayer, their churches torched.”
On Twitter he wrote:
We have seen a rise in attacks against people targeted because of their religion or belief.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 22, 2019
The world must step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups.
We all have a responsibility to look out for each other.