UNITED NATIONS, October 17 — The highest official of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has condemned the beheading of a French schoolteacher in a Paris suburb on Friday, saying ‘such a heinous crime’ unjustifiable when, where and by whoever committed. ”
A statement issued by UNAOC spokesman on Saturday said the alliance’s High Representative, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, emphasized that “cohesion, peace and tolerance are rooted in religions across the faith spectrum.”
The statement read: ‘He (the High Representative) reiterates that respect for others, regardless of their culture, religion, religion or race, is crucial to living together in just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
“The High Representative emphasizes that freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He also emphasizes that hate speech and stigma sow division and fragment societies.
“He reiterates that this heinous crime does not deter our commitment and will to stand up to divisive policies and extremist ideologies in all its manifestations.”
Moratinos, the High Representative, expresses his sincere condolences to the families of the victims, the government and the people of France.
According to media reports, the body of the teacher was found in Éragny-sur-Oise, northwest of the capital, and the attacker was killed by police in the same area.
According to the prosecutor’s office, the victim was a teacher at a high school in the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine region. According to the reports, the teacher recently showed controversial images depicting the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
According to the French newspaper Le Monde, some Muslim parents at the school complained about the decision of the slain teacher to use one or more of the cartoons as part of a discussion about the attacks on Charlie Hebdo.