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India backs Pakistan’s resolution at UN condemning Quran burning in Sweden

India on Wednesday supported Pakistan’s resolution at the United Nations that condemned the Quran burning in Sweden. The Human Rights Council, the UN’s top human rights body, approved a measure calling on countries to do more to prevent religious hatred in the wake of Quran burnings in Europe. The resolution was backed by many developing countries in Africa and the Middle East, as well as China and India.Among the countries that voted against the resolution were the US, UK, France, Finland, Belgium, Germany, and others. The resolution was passed with 28 votes while 12 opposed and 7 were absent. The resolution, which comes in the wake of recent Quran burnings in parts of Europe, calls on countries to take steps to “”prevent and prosecute acts and advocacy of religious hatred that constitute an incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence””.After the vote, Ambassador Khalil Hashmi of Pakistan insisted the measure did not seek to curtail the right to free speech but it tried to strike a “”prudent balance”” between it and “”special duties and responsibilities””. For more such news and updates subscribe to HW News English

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