UN Declares Aug. 22 International Day Of Victims Of Religious Violence

The UN General Assembly on Tuesday, declared Aug.22, as International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.

This followed the adoption of draft Resolution A/73/L85 tabled by Poland with support from several other countries, ironically including Nigeria, which has been killing members of the Islamic Movement based on their faith.

Over a thousand members of the Islamic Movement were killed by state agents within one weekend in December 2015 based on their faith and dumped them in mass grave. Several scores have further been killed extrajudiciolly since then by Nigerian security forces.

Other countries that supported dedicating a day to commemorate victims of killings based on their faith include Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan and the United States.

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