General Statement (after adoption) by Mr. Ervin NINA, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Albania to the United Nations - Third Committee of the UN General Assembly

Albania on the draft resolution A/C.3/69/L.39/Rev.1 - "Combating Intolerance negative stereotyping, stigmatization, discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons, based on religion or belief" - 24 November 2014

Madame Chair,

Albania firmly believes in freedom of religion or belief. We are pleased to being able to join consensus on this very important resolution today.

We however remain deeply concerned on the increasing number of acts of violence and intolerance against individuals based on religion or belief.

We are further saddened by the information contained in many reports presented before the Committee that widespread and systematic human rights violations perpetrated by Governments against individuals belonging to ethnic, religious and other minorities, in some cases might constitute crimes against humanity.

On the negotiation process, we welcome the fact that the OIC and the EU were committed to dialogue in a good faith.

We are of the view that our efforts should now focus on actions to turn the provisions of these resolutions into reality.

I thank you Madame Chair.

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