The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, condemned the “new forms” of racism, stereotypes against Muslims and the burning of the Koran, calling them “clear Islamophobic acts”, reports Anadolu.
In his speech at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Ibrahim said that inaction against such acts sends a “dangerous” message to humanity.
“We are concerned about the emergence of new forms of racism, characterized by xenophobia, negative profiling and stereotyping of Muslims,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that such actions “have manifested in an alarming trend of hatred, intolerance and acts of violence against Muslims and their sacred things”, adding: “We are appalled by the legitimization of these acts under the flimsy pretext of protection of human rights”.
Condemning Russia’s war against Ukraine, Anwar called for peaceful negotiations to end the conflict, adding that the UN’s vision was “dissolving” with the emergence of “mini-lateralism”.
Speaking about Myanmar, the Malaysian prime minister called on the junta to implement the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Five-Point Consensus.
Promising to continue humanitarian support for war-torn Afghanistan, the prime minister urged the Taliban to end “exclusion and discrimination against women and girls”.
He also called on the international community to speak out against atrocities against Palestinians.
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