Temple of Bel in Palmyra in Syria destroyed by ISIS in 2015
Temple of Bel in Palmyra in Syria destroyed by ISIS in 2015. Image: still video CBSN YouTube

UN adopts resolution condemning offences against religious sites

On Thursday 21 January 2021, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution condemning offences against religious sites and cultural heritage. The resolution is titled “Promoting a culture of peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites“.

The General Assembly expressed concern that religious sites are increasingly targeted by terrorist attacks and outlawed militias, resulting in the destruction of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

The General Assembly called for the United Nations to organise a global conference and to continue to develop educational initiatives and communication campaigns at strengthening the protection of religious sites and cultural heritage.

United Nation Member States, regional and non-governmental organisations and other relevant stakeholders are invited to support the United Nations Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites.

Sources: United Nations press release and resolution.

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