5 November 2012

Statement by Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran,

Third Committee of the 67thSession of the UNGA

Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and all Forms of Discrimination

New York, 5 November 2012



At the outset, I would like to associate myself with the statement made by Algeria on be half of the G77.

Mr. Chairman,

We would like to thank the Secretary-General for his reports submitted under this agenda item and also thank the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, for his comprehensive report and presentation.

The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the dialogue among civilizations, intercultural dialogue, education and respect for cultural diversity are crucially important for combating the scourge of racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and all Forms of Discrimination in all parts of the world.

Despite all efforts of international community since the foundation of the UN, the scourge of Racism still persists and even continues to be a major obstacle to friendly and peaceful relations among peoples and nations. This evil phenomenon in different forms and manifestations is not only often among the root causes of internal and international conflicts, including armed conflicts, but also poses a real threat to the daily life of the ethnic and religious minorities in modern societies.

Mr. Chairman,

In some part of the world particularly in some countries, racial and xenophobic attitudes and actions, discrimination, violence and hostile acts increasingly have targeted different groups of minorities especially the Muslim communities, indigenous peoples, immigrants, African or Asian origins, Romas, and other vulnerable groups.

Alarming that, there is also an increasing tendency on the part of politicians in some countries to stigmatize people on the basis of religion, race, color, descent and national or ethnic origin and to use racist propaganda on politics.

Mr. Chairman,

Today, Among different victim groups of racism and racial discrimination, Muslim minorities in the some western countries have an alarming human rights situation.

Regrettably ,In addition to traditional forms of discrimination which have been experienced by Muslims for decades,  in recent years, as a result of some official policies and practices especially counter-terrorism strategies, media’s negative stereotyping and stigmatization against Muslims, and activities of motivated individuals and groups in some western countries, including the right wing political movements and parties, we witnessed an upsurge in Islamophobia in certain parts of the world. The new trend manifested itself in various forms, including: direct attacks and desecration of Muslim places of worship, cemeteries and other Islamic centers; burning mosques; insulting Islamic sanctities ; and banning  public performance  of some religious duties.

 Mr. Chairman,

While condemning, We express grave concern over the recent instances of desecration of Muslim sanctities in particular, the recent sacrilegious movie against the Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) as well as burning the holy Quran in certain parts of the world which are just most recent alarming instances of Islamophobia in 2012.

Undoubtedly these Islamophobic acts cultivate animosity among different groups of people and nations in home and abroad. And should be condemned strongly and unanimously and be prevented by all possible means. In this regard we remind all respected states of the content of articles 19 and 20 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, article 4 of International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the relevant provisions of other international human rights instruments.

Mr. Chairman:

It is our common duty to combat seriously with all forms of racism and racial discrimination especially Islamphobia.  In this respect:

We strongly emphasize the responsibilities of the western states to take effective measures in order to eliminate of all discrimination against Muslims.

Finally, we call upon all states to effectively implement their commitments contained in   The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the outcome document of the Durban Review Conference and also to continuingly bring their support to the Durban process.

I thank you

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