Statement Attributable to
the Spokesperson of the High Representative for the
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)
on the mosque attack in Niger
New York – 15 October 2021
The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), H.E. Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, strongly condemns the attack on a mosque in Western Niger Tillaberi region earlier this week. The cowardly act which took place during evening prayers killed ten worshipers and injured one according to initial reports. Mr. Moratinos expresses his alarm at the recurrent attacks by extremists groups targeting civilians and places of worship.
The High Representative stresses that all forms of violence and acts of terror against civilians and religious sites based on religion or belief are intolerable and unjustifiable. He reiterates that houses of worship are sacred places where worshipers should be able to practice their faith safely and freely.
He recalls the UN Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites, which was developed by UNAOC, and calls on all governments and relevant stakeholders to support the implementation of the plan to guarantee the safety of holy sites and worshipers.
On behalf of UNAOC, the High Representative expresses his condolences to the victims’ families and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.