Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
said Wednesday that Islamophobia must be recognized as a crime against humanity in the same fashion that Zionism,
and fascism should be.
Speaking at the Fifth Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, Erdogan warned against the rise of fascist forces in Europe.
“We are facing a world in which racist attacks have gained momentum, terrorism has claimed more lives, and religions and sects treat each other with less understanding,” he said.
“Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against humanity,” the Turkish premier said.
The conference was attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
who addressed the forum on Wednesday.
The Alliance of Civilizations was founded in 2005 as a joint initiative of the governments of Turkey
and Spain under the auspices of the UN.
"The Alliance of Civilizations aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions," the Alliance's website said. "It also helps to counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism."
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