In a statement launched by his Spokesperson, António Guterres prolonged his condolences to the households of the victims, and reaffirmed “the solidarity of the United Nations with the individuals and the Authorities of France.”
A lone attacker armed with a knife entered the Notre Dame Basilica within the metropolis centre at round 9am, in keeping with information reviews. A person and a lady died on the scene, whereas one other lady died from her accidents. The attacker was injured after being shot by police and brought to hospital.
French authorities are treating it as a terrorist incident.
Assaults in France, Saudi Arabia
The lethal assault in Good, was not the one violent incident to happen on Thursday, within the wake of a robust response in France, led by President Macron, to the beheading of a instructor close to Paris almost two weeks in the past.
That assault was reportedly carried out in response to the re-publication of satirical caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed, within the Charlie Hebdo journal.
A person was shot lifeless on Thursday close to the southern French metropolis of Avignon, after reportedly threatening police with a handgun, and in keeping with information reviews, a guard outdoors the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was attacked and wounded. The suspect was detained.
Following the killings in Good, French police have launched a homicide inquiry, with President Macron denouncing it as an “Islamist terrorist assault”, and the nationwide safety alert system has been raised to its highest stage.
Within the wake of the killing of college instructor Samuel Paty, and President Macron’s defence of the publication of the cartoons, there have been protests in some Muslim nations at what’s being perceived as an anti-Muslim backlash, and requires a boycott of French items, together with from Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
‘Insupportable and completely unjustifiable’ assaults, however mutual tolerance wanted
In a statement issued in response to the killings in Good, the senior UN official who oversees the safety of non secular websites and advocates for non secular tolerance, Miguel Aìngel Moratinos, strongly condemned the “barbaric assault”, stressing that any assaults focusing on civilians, together with worshippers, have been “insupportable and completely unjustifiable, each time, wherever and by whomsoever dedicated.”
However the Excessive-Consultant for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), additionally famous that such “outrageous crimes mustn’t dissuade us from working collectively to advertise mutual respect and peace globally, as one humanity.”
In an earlier statement launched on Wednesday, he mentioned that he was following the fallout from “rising tensions and situations of intolerance” triggered by the publication of the satirical caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed, with “deep concern”.
He identified that the re-publication of the pictures has been considered as “insulting and deeply offensive” by many Muslims.
“The inflammatory caricatures have additionally provoked acts of violence in opposition to harmless civilians who have been attacked for his or her sheer faith, perception or ethnicity.
“The Excessive-Consultant stresses that insulting religions and sacred non secular symbols, provokes hatred and violent extremism resulting in polarization and fragmentation of society”, mentioned the assertion. “He requires mutual respect of all religions and beliefs and for fostering a tradition of fraternity and peace.”
Mr. Moratinos famous that “the liberty of faith or perception and the liberty of expression are interdependent, interrelated and mutually re-enforcing rights rooted within the articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), noting that upholding and defending these elementary rights is the first duty of Member States.
Respect all religions
“On the identical time, freedom of expression needs to be exercised in a approach that absolutely respects the non secular beliefs and tenets of all religions.”
He mentioned violence was by no means a justifiable or acceptable response to acts of intolerance on the idea of faith or perception.
The Excessive-Consultant is accountable for implementing a UN Plan of Action and Strategy on Hate Speech, a information to assist struggle hate speech, racism and discrimination.
The UNAOC was created fifteen years in the past to bolster battle prevention by way of the promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue and construct bridges of understanding between totally different cultures and religions.