The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the desecration of the Holy Quran on Thursday during a protest outside the Iraqi Embassy in Stockholm, describing it as an act of provocation.

Iran Press/Middle East: Hissein Brahim Taha expressed deep disappointment that Swedish authorities continue to grant permission for protests likely to include the desecration of religious symbols such as the Muslim holy book, despite the potentially serious consequences, and highlighted the fact that the UN Human Rights Council recently adopted a resolution on “countering religious hatred constituting incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.”

He emphasized the importance of adhering to the principles of international law and urged Swedish authorities to stop granting permission for extremist groups and individuals to carry out such provocative and potentially dangerous activities. He also called on the nation’s government to take action to avoid any further escalation of the situation.