President Hassan Rouhani has condemned the heinous killing of the three US Muslim students in North Carolina.
The president’s message called for global action to address the root causes of violence and hatred toward religion. The president also offered condolences to the bereaved families, and ‘all free men and women and supporters of human rights.’
It is expected that all authorities do their best to protect the rights of all citizens including Muslims; the horrific crime is a despicable act worthy of condemnation, and a manifestation of the spread of violence and extremism, the message read in part.
“The preliminary reports are very disturbing because they depict hatred of Islam and religion in general as the motives behind the crime. Violence and violation of human glory and honor, whether in the name of religion or through anti-religious acts fly in the face of ethical principles and religious teachings of all heavenly religions,” the message emphasized.
“Those who cultivate hatred of Islam will stir up violence in society; the time has come for thinkers, reformers, the civil society and the governments to fight violence and examine the roots of crimes fed by hatred of religion and to rid the international community of the burden of this shame,” said the president.