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Good morning, this is Kasmira. Our attention is on the Human Rights Council, where in a lengthy debate on the recent Quran burning in Sweden, several Muslim countries called for accountability as the UN human rights chief condemned the incident and said it was designed “to drive wedges between people and to provoke”.

The debate came after an earlier session on racism and discrimination, where the UN's special rapporteur urged countries to fight against the rise of hateful rhetoric.

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A man rises a copy of Islam's holy book, the Quran, during a protest against the burning a copy of the Quran in Sweden. (Credit: Keystone/Ameer Al-Mohammedawi/dpa)

Volker Türk: Quran burning incident ‘manufactured’ to divide and incite hatred. The United Nations’ human rights chief on Tuesday condemned the recent burning of a Quran in Sweden and said such actions were fabricated to provoke anger and division. Volker Türk was addressing members of the UN’s Human Right Council at a last-minute meeting called as a matter of “urgency” by Pakistan on behalf of several other Muslim countries after a man in Sweden set pages of the Quran on fire outside of a mosque. Countries will vote on the draft resolution forward at the debate today.

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