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United Nations: Establishes annual day commemorating victims of religiously motivated violence

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The UN General Assembly yesterday voted to adopt 22 August as the annual UN International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.

The proposal, tabled by Poland, was adopted by consensus. The day will recognize the victims of “all acts of violence against persons on the basis of their religion or belief, as well as any such acts directed against their homes, businesses, properties, schools, cultural centers or places of worship, as well as all attacks on and in religious places, sites and shrines that are in violation of international law”.

In Iran, religiously motivated violence tends to be state-led. Since the revolution 40 years ago, this has included the murder of several Christian leaders, the violent arrest and interrogation of many others, and the forced confiscation and closure of several churches and other Christian properties.

Many nations in the world are guilty either state sponsored or fanatic mob instigated violence against minority especially Christians are targeted. Countries like India, China, Middle East, Sree Lanka, Pakistan are worst situations where Christians are persecuted. Christian Mirror has reported on 28 May, 2019 about a Pastor in Maharashtra wounded and later died in hospital. This year marks twenty years of the martyrdom of Australian missionary Graham Stains and two children burned to death in Orisha, eastern state of India.

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