IPHRC strongly condemned the inhuman mass execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by extremists in Libya and called it an abhorrent and despicable act of hatred and xenophobia. Targeting people based on their religion or belief is one of the worst crimes that goes against norms of civility in all societies, it added. The Commission also extended its deep condolences to the bereaved families of the victims and to the government and people of Egypt.
IPHRC reiterated its firm view that extremism was alien to Islamic ethos and reminded that murdering innocent people was not just a crime under international law but was also deplored under Islamic teachings as one of the worst crimes. It recalled that Islam was a religion of peace and serenity, which highly values the sanctity of human life and promotes non-discrimination in all aspects of one’s life.
The Commission added that perpetrators of these crimes do not represent the pristine religion of Islam and their attempts to justify their criminal and appalling acts through Islamic teachings have been squarely condemned from all corners of the Muslim world that amply proves the hollowness of their logic and arguments. The Commission called for unity and joint action by all relevant actors in Libyan society to promote interfaith dialogue and harmony as well as urged relevant authorities to bring to justice those responsible for such acts without impunity.
The IPHRC also took the opportunity to convey its grave concern over the rise of Religion based hatred in other parts of the world in particular those acts that lead to violence and discrimination. To that end, the Commission recalled and squarely condemned another manifestation of such acts in North Carolina, where three young Muslims were killed, supposedly based on their religious beliefs.