Press Statement Attributable to
the Spokesperson of the High Representative for
the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)
on the Attacks Against Churches in Chile
New York – 20 October 2020
The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), H.E. Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, condemns the attacks that targeted the churches of La Asunción and San Francisco de Borja in Santiago, Chile, on 18 October, which resulted in burning and vandalization of these places of worship.
The High Representative stresses that attacks targeting worshippers and sacred sites 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 religious sites and the safety of worshipers.
Mr. Moratinos reiterates that such odious acts should strengthen our commitment to working together to promote solidarity, respect, and peace globally as one humanity.
Ms. Nihal Saad, UNAOC Chief of Cabinet and Spokesperson for the High Representative
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