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ADOPTION OF MALAYSIA-SPONSORED UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION ENTITLED “COMBATING TERRORISM AND OTHER ACTS
OF VIOLENCE BASED ON RELIGION OR BELIEF”
2 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK
On 2 April 2019, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted without a vote, Resolution A/RES/73/285 entitled “Combating Terrorism and Other Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief”. Malaysia, alongside Indonesia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Qatar and Turkey sponsored the resolution. Another 36 Member States co-sponsored the resolution.
The resolution, among others, condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack aimed at Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15 March 2019; deplored all acts of violence against persons on the basis of their religion or beliefs including all attacks on religious places; and called for strengthened international efforts to foster a global dialogue on the promotion of a culture of tolerance and peace based on respect for human rights and the diversity of religions and beliefs.
Malaysia, in explaining its position following the adoption of the UNGA resolution, asserted that acts of terror and violence based on religion or beliefs must be rejected as a whole, and called on all Member States to earnestly promote inter-cultural and interfaith dialogue in promoting peace, moderation and religious tolerance. Malaysia’s constructive engagement that led to the adoption of the resolution is in line with the Foreign Policy Framework of the New Malaysia vis-à-vis proactive in foreign policy conduct that requires the country’s foreign policy practitioners to engage more actively in the processes to shape opinions and build consensus.
The adoption of the UNGA resolution demonstrated that the global community is united in condemning acts of terrorism that targets individuals, including persons belonging to religious minorities; and based on or in the name of religion or belief. Malaysia remains resolute in combatting and preventing acts of terror and violence based on religion or belief.
4 April 2019