UN's Guterres Urges World to Stamp out Religious Persecution
[AAWSAT] Secretary-General António Guterres
...Portuguese politician and diplomat, ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015. He was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and was the Secretary-General of the Socialist Party from 1992 to 2002. He served as President of the Socialist International from 1999 to 2005. In both a 2012 and 2014 poll, the Portuguese public ranked him as the best Prime Minister of the previous 30 years...
urged the world on the first international day to remember the victims of religious persecution to "step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Moslem hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups."

The UN chief on Thursday cited a rise in attacks against individuals and groups around the world, saying: "Jews have been murdered in synagogues, their gravestones defaced with swastikas; Moslems bumped off in mosques, their religious sites vandalized; Christians killed at prayer, their churches torched."

Guterres said the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief was an opportunity to show support by doing "all in our power to prevent such attacks and demanding that those responsible are held accountable."

He urged people everywhere to resist and reject those who "falsely and maliciously invoke religion to build misconceptions, fuel division, and spread fear and hatred."

Posted by: Fred 2019-08-24