Al Qasim on Chapel Hill killings: In’ll community should enforce laws against anti-religious acts without double-standards or selectivity

ABU DHABI, 15th February 2015 (WAM) — Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Aancement and Global Dialogue, Hanif Al Qassim, has urged U.S. authorities to immediately launch an investigation into the10th February murder of three young innocent Muslims inside their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

In a statement, Al Qasim said also called upon the relevant authorities to break their silence and express their position on this “brutal crime” in a clear way, noting that the murderer of the three civilians gave anti-religious remarks.

“International figures immediately give out statements on similar incidents,” he said adding that a unified position should be taken by states and the international community on the targeting of religions and their followers and that anti-religious acts should be countered by objective enforcement of national, regional and international laws that should criminalise hate and incitement rhetoric without selectivity, double standards.

He further said the Chapel Hill crime reveals the brutality of the murderer and noted that Islamophobic rhetoric and anti-Muslim sentiments are on the rise.

Al Qasim also noted that the issue lies in the fact that absolute freedom of expression, nationally and internationally, is being protected while freedom of belief and faith is disregarded.

The three young Muslim students, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were shot dead inside their apartment in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, on 11 February by their neighbour, Craig Hicks.