Press Statement Attributable to
the Spokesperson of the High Representative for
the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)
on the Terrorist Attack at a Sikh Temple in Kabul, Afghanistan
New York – 25 March 2020
The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), H.E. Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, expressed his dismay at the terrorist attack that took place on Wednesday morning at a Sikh Temple in Kabul, Afghanistan, which killed 25 victims, including a child. News reports indicate that ISIL has claimed responsibility for the attack. Today’s despicable attack comes at a time when the world is facing a pandemic which adversely impacts all of us, requiring us to stand together as “One Humanity” .
The High Representative stresses that attacks targeting sacred sites and worshippers are intolerable and have to stop. He recalls the UN Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites, which was developed by UNAOC. He calls on all governments, as well as all relevant stakeholders, to support the implementation of the plan to guarantee the sanctity of worship places and the safety of worshipers.
Mr. Moratinos notes previous terrorist attacks on Sikhs and other religious minorities in Afghanistan adding that today’s attack adds to an expanding number of attacks targeting various faith communities around the world. He reiterates that such outrageous acts of terror should not dissuade us from working together to promote solidarity, respect, and peace globally.
On behalf of UNAOC, the High Representative expresses his condolences to the victims’ families and conveys his solidarity to the people and the Government of Afghanistan.
Ms. Nihal Saad, UNAOC Chief of Cabinet and Spokesperson for the High Representative
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