Muslims are most subjected to hate speech, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, while vowing to defend rights of the people of disputed Kashmir, in an event co-hosted by Turkey and Pakistan on countering hate speech.
“Today, Muslims are the most subjected to hate speech, cultural racism, discrimination, and insults. Muslims’ workplaces, homes, worshiping places are targeted by racist and fascist groups almost every day,” said the president in a meeting on the sidelines of UNGA.
He said Muslim women are harassed for wearing headscarves on the street and workplaces.
“As a country, which has 6.5 million citizens abroad who are impacted by hate speech and attacks, we cannot overlook this issue,” he added.
He also denounced violence against Muslims in India who eat beef and urged respect for freedom of faith.
He said Kashmir has turned into an open-air prison and its residents have become prisoners.
“Important duties fall on all [foreign] state institutions,” said Erdogan, and urged more active steps on regional and international levels.
“Turkey is resolved to defend the rights of Muslims living in Jammu and Kashmir and make their entry and exit free,” said Erdogan.
The president also criticised the Indian foreign minister and the country’s envoys in Turkey for expressing discomfort over Ankara’s approach to the Kashmir issue.