Saudi Arabia. The UN counterterrorism structure is unable to prevent Islamophobia and racism

Okaz/Saudi Official Gazette

NEW YORK – Saudi Arabia said that the current structure of the United Nations and its international counter-terrorism structure have proven unable to stem the phenomenon of stereotypes against Muslims and have been instrumental in triggering a wave of terrorist attacks against Muslims based on Islamophobia, racism and xenophobia.

Addressing the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) group at the UN here, Counselor Muhammad Al-Ateeq, Chargé d’Affaires at the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom to the UN, said that it has become clear that the current UN counter-terrorism system structure and tools to counter it no longer keep up with evolving threats.

He identified the vacuum in the fight against these threats, in particular those related to new threats arising from racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, carried out by nationalist extremists, the far right and other groups. and ideologies.

These new threats currently pose a major challenge to the international community, he said.

“The OIC Group reaffirms that terrorism should not be linked to any religion, race, belief, value, culture or society, because the experience of the past two decades has shown that the current structure of the United Nations and the structure international fight against terrorism have led to stereotypes of Muslims.

“The agenda for preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism over the past two decades has largely focused on so-called violent Islamic extremism,” he said.

Al-Ateeq noted that such an approach not only undermines the fundamental rights of Muslim communities and Muslims in many parts of the world, but has also triggered a wave of terrorist attacks against Muslims based on Islamophobia, racism and xenophobia.

The Saudi diplomat stressed the need to distinguish between terrorism and peoples’ exercise of their legitimate right to resist foreign occupation.

“This distinction is stipulated in international law and international humanitarian law, as well as in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter and General Assembly resolution 46/51, which also underlines this position”, he said. -he adds.

Ida M. Morgan