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Sweden minister: Quran burnings damage security, country’s image

July 28, 2023 at 11:02 am

Muslims stage a demonstration against the burning of Holy Quran by an extremist in Stockholm, in front of the Embassy of Sweden on July 02, 2023 [Raşid Necati Aslım/Anadolu Agency]

The Swedish Minister of Justice, Gunnar Strommer, has criticised the repeated incidents of burning the Holy Quran, saying they have worsened the security situation and damaged Sweden’s image, Anadolu news agency reported.

“It is a grave situation that Sweden is being portrayed as an Islamophobic country, while the Quran burnings not only made the country less safe but also hurt its image,” Strommer told a joint news conference with Charlotte von Essen, head of the Swedish Security Service.

He explained that his country has accelerated actions against terrorism and put 15 institutions on alert.

Von Essen said the terrorist threat in the country has risen since March and will remain high.

On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning all acts of violence against the holy books, as a violation of international law.

On 12 July, the United Nations Human Rights Council condemned the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden, despite Western countries voting against the council’s proposed resolution in this regard.

Recent months have seen repeated acts of Quran burnings or desecration, or attempts to do so, by Islamophobic figures or groups, especially in northern European and Nordic countries, drawing global outrage.

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