The ambassador and permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in Geneva said that freedom of speech should not be used as an excuse to promote Islamophobia and violence against Muslims.

Iran PressEurope: Iranian ambassador to UN in Vienna, Ali Bahraini, at the ceremony of the International Day "Combating Islamophobia", stated that the fight against Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslims is through the establishment of necessary laws, education, dialogue and confronting the stereotypes that exist against Islam and Muslims in Western countries.

He added: "Islamophobia is more than anything caused by prejudice and discrimination against Muslims, which can have serious consequences for individuals and societies."

Bahraini emphasized that Islamophobia or any other action against the sacred symbols of Muslims is not a legitimate form of freedom of speech, but a form of prejudice that can cause harm.

In 2022, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the initiative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, according to which March 15 was called the "International Day against Islamophobia".

This resolution asks all governments, international organizations and individuals to take action to deal with the phenomenon of Islamophobia. 219